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Beauty Byte: Could Moisturizers Aggravate Breast Cancer?

As if dealing with cancer isn't difficult enough, now there's some unsettling news about moisturizers. Recently, researchers from Breastlink, a breast cancer treatment center in Southern California, presented the results of a study in which they tested 16 easily accessible moisturizers for estrogen. While none of the samples listed estrogen as an ingredient, six actually contained some type of the hormone — which is terrible news for women with a type of breast cancer that is driven by estrogen.

What's up with the absence of such an important detail? If you're concerned, you could check out Lindi Skin, a soothing skincare line formulated specifically for the sensitive skin of chemotherapy patients. Since the skin absorbs topical products quite readily, applying a nourishing alternative specifically formulated for people with cancer seems like the safest bet to me — not to mention anyone worried about the repeated exposure they may have unknowingly received from any unlabeled creams.


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witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
my grandpa just got diagnosed with cancer and knowing the lotion I put on everyday could give me too much estrogen is terrifying! Thank you for the Lindi Skin lotion link. I have to alert my family about this so it doesn't affect my grandpa while he is undergoing chemo.
belladande belladande 8 years
Thanks, Bellasugar. I figured it out a bit after I posted, which was pretty late last night. Still, I'm having trouble with this report, or release to be more accurate, because it doesn't list the brands. Similar to when we were told that some mascaras contained mercury and some lipsticks still had lead in them, concerned people will be in tizzies until someone decides it's okay to tell them what to look for. Already I'm seeing posts online of panicking women wondering if they should stop using their lotions. I don't think the teaser campaign is the best strategy when serious health matters are at stake.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Belladande, Hi! The "source" on the bottom of our posts is where we give credit for the image used in the post. If you are looking for the source of where I got this information, it's in the first link of this post. I hope that helps!! -Bella
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
:( say what....I am cheacking this website out asap. I have never heard fo it!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think just about everything has had a "study" linking it to cancer.
alice86 alice86 8 years
The site is
belladande belladande 8 years
There may be a problem with the source link. I got the Gettyimages site.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
oh boy.. i just checked out skin deep and my moisturizer is highly hazardous. :(
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
Thanks for the heads up, Bella... I'm a little shocked.
righteothen righteothen 8 years
I find it really disturbing that there could be estrogen in my moisturizer, and the company could not be telling me this fact. I like the website Skindeep, as well, but I don't always check things that I know what the ingredients mean. Looks like I'll have to rethink that.
emalove emalove 8 years
Skindeep is an awesome site, Gabiushka.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
This is why I have been sounding like a broken record about the website of skin deep. They have listed the levels of toxicity of a ton of cosmetics so we can shop smarter. And no, they didn't pay me to say this, I just think it is a great website.
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