A new study from a nonprofit group finds that some baby shampoos, bubble bath and lotions contain cancer-causing chemicals.
The report, from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, is called "No More Toxic Tub" and found that many products claiming to be "gentle" and "pure" enough for babies contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.
Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens. Formaldehyde can also trigger skin rashes in some children, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The U.S. government does not limit formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane in personal care products, the group said.
The group tested between 28 and 48 products in different categories, including lotions and shampoos, and found that:
— 17 out of 28 products tested – 61 percent – contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.
— 23 out of 28 products – 82 percent – contained formaldehyde at levels ranging from 54 to 610 parts per million (ppm).
— 32 out of 48 products – 67 percent – contained 1,4-dioxane at levels ranging from 0.27 to 35 ppm.