Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and everything you put on your body will be absorbed into it. Absorbency is not the problem. Permeability is. Permeability means your skin not only absorbs what it contacts, but your body allows substances to travel through the skin and into other tissues. These fat-soluble substances, many known as carcinogens, present a huge problem.

Being exposed to harmful substances every day is normal in our society today. These substances include harmful ingredients in personal care products and cleaning products, added hormones in food, plus pesticides and environmental pollution. A survey or 2,300 Americans showed that the average adult is exposed to 126 chemicals every day. Environmental Working Group states there are 100,000 chemicals that have an estrogen effect on the body (xenoestrogens) such as chlorine, auto exhaust, pesticides, herbicides, and petroleum.

Skin is not the only way carcinogens get into your body. Many skin care and cleaning products contain fragrances and solvents that are inhaled. These ingredients are at higher concentrations and can be more than your body can handle. The scent you inhale may cause lung irritation and inflammation throughout your body.

Take time to read the ingredients on labels of products you purchase. The list of harmful ingredients in our personal care products identified by OSHA and the FDA is long. They are used because they are extremely cheap and readily available:

Aluminum is a known skin irritant that plugs the pores to sweat glands. It is found in antiperspirants, antacids, and antiseptics. It has been found in unusually high concentrations in cancerous breast tumors and is linked to Alzheimer’s disease

DEA, TEA, and MEA have been identified by the U.S. Government as carcinogens  

Formaldehyde is used as a preservative, commonly found in nail polish, shampoos, facial cleansers, and eye shadow.

Parabens are a group of controversial preservatives found in many skin care, cosmetic, and other body products, which can be problematic.

Phthalates commonly added to plastics are endocrine disruptors that can damage liver, and kidneys.

Polyethylene glycol or PEG, polyoxymethylene, titanium dioxide, FD&C Blue #1. Mineral oil and petroleum suffocate the skin and lock in toxins and waste.

Propylene glycol can cause systemic effects on the central nervous system, cardiovascular system hypotension, bradycardia, arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, endocrine system hypoglycemia, urinary system, kidneys, and liver, dry skin, dermatitis, rashes.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is an endocrine disrupter. The Journal of the American College of Toxicology found that “carcinogenic nitrates can form in the manufacturing of sodium lauryl sulfate.”

Talc has the same molecular structure as asbestos and is carcinogenic when inhaled.

Sodium fluoride is found in toothpastes. It comes with a warning on the label, “Keep out of the reach of children. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, contact your poison control center immediately.” There is no proof of safety or effectiveness. Several studies have shown that excess fluoride content in drinking water, dietary calcium is not absorbed in the body, causing disabilities and deformities.

GMOs, radiated food, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, sugar and simple carbohydrates all contribute to an unhealthy body, providing a place for disease to grow.

The good news is we can make small changes every day to eliminate them, by reading labels and choosing safer products and foods.

Excerpt from my book: Breast Health Is in Your Hands”