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

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

Siloxanes

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

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