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Top 3 Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid

From body wash to mascara, women use any number of beauty enhancing products every day.  But how many of us actually bother to read the ingredient lists on those products – or know what effect those long, unpronounceable chemicals might have on our bodies?  It’s frightening to know that many of the chemicals we slather on our skin, our largest organ, are toxic.  At D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition, we recommend an all natural approach (our Genoma Skin Care line is all-natural and free of chemicals!), below find the top three chemicals to avoid in your cosmetics.

Top 3 Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid

Parabens – Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in cosmetic products. Certainly, we don’t want mold growing in our body lotion or bacteria swimming around in our shampoo! But parabens have estrogen-mimicking properties that are closely associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

Propylene glycol – Propylene glycol is an alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans.

Formaldehyde – Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s) preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen and has been linked to nasal nasopharyngeal cancers. Formaldehyde is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. Formaldehyde is often found in nail polish.



Dr. Peter D'Adamo is a naturopathic physician, author, researcher-educator and software developer. He is considered a world expert on glycobiology, principally the ABO blood groups and the secretor (FUT2) polymorphisms. He is the author of the international best-seller, Eat Right 4 Your Type and the Blood Type Diet series of books, and he is currently a Distinguished Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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