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Do You Worry About Chemicals in Your Makeup?

I just read about the amount of chemicals in cosmetics, and it's pretty interesting stuff:

Cosmetics contain many different kinds of chemicals, but of particular concern are a group of preservatives called parabens, which by some estimates are found in 99% of all 'leave on' cosmetics, and 77% of "rinse off" cosmetics. These are known hormone disruptors: evidence suggests they can mimic the female hormone estrogen, and a lifetime of increased exposure to estrogen is linked to a heightened risk of breast cancer.

The jury's still out on whether chemicals in cosmetics lead to health problems, but this is worth noting: The FDA does not review or approve cosmetics. Still, I looked into the above example, and over the last few years, FDA-associated scientists researched the safety of parabens. The official stance? "FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens."

So where do you stand? Are you concerned about chemicals, or do you feel safe?


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phree2b phree2b 9 years
Make-up should be good for you all the way around. Not something we pay for later in life like drinking and smoking.
yuliegal yuliegal 9 years
Well I'm using Korres natural products and Fresh Line Home made cosmetics so I don't really worry about it..
Ziona Ziona 9 years
What about the new news stories about lead in Red lipstick? It makes me think... What is actually in my cosmetics.
madmoiselle madmoiselle 9 years
yes, i definitely do care about it. my facial skin is too allergic, so I just don't use any kind of make-up, cause it magnify my acne.. :(
keiraz keiraz 9 years
not really, because I always purchase from the same brands and stores.
ragus ragus 9 years
I'm not too worried about it... no ones face is falling off yet. And if there was anything in there im sure we'd react pretty quickly to it. But I do use Jane Iredale mineral make up.
tati33 tati33 9 years
I agree with Amanda-La.. congrats jmast..hope you conceive soon ;)
shopper_girl8 shopper_girl8 9 years
There was also an article in Sunday's SF Chronicle about a book that just came out about cosmetics and other household items that have toxic things in them. It's made me rethink things and now I'm going to research things more.
crazygirl93 crazygirl93 9 years
I never have done before...
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I am a little bit concerned with the chemicals in makeup. Hormones are not something I want to be putting into my body especially since I've had problems with them in the past. It might be worth looking into a paraben free cosmetic line. Can you suggest some good ones Bella?
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Let's just hope the FDA is watching out for us!
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Yes, I do worry. I usually think about it when I use acetone and put on nailpolish. Or when I color my hair. Those things smell so strong and it reminds me that they are made of strong chemicals. I don't worry as much about makeup. However, I love beauty products so much that I would not enjoy life as much without them or if I had to really limit myself to what I bought.. so I guess I'll keep using them.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
human body is unique, if you grow up with the stuff like i did it won't do you harm. i'm very healthy, although i enver ate organic on purpose. i don;t really care about that stuff, but i do care about balanced diet. but i'd be concerned if i lived in US, because children there are more vulnerable and get sick more often, like every other has asthma and stuff... i guess it's because of over-exposure to poisonuous chemicals.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Yes! I have super sensitive skin! Just about everything except for Bare Escentuals and Philosophy either give me blemishes or burns my skin. Even certain brushes are bad for me!
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
Wow this makes sense because, Bella, I've been suffering from persistant (yet subtle) acne (as i am sure many young adults in their late teens can understand) but I had no idea about this chemical. Since hormones are the main contributor to acne this would make sence!!!! I always just figured that my cosmetics were just "clogging my pores" or something along those lines until i went to the dermo and was prescribed TONS of different acne meds to help control my breakouts but, for some reason, nothing has done that great of a job of helping me KEEP it under control so this should come as a PSA to all women who wear foundation and do not yet know about this chemical, because it could be YOUR MAKEUP that is causing an imbalance with your hormones which is causing your acne!!!!
esk4 esk4 9 years
I don’t really worry about this. I’m a chemical engineering student, and I actually want to work in the cosmetics (or pharmaceutical) industries… soooo pretty much anything they sell is not going to harm you… Just don’t eat whole tubes of lipstick, or drink bottles of foundation and you’ll be fine…
rosyrose rosyrose 9 years
I used to spend a lot of money on organic stuff. Back then the only things that were available is from Burt's Bees. They used to be great before they changed their formulas. I don't worry about it so much nowadays. One of my professors showed me a thick book documenting the dangers of sugar, and then I realized that every single substance has its risks if you overdose on them.
dragonbaby dragonbaby 9 years
I don't believe for a moment the FDA has our best interests at heart. It's all about the money for them. Yes I care about what I put on my skin. It is incredibly difficult to avoid parabens or sodium lauryl sulfates or all the petroleum products that are in our personal care prodcuts. It is worthwhile to avoid as much as possible though.
nancita nancita 9 years
I never used to think about it, but lately I have started to worry. I feel like this will be the next big movement after organic food. I think so much about what I put in my body to eat, and now I need to apply that to cosmetics too.
kcboyer kcboyer 9 years
I do because I have fair skin, and quite a bit of chemicals cause a reaction with my skin. I have yet to find a self tanner that doesn't give me a rash.
kerish kerish 9 years
I do worry but sometimes I wonder how is it that decades ago people did not worry about what is in their food & cosmetics but the life expectancy was much higher? Maybe the fact that we worry so much at times makes us susceptible to danger
Angelica Angelica 9 years
I figure I should learn what's in anything I smother all over my face and pores everyday.
XxCoolBritannaxX XxCoolBritannaxX 9 years
Yes, I do our bodies aren't made to take in all these chemicals that surround us everyday in our plastics, our makeup, the pesticides used to grow our food, and the preservatives in our food. I use natural or at least as natural as I can find shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, etc. Just because the FDA says they are safe doesn't mean they actually are. The FDA is not God. There is already too much the government ignores and puts off noticing for me to really trust them on this.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
This is a great site to check out: It tells you what chemicals are in what brands and what articles of makeup.
jmast jmast 9 years
Yes, I do. I don't really wear makeup. I usually just wear some concealer under my eyes and chicken poop lip balm..LOL!!! I also use organic natural shampoo, conditioner, hair serum, shaving cream, lotions, toothpaste, etc. I'm also trying to get pregnant so I don't want any parabens or sodium lauryl sulfates in my system. I also try and eat organic foods and clean my house with non-toxic cleaners. I'm not 100% organic/natural but I try. It doesn't really stress me out to buy these products and they aren't that much more expensive than regular products so it's no sweat off my back.
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