Carcinogens are known to cause cancer and disease in humans. Surely then, carcinogenic agents wouldn’t be used as common ingredients in personal care products, right? But they are, commonly! At least 11 of the over 100 Group 1 carcinogens listed by the Intentional Agency of Research on Cancer [IACRS-WHO] are commonly used as ingredients in hygiene products.
Sadly, many people buy face creams and cleaners, zit zappers, makeups, shaving creams, and many other daily-used toiletries, not knowing that they contain cancer-causing agents. People trust marketing-based claims that promise beauty and health while never mentioning that their ingredients include carcinogenic agents like chromium, formaldehyde, phenacetin, coal tar, benzene, mineral oils, methylene glycol, ethylene oxide, cadmium and its compounds, arsenic, and crystalline silica / quartz. These agents can cause cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, carcinogenic bioaccumulation, and ecotoxicity.
Check your products. Read the labels. If they aren’t up to the health standards, throw them away. I have thrown hundreds of dollars of bad products away. After I learned their ingredients are hazardous or harmful, even carcinogenic, the cost was nominal.
NOTE: IARC-WHO* consolidates scientific evidence and classifies the chemicals it reviews into five levels: