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What carcinogenic or toxic ingredients are present in cosmetics?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

The following are some of the possible carcinogenic or toxic ingredients present in cosmetics:

  • Acrylates (acrylic-based thickeners)
  • Parabens (butylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben)
  • PEGS (polyethylene glycol - a petrochemical that can act as an
           emulsifier, a surfactant, or an emollient)
  • Phthalates (synthetic polymers found in hair spray, fragrances, and
           nail polish)
  • Formaldehyde (found in nail polish)
  • Diazolidinyl and imidazolidinyl urea (a formaldehyde preservative)
  • Ethanolamines (diethanolamine, or DEA)
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