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Study: Makeup Contains Chemicals Harmful, Cancerous to Teens

Did you know the cosmetics and body care products you use on a daily basis could be contaminated with chemicals?

The Environmental Working Group performed laboratory tests and detected 16 chemicals in blood and urine samples from 20 teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 19.

These chemicals are linked to health risks such as cancer and hormone disruption, according to a report released last week by the Environmental Working Group.

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The group recommends that consumers avoid the following ingredients when purchasing beauty products:

— DMDM hydantoin and imidanzolidinyl urea, which are toxic contaminants

— Fragrance and dyes, which can lead to allergies, cancer and problems of the nervous system

— Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone, which can cause allergies and problems of the nervous system

— Parbens or “-parben,” which can lead to hormone disruption

— “PEG” and “-eth,” which are toxic contaminants

— Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate, which can cause skin damage

— Triclosan and triclocarban, which can lead to problems with the thyroid and environmental concerns

— Triehanolamine (TEA), which can cause allergies and contain toxic contaminants

Products to avoid include:

— Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acid

— Hair dyes with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene, and/or all dark permanent hair dyes

— Liquid hand soaps with triclosan

— Nail polish and nail polish remover with formaldehyde

— Skin lighteners with hydroquinone

Click here to read the full study.