Dirty Dozen: 12 Ingredients You’ll Never Find in Clean Beauty Products

Jars and bottles of clean beauty products.

There’s no doubt that clean beauty is the trendy way to look after your skin. But behind the trend is the scary reality that most personal care products contain chemicals that are so toxic, they could cause cancers, organ damage and disrupt your body’s natural hormonal balance with terrifying consequences.

In particular, there are twelve chemical ingredients dubbed by clean beauty enthusiasts as the “Dirty Dozen” that are shockingly prevalent in mainstream personal care products.  Despite their apparent dangers, a recent Canadian study found that 80% of the products tested contained these toxic chemicals.

What are the Dirty Dozen and where are they found?

While many beauty products consist of ingredients that are hard enough to pronounce – let alone memorise – you’ll certainly benefit from saving this list of the Dirty Dozen to refer to before your next beauty haul.

1) BHA and BHT

These antioxidants are used as preservatives in beauty products such as makeup, creams and, beyond that, even food. This is despite being a probable carcinogen, hormone disrupter and cause of liver and kidney damage.

2) Coal tar dyes

These appear as p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five-digit number. These chemical pigments give cosmetic products their colour, despite the fact that they are a known carcinogen and may even cause brain damage.

3) DEA

DEA as well as MEA and TEA are found in a great variety of beauty products and have been linked to cancer.

4) Phthalates

Phthalates are another type of dirty chemical gaining attention in mainstream media. Found in fragrances, hair products, nail polish, and more, they may cause birth defects and disrupt the endocrine system.

5) Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

These include quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, bromopol and glyoxal (Source). Formaldehyde is a known cancer-causing chemical and is also linked to adverse skin reactions

6) Parabens

Probably the best known of the Dirty Dozen, parabens are linked to cancer and skin damage. Look out for butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben on the label – these are all parabens.

7) Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)

Parfums can consist of up to 3000 chemical ingredients or more! Since brands aren’t obliged to disclose what goes into their fragrances, they can add any number of harmful chemicals to them including parabens, hormone disrupters and allergens. Some chemicals may even lead to cancer or neurotoxicity!

8) PEG compounds

PEGs often contain measurable amounts of carcinogens. They’re found in creams, hair products and deodorants as well as creamy cosmetics like foundation.

9) Petrolatum

Found in hair care products, cosmetic and skincare products, products containing petrolatum may be contaminated with substances such as PAHs that are associated with cancer. 

10) Siloxanes

These used to make beauty products smoother, softer and creamier. However, these toxic chemicals are known endocrine disrupters and may cause fertility issues.

11) Sodium Laureth Sulfate

This foaming agent often found in hygiene products can cause skin irritation. It’s also been linked to cancer when reacting with certain other chemicals.

12) Triclosan

Triclosan is a hormone disrupter. There is also significant evidence that is may cause liver damage. Triclosan is found in antibacterial products like soaps and deodorant.

Choose Clean Skincare Products

Avoiding the Dirty Dozen may be the best thing you ever do for your health, but that doesn’t have to come at the cost of beautiful skin! Choosing certified clean beauty products that contain no harmful chemicals is your best option. Make sure they are clinically proven to ensure effectiveness as well as safety.

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