The Dirty 30
Acetone: active ingredient in nail polish remover
Artificial colors (synthetic): labeled FD&C or D&C with a color and then number
Benzalkonium chloride: a preservative
Benzene: used in aftershave and is an additive in skin care products
Benzoyl peroxide: used to treat acne
Coal tar: primarily in products used to treat psoriasis and dandruff
Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA): used as emulsifiers and foaming agents
Ethylenediamine: used in moisturizers, sunscreens, and deodorant
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): a common preservative
Formaldehyde: created when other synthetic ingredients are used including quanternium-15, DMDM, and ureas
Fragrances (synthetic): made up of thousands of different chemicals to create one compound
Isopropyl alcohol: most dangerous in skin care cleansers
Lanolin: only the pure form should be used
Mineral oil: derived from petroleum
Monoethanolamine (MEA): adjusts skin pH
Nitrosamines: toxic impurities formed when chemicals such as DEA and TEA are used in cosmetics and skin care products
Octyl dimethyl PABA (also known as padimate-0 or p-aminobenzoic acid): often used in sunscreens
Parabens (methyl-, propyl, butyl-, and ethyl-): most common preservatives used in skin care
Petrolatum (petroleum jelly): suffocates the skin
Phenylenediamine (PPD): used in hair dyes
Phthalates: simply labeled as “fragrances” or used in nail polish, hair spray, and perfumes
Polyethylene glycol (PEG): a chemical used to make things thicker or stickier
Propylene glycol (PG): commonly found in moisturizers
Quaternium 15: a preservative that also creates toxic by-products such as formaldehyde
Sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate: often disguised in “natural” products as a coconut derivative, extracted using harmful petroleum solvents
Sodium cyanide: toxin used create EDTA
Stearalkonium chloride: often used in hair conditioners and creams
Talc/talcum powder: proven to cause respiratory problems
Triclosan: often used in antibacterial cleansers and toothpaste
Ureas (imidazolidinyl, diazolidinyl, and/or DMDM): most commonly used preservatives after parabens
We share our planet with well over 75,000 different chemicals and at least 5,000 of these identified harmful chemicals are used in the cosmetic industry alone. Why is this so important? Our skin absorbs up to 60% of what it comes in contact with, allowing harmful chemicals to more freely move past the outside layer of the skin. These chemicals can then circulate throughout our bodies damaging our skin and putting us at risk for developing serious health concerns. The Dirty 30 list is just the tip of the iceberg; these are the most toxic of the chemicals presently being used in the skin care and cosmetics industry.
NATURAL AND EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVES
It is cheaper to buy a synthetic, toxic ingredient than it is to buy a natural, effective substance such as a plant or nutrient. Despite the extra effort and additional costs, MyChelle Dermaceuticals is dedicated to finding nontoxic alternatives to the toxic chemicals other companies use. If overall good health, skin rejuvenation and corrective balance are your goals then let our
Dirty 30 list of skin care and cosmetic product ingredients be your guide.
- Artificial (Synthetic) Colors: Labeled FD&C (Food, Drug or Cosmetics) or D&C (Drugs or Cosmetics), this designation is followed by a color and then a number (FD&C Red No. 6, D&C Green No. 6, or FD&C Blue No. 1). Artificial colors are made from coal tar, a derivative of coal. Some research indicates that coal tar colors cause cancer. Artificial colors can also contain heavy-metal impurities, such as arsenic and lead, which are known cancer-causing agents.
- Isopropyl Alcohol: Derived from petroleum, this is used in antifreeze, shellac, and body care products. Side effects include headache, dizziness, depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma. Isopropyl alcohol also strips your skin’s protective natural proteins and oils causing lasting, harmful effects on your skin and throughout your entire body.
- Parabens (Methyl-, Propyl-, Butyl-, and Ethyl-): These are universally used preservatives that can add shelf life to a product. Many scientific studies have confirmed that parabens have the potential to cause cancer because of their estrogenic activity. Foreign estrogens can accumulate in the body and have been linked to cancers of the breast, ovaries, uterus, and prostate. Because the liver has to work overtime to process these foreign estrogens, parabens may contribute to other illnesses as well.
- Phthalates: These chemical compounds are predominantly used as plasticizers (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility). Phthalates are also used in nail polish, hair spray, and perfumes. Phthalates have been shown to build up in fatty tissue and negatively influence endocrine function.
- Sodium Lauryl (Laureth) Sulfate: This widely used detergent foaming agent is used in industrial engine degreasers, garage-floor cleaners, water softeners, and auto-cleaning products. Many skin and hair care products also contain this ingredient.
It is often disguised in so-called “natural” products by putting the term “coconut derivative” in parenthesis. Derivatives are extracted using harmful petroleum solvents. According to the Journal of The American College of Toxicology, sodium lauryl sulfate corrodes and damages the hair follicles and can actually cause your hair to fall out! The American Academy of Dermatology reports that sodium lauryl sulfate molecules can stay on your skin long after you think you’ve washed them off. As they linger, these toxic compounds literally strip fatty acids, moisture, and amino acids from your hair and skin.
- Ureas (Imidazolidinyl, Diazolidinyl, DMDM): Ureas are the second most commonly used category of cosmetic preservatives. Ureas release formaldehyde. According to the Mayo Clinic, formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin inflammation, and trigger heart palpitations. Exposure to formaldehyde-releasing products may also cause allergies, congestion, nausea, headaches, dizziness, ear infections, chronic fatigue, depression, asthma, chest pains, and insomnia. But more seriously, formaldehyde is toxic to the immune system. It has also been shown to mutate human cellular DNA and contribute to cancer.
||MyChelle Effective and Nontoxic Ingredients
||Essential Oils, Herbal, Floral, and Natural Food Aroma
||D-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Plantservative from
Honeysuckle, Vitamin C (and high levels of other antioxidants), L Ascorbic
Tea Tree Oil, Sulphur, Zinc, Lemongrass
|DEA and other toxic emulsifiers
||Plant Waxes, Xanthan Gum, Cetearyl Oliva
||Lecithin, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Organic Vegetable
||Sugar Compounds and Natural Coconut Oil Compounds
||Enzymes, Amino Acids, Oregano, Fruit Extracts
The sad fact is that these ingredients are cheap, readily available, and widely used (even in so-called “natural” products). But the truth is their natural alternatives are not only safer, they are often more effective. For example, several clinical studies have clearly confirmed that natural Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) is more effective than synthetic Vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol). That’s because the body only recognizes the natural form; it views the synthetic form as foreign. The same is true for the dirty ingredients featured in our list. These are foreign substances to the body and cannot be easily metabolized. The body then accumulates these toxic substances and health problems can occur. Though used as treatments, these toxic ingredients may be the exact cause of your skin irritation, inflammation, or dryness. However, the fact that they can contribute to cancer and other serious illnesses should be more than enough reason to avoid them.
At MyChelle Dermaceuticals, we are proud to be one of only a few skin care companies that are completely pure and safe. We have never used the chemical preservatives, petroleum, or toxic derivatives found in nearly all other body care products. We have found safe, results-driven alternatives to the most dangerous Dirty 30 ingredients.
MyChelle Dermaceuticals is unique in that we use cutting-edge, bioactive, dermaceutical-grade ingredients in the correct molecular structure for optimum absorption and effectiveness. Research and technological advances move rapidly in the dermaceutical field. As a result, we may change a formula to make it even more effective based on the current research. MyChelle Dermaceuticals was created to provide active, chirally correct, and effective skin care that is safe to both the consumer and the environment. Since our inception, our commitment has been to NEVER use any of the dirty ingredients featured in this article. We are setting higher standards and leading the way in providing nontoxic, safe, and highly effective natural skin care. This is our promise to you, our valued customer, and to the earth we share.
Visit us on the web at www.mychelle.com to learn more about our environmental efforts, to find your skin type and to discover our products. Or call one of our licensed estheticians for a skin care consultation, 800.447.2076.