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All Forms of Alcohol on Your Skin Have Negative Health Effects
Alcohol in many chemical variations exists in nearly every skin care product except our products. Even most “Organic” and very expensive lotions and skin care products have substantial amounts of one form or another of alcohol. The reasons other manufacturers use alcohol are varied: a cheap filler ingredient, a preservative, a carrier ingredient to carry the other active ingredients into the skin cells, or to help evaporate the oils used in the product.
Regardless of the reasons for using alcohol, it’s obvious that alcohol is both a drying agent that defeats the purpose of any moisturizer, and a oxidant/poison that kills healthy cells.
Alcohol in cosmetics typically consists of one or more of three types of chemical additives: ethyl, isopropyl and methyl.
Isopropyl, the chemical used to produce isopropyl alcohol, is manmade, like alcohol itself, and does not have a natural source. Isopropyl and methyl are both considered poisonous or toxic, where ethyl is not.
Isopropyl alcohol is a liquid petroleum derivative used in the manufacturing of industrial products such as resins, inks, glycerol, acetone, solvents, industrial cleaners, window cleaner, antifreeze and shellac. Isopropyl alcohol is also found in most hand lotions, hair color rinses, body rubs, after-shave, fragrances and many other cosmetics.
According to A Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, inhalation or ingestion of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting and coma.
External irritations of the skin and eyes may occur from acute exposure to isopropyl alcohol. The mucous membranes, including the nose and throat, are common sites for internal irritation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that these symptoms may begin within three minutes of exposure to an isopropyl alcohol solution that is 400 ppm in strength. Stronger solutions cause more severe degrees of this irritation. OSHA also notes that isolated cases of eczema and skin sensitization have been reported, though these are not common.
Methyl alcohol is used primarily in solvents, like paint remover, as well as in lacquers, nail polish remover and windshield-washing fluid. Methyl alcohol is toxic if ingested, and can be dangerous when inhaled for a prolonged period.
Bottom line: Why would you put anything on your skin that is a drying, oxidizing toxic agent and a known skin and eye irritant? The better question, is why would any manufacturer with a conscience add this to their product?
NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF TALC [COMMONLY KNOWN AS BABY POWDER]
Talc is composed of small particles that, when inhaled, may cause the lungs to become inflamed. If you use talcum powder to dry your child's bottom, your child may easily inhale the talc dust and become sick. According to Dr. Kristie Leong, some babies exposed to talc in this way have died. Dr. Leong advises parents to avoid any products containing talc. Signs that your baby may have inhaled talcum powder include fast and shallow breathing, coughing, a blue tint to the skin, diarrhea or vomiting, convulsions and involuntary movement in the arms and legs, according to MedlinePlus.
According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition, the use of feminine hygiene products containing talc puts women at an increased risk for ovarian cancer. The talc may travel through a woman's reproductive system and lodge in the lining of the ovaries. According to Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, in spite of the potential risks, approximately one in five women use talc to maintain feminine hygiene. The American Cancer Society notes that the risk of ovarian cancer from exposure to talc drops when a woman undergoes a tubal ligation to prevent pregnancy.
According to a study conducted by Dr. Stalo Karageorgi and colleagues of Harvard School of Public Health and published in the April 20, 2010 online issue of "Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention," a link exists between the use of talc and endometrial cancer. Post-menopausal women who used talc and women who used talc on a regular basis had the greatest risk of getting endometrial cancer.
If you work in a job where you regularly inhale talc, you have a greater risk of developing lung problems or cancer.
NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF BABY WIPES