Could Your Anti-Aging Products Be Linked to Breast Cancer?

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Would you put Teflon on your face? Did you know some anti-aging creams and face powders use the same chemical that creates a nonstick surface on cookware to create a smooth finish to makeups and lotions? That’s a recipe for concern, because of a potential contaminant of PTFE called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA is a toxic chemical linked to cancer, endocrine disruption and reproductive harm. PTFE is the same chemical known by the trade name Teflon. Teflon was recently in the news after Dupont was found liable for negligence in the case o f a woman who developed kidney cancer after drinking water contaminated with a chemical formerly used to make Teflon.

The following three anti-aging products were found to contain PFOA:

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  • Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-age Skin Corrector
  • Garnier  Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer
  • Cover Girl  Advanced Radiance with Olay, Age Defying Pressed Powder

The good news? There are steps you can take to avoid this dangerous chemical in your own life and to ensure that companies are prohibited from using them in the first place:

Avoid PFOA by shopping with prowess.

To steer clear of the potential contaminant PFOA, you can avoid products with these ingredients on their labels: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Polyperfluoromethylisopropyl Ether, DEA-C8-18 Perfluoroalkylethyl Phosphate.

Help pass smarter, health-protective laws.

We can’t just shop our way out of this problem. In order for safer products to be widely available and affordable for everyone, we must pass laws that shift the entire industry to non-toxic ingredients and safer production. Ask Congress to give the FDA the authority and resources it needs to ensure the safety of cosmetics and require full disclosure of ingredients so consumers can make informed choices. Take action at: www.safecosmetics.org/Action-safe-cosmetics.

 

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Demand that cosmetics companies fully disclose ingredients, and support the ones that do!

Tell cosmetics companies that you want them to fully disclose the ingredients in the products they make—including contaminants such as PFOA and the chemicals that are hiding under the term “fragrance.” Find out how at www.safecosmetics.org/take-action/campaigns.

 Written by and posted with permission from The Breast Cancer Fund. 

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Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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John B.
John B2 years ago

Thanks Editors for sharing the info and the excellent links.

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Tanya W.
Tanya W2 years ago

There is always more and more that is no good for you

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Tanya W.
Tanya W2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper2 years ago

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Nimue Pendragon

The anti-ageing products I use are avocados, coconut oil and lemon juice. I eat them :)


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Nimue Pendragon

The anti-ageing products I use are avocados, coconut oil and lemon juice. I eat them :)

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Rhonda B.
.2 years ago

TY

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