Lip Cancer

Lip Cancer

Lipstick, Lip gloss and all Lip beauty products.

Many women are not aware that some of their favourite beauty products contain harsh chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients.

Although the lipstick comes quite handy when most ladies need to brighten their faces, experts say they are made with toxic substances, such as mercury and lead. Unfortunately both metals have been linked to various forms of cancer.

It is doubtful if such ladies have ever bothered to check the ingredients that are used to make lipstick. When buying make-up, the priority is usually how well it suits their skin or how much it makes them look beautiful.

Lipstick contains lead and other bleaching agents that affect the blood cells, the nervous tissues and major processes in the body when we lick it regularly.

“The easiest way that a metal enters the body system of a woman is through lipstick. It is unlikely that any one of us will eat the metal deliberately. But what is likely is that we will lick off 80 per cent of our lipstick thereby ingesting some quantity of harmful metals.

“Lipstick contains at least eight toxic chemicals that are harmful to the body. We are concerned with the impact that it creates when swallowed or absorbed in the body. If you have been using it regularly, then you should be more worried.”

Scientific analyses have shown that aluminum and titanium oxide, some major chemicals used in manufacturing lipstick have been known to bleach some components of the red blood cells predisposing users to leukemia (cancer of the blood).

“Lead is the commonly found harmful content in lipstick. It mainly affects the nervous system and harms the hormonal system.

“Other harmful effects include blockage of pores, drying and bleaching of the red blood cells. Certain harmful ingredients are known to cause cancer and heavy metal poisoning is also present in minute quantities in lipstick.”

The dermatologists add that lipstick manufacturers also use mica which contains metals, such as lead, manganese, aluminum and chromium as shiner in lipgloss.

“Many famous brands are adding such toxic metals to enhance their products, while the user remains unaware of the possible hazards when they lick them.

“Lipstick manufacturers are also using harmful petrochemicals to produce lip formulas that stick for as long as eight hours. But we must know that the more a lipstick pigment stays on, the more toxic chemicals it contains. Steer clear of those types that stay glued to the lips for several hours, too.”

Researchers also found out that women who use lipsticks or lip gloss regularly had high levels of aluminum, cadmium, chromium and manganese compared to women who had not used them in eight months.

“Lipstick pigment accumulates in the body over time and causes toxicity. Also, sleeping with lipstick increases the chances of all the harmful effects mentioned and hence, must be strictly avoided.”

Other chemicals in beauty products that may not be so healthy include:

1. Methylparaben: This is a preservative used in many beauty products. The use of this chemical is restricted in the European Union because it has been linked to cancer and endocrine problems. The Cosmetics Database labels it a “high hazard.”

2. Propylparaben: It is a frequently used ingredient in cosmetics. It can irritate skin and eyes or cause reactions in those who are allergic. Some studies have also associated this chemical with endocrine disruption, cancer and other toxic effects. It is rated a “moderate hazard” by the Cosmetics Database.

3. Retinyl palmitate: This is a synthetic form of vitamin A that may be toxic to pregnant women. It is rated a “moderate hazard” by the Cosmetics Database because limited evidence links exposure to a range of health problems, from cancer to reproductive effects.

4. Colorants: such as D&C Red 36 (rated “low hazard”), and D&C Red 22 Aluminum Lake (rated “moderate hazard”) are typically tested on animals. There is growing concern over its use because some researches have linked it to nervous system damage and other health concerns.

5. Tocopheryl Acetate: also known as vitamin E acetate, is used in a variety of beauty products, including lipstick, moisturiser and foundation. The Cosmetics Database rates it as a “moderate hazard” because it may cause itching, burning, scaling, hives and skin blistering, and may be toxic.

It is not just women that are exposed to the harmful effects of these chemicals; men can ingest metals by licking lipstick off their spouses’ lips. Before you kiss your woman, it may be wise to insist that she wipes off that lip gloss!

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