This October, join us in demanding the American Cancer Society and the Personal Care Products Council stop exposing cancer patients to toxic cosmetics through their Look Good, Feel Better® program. But exactly what harmful chemicals did we find in these cosmetics given to cancer patients?
Here’s a snapshot:
- Parabens: These chemicals are used as preservatives in numerous personal care products and may increase a woman’s breast cancer risk by disrupting her hormones. Methylparaben may also interfere with the effectiveness of a common breast cancer treatment, Tamoxifen.
- Formaldehyde releasers: These chemicals are used in many products as preservatives. They slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen.
- PTFE: Commonly known as Teflon (yes, that Teflon), this ingredient is used in a variety of products to supposedly create a smooth application. PTFE can be contaminated with the possible carcinogen PFOA.
- Fragrance: The catch-all term “fragrance” is in everything from sunscreen to lipstick and often hides cancer-linked chemicals as well as sensitizers—ingredients that can trigger uncomfortable side effects, like headaches and rashes, for women in cancer treatment.
That’s just a sample of the chemicals of concern we uncovered (Learn more here). And because no Look Good, Feel Better kit is the same—and personal care products are notoriously unregulated for safety—there’s no telling what’s in the kits you or someone you care about may receive.