Chemistry in care products can trigger secondary diseases
Most people use certain care products every day. So they should not be harmful to our body. However, the reality is somewhat different here. Many personal care products, such as makeup, perfume, hair care products, soaps and sunscreens, are contaminated with a variety of unhealthy chemicals.
Are you one of those people who often use care products? If so, you should pay close attention to the ingredients of these products in the future. Scientists from the University of California have now found in a study that many soaps, sunscreens, and make-ups contain harmful chemicals. The researchers published the results of their study in the journal "Environmental Health Perspectives".
Harmful chemicals trigger neuropsychological problems
Personal care products such as makeup, perfume, soaps, and sunscreens are contaminated with a variety of unhealthy chemicals. These harmful chemicals include phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone. Such chemicals disrupt the endocrine system of our body, cause hormonal imbalances and can cause secondary diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cancer through neuropsychological problems, the experts say. It has long been known that many of our care products contain these chemicals. However, the amount contained and the extent of the effects have long been questionable, explain doctors. The new study found that typical personal care products burden our bodies with a lot of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Even short breaks in the use of these products lead to a significant decrease in the exposure to the harmful chemicals, the scientists explain. For the implementation of the study, the researchers from the University of California partnered with the local clinic "Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas".
Teenage girls are particularly at risk
The researchers asked 100 female teenagers not to use their personal care products for three days. Instead, the subjects should use products that were free of toxic chemicals. The scientists chose young women for the study because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products and therefore they are often exposed to these harmful chemicals to a disproportionate extent, says lead author Dr. Kim Harley from the University of California. Teenage girls may be particularly at risk because of rapid reproductive development at their age. They also use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.
After three days without care products, the chemical values already decreased
The researchers took urine samples from the women before and after the three-day study. The doctors found that curbing the use of typical personal care products led to a significant decrease in the levels of endocrine disrupting substances. The metabolites of diethyl phthalate (found in perfumes) decreased by 27 percent, methyl and propyl parabens (found in cosmetics) decreased by up to 45 percent. In addition, triclosan (found in antibacterial soaps and toothpaste) and benzophenone-3 (found in sunscreens) were reduced by 36 percent, the doctors explain. Unexpectedly, at the end of the study, participants showed a slight increase in the concentration of two less common parabens. The researchers suspected that these chemicals either did not appear on the labels of chemical-free products or that they came into the product from accidental contamination. Further research is needed to clarify what caused the chemicals to get into the products, the researchers say.
If possible, use care products without harmful chemicals
A significant drop in chemical values was evident after only three days. It is therefore clear that simple measures can be taken, such as using products with fewer chemicals, to make a significant difference. Organic products or products without harmful chemicals are usually more expensive and more difficult to buy for teenagers with little money. The higher costs should not deter young women, however, because care products without chemicals enable them to have a healthier future. Unfortunately, chemical-free products are not available everywhere. If you cannot or do not want to purchase such products, you should at least make sure that you use care products that contain as little of the harmful chemicals as possible. (as)