Optimize Testosterone and Health By Eliminating Harmful Personal Care Products
When thinking about optimizing your testosterone, personal care products are often overlooked.
It is shocking when you look into the ingredients of the personal care products that appear healthy and you have trusted for years. A few of the most harmful ingredients can have harmful consequences such as, disrupting your endocrine system, increase estrogen levels, decrease testosterone levels.
Ingredients To Look Out For
BHA and BHT
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) are synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in products like moisturizers
BHA is a potential human carcinogen, meaning it is capable of causing cancer in human tissue
BHA can interfere with hormone function
BHA and BHT can both cause allergic reactions to skin
The State of California requires that products containing BHA have warning labels stating that this ingredient may cause cancer.
Coal Tar Dyes
AKA FD&C Blue, P-Phenylenediamine
Coal tar is created with petroleum and various other chemicals. Found in products made for men to dye hair, beard and mustache.
Coal tar is recognized as a potential human carcinogen
Coal tar may be combined with aluminum compounds exposing you to heavy metals
P-phenylenediamine is found to be a carcinogens
Studies have shown associations between hair dye and development of cancer
DEA , MEA, and TEA
Diethanolamine (DEA), Cocamide DEA, and Lauramide DEA, Monoethanolamide (MEA), Trientaholamine (TEA) are found in many soaps, shampoos, and cleaners. These ingredients are added to make a substance sudsy, creamy, or counteract the acids in other ingredients.
Exposure to DEA for prolonged periods has potential to cause serious damage to health according to the European union
DEA can react with nitrites in some substances to produce carcinogenic nitrosamines
Research has shown high doses of DEA-related ingredients can cause liver cancer and precancerous changes to skin and thyroid
Phthalates, DBP, and DEP
Dibutyl Phythalate (DBP) is used as a plasticizer, commonly found as an ingredient in nail polish to prevent nails from becoming brittle. Diethyl Phthalate is used as a fragrance ingredient.
DBP has the potential to cause genetic mutations, development defects, changes in testes, sperm, prostate, and reduced sperm counts
DBP and DEP are potential endocrine disruptors suspected to intefere with hormones
DBP and DEP can cause harm to unborn children and impair fertility
Phthalates may cause liver and kidney and kidney failure in younger children if chewed or sucked on for extended periods (phthalates are found in some soft vinyl toys and children products)
Formaldehyde- Releasing Preservatives
DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methenamine, Quaternium-15, Sodioum Hydroxymethylglycinate
These substances act as preservatives that slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde. They can be found in many different substance from personal care item, cosmetics, wood products, vinyl and plastic products and cleaners
Formaldehyde is classified as a known carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Most of the dangers of formaldehyde have been focused of inhalation risks.
Cosmetics may produce small amounts of formaldehyde when they off gas
Many building products off gas and can be a concern for indoor air quality
Some formaldehyde releasers may irritate skin, eyes, or cause allergies during small exposures
Paraben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, and Propylparaben
Parabens are primarily used as preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products
Potential endocrine disruptor
Can interfere with hormone functions
Parabens can mimic estrogen
Can interfewre with male reproductive functions
Possible association with parabens to cancer
Studies have shown that methylparaben applied to skin react with UVB (ultraviolet B) leading to skin aging and DNA damage
Fragrance aka Parfum
A very broad category of chemicals used in many personal care products some of the obvious are cologne, perfume, and deodorant. As well as many laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and household cleaners. Even products that claim to be unscented contain chemicals to mask the odors or prevent the brain from detecting scents.
Many products are able to conceal the actual chemicals used because they claim they need to protect their intellectual property. Manufacturers will simply label "fragrance" on the ingredient list, but the "fragrance" may consist of dozens of chemical compounds.
May contain potential known allergen or possible allergy triggers
Potential to increase symptoms of allergies or for children to develop allergies to parfums.
Potential endocrine system disruptors
May contain possible carcinogens, studies have shown an association between individual ingredients
May contain possible neurotoxins, which are harmful to the nervous system
Polyethylene Glycols (PEGS)
PEG's are petroleum based compounds that are primarily used in creams and moisturizers
PEG's can be contaiminated with a substance call 1,4-dioxane which is a possible human carcinogen. Even products that claim "natural" or "organic" that are not certified can contain 1,4 dioxane based on the manufacturing process it uses
PEG's can be very harmful if used on broken skin and can be toxic
Some research shows evidence of genotoxicity, which simply can damage the genetic information in a cell causing mutations and possible cancer
Petrolatum aka mineral oil jelly is a petroleum product used in skin and hair care products.
Can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's) which are associated with causing cancer over extended periods of time
Classified as a carcinogen by the EU
May cause skin irritation and allergies
Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, and Cyclomethicone Aka Dimethicone PDMS D4, D5 and D6
These are silicone based compounds used in products to soften, or moisten them. Used in hair products to help them dry, deodorants that are creams, and many moisturizers.
D4 is a potential endocrine disruptor that interferes with hormonal functions
D4 may also be a reproductive toxin that can impair fertility
D5 research has shown exposure in high doses to cause uterine tumors, reproductive harm, and affect the immune system
D5 may also impact neurotransmitters and nervous system
Sodium Laureth Sulfate or SLES
Sodium Laureth Sulfate is used in personal care products used as a cleansing agent to make suds or bubbles. Primarily found in shampoo, body washes, facial cleaners, and household cleaning products such as dish soap.
Often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane which is a possible human carcinogen
May cause skin and eye irritation
Triclosan is an anti-bacterial agent. Commonly found in antiperspirants, hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial soaps. It can also be found in many household products like mattresses, paints, fabrics, and even kids toys.
Triclosan can potentially be an endocrine disruptor
Triclosan has the ability to easily pass through the skin
Can irritate skin and eyes
U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention tested urine of 2,517 people over 6 years of age they detected Triclosan in 75 percent of those tested