Cosmetics for Men

If you are a man, you need to check the products you are using too: Shaving cream, shower gel, shampoo, deodorant…..

This is  from an article on The Campaign for safe cosmetics.

The average American man uses six personal care products a day containing more than 80 unique chemicals. Many of these chemicals are absorbed into the skin, inhaled or ingested, and the vast majority of cosmetic chemicals have not been assessed for safety.

Some of the chemicals used in men’s body-care products – from aftershaves and shaving creams to deodorants and shampoos – are linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other chronic health problems. A common chemical found in most fragranced products may be particularly harmful to male reproductive health.
Problematic chemicals in men’s personal care products include:

Diethyl phthalate (DEP): found in fragrance-containing products such as cologne, aftershave, shaving cream, shampoos and deodorants

  • Recent human studies link DEP to sperm damage in adult men, abnormal reproductive development in infants, and Attention Deficit Disorder in children (i).
  • A study by Harvard University researchers suggests that a single use of cologne can markedly increase the level of DEP in a person’s body (ii).
  • Recent product tests found DEP in popular men’s colognes Quicksilver, Calvin Klein Eternity for Men, Old Spice After Hours Body Spray and Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce (iii).

Lead acetate: found in men’s hair and beard colorants

  • Banned from cosmetics in European Union because it is a known human reproductive toxicant
  • Brands include Men’s Grecian Hair Formula and Youthair Hair Color for Men.

Coal tar: found in dandruff shampoos such as Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo

  • Known human carcinogen that is banned from cosmetics in European Union.

Triclosan: found in antibacterial soaps and deodorants such as Old Spice Wide Stick Deodorant, Speed Stick deodorants, Dial anti-bacterial soaps and Edge Advanced Shaving Gel, Ultra Sensitive

  • Linked to hormone disruption, and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (iv).
  • The Canadian Medical Association asked the Canadian government to ban triclosan in household products due to concerns about bacterial resistance and carcinogenic byproducts (v).
  • There is no evidence that triclosan soaps are any more effective than regular soap and water (vi).

Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane: found in many leading shampoos and body washes

  • Known animal carcinogens and probable human carcinogens, according to US EPA (vii).
  • Formaldehyde is a leading allergen that can trigger skin rashes and other allergic reactions.
  • 1,4-dioxane is a leading groundwater contaminant and suspected as a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant, according to California EPA.

I will look and find safe products that you can use.

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