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Chapstick Exposed

Blog post posted by Natural Skincare Authority on January 16, 2010 at 5:57pm

Hi Everyone,

Today we are looking at the ingredients in Chapstick to help gain an understanding about our fellow skincarer, Ilse's severe skin reaction from using this product (as detailed in yesterday's post).

Chapstick, the brand name, what does that conjure up for you? For me, before studying chemicals in skincare, it would conjure up the concept an age old remedy, wisely passed on to each generation as a quick fix for chapped lips, or for soft, smooth-looking lips.

And that is precisely what companies like Chapstick, Pears, Palmolive, want us to think-that they are that reliable old friend that can provide a multitude of skin and hair care related remedies. However, so many of these products are just filled with ingredients that are not only unusable by our bodies but simply hazardous, as Ilse found out!

The ingredients as listed on the Chapstick Classic Lip Balm are:

Ingredients: PETROLATUM (44 %), Padimate O, Lanolin (1 %), Isopropyl Myristate (1 %), Cetyl Alcohol (0.5 %) Inactive Arachadyl Propionate, Camphor, Carnuba Wax, D&C Red #6 Barium Lake, Flavors, Isopropyl Lanolate, Methylparaben, MINERAL OIL, 2-octyldodecanol, Polyphenylmethylsiloxane 556, Propylparaben, Saccharin, Wax Paraffin, White Wax

Lets look at these in more details.

Petrolatum - known to be possibly carcinogenic and expected to be toxic to the organ system; also a skin disruptor possibly damaging skin at deeper layer.

Padimate O - serious warnings exist for this chemical with links to cancer, organ and reproductive system toxicity; skin disruption; allergies; penetration enhancer.

Lanolin - immune system toxicity, this can damage the immune system's ability to fight bugs.

Methylparaben - this is another serious problem chemical with links to cancer; organ system toxicity; immunotixicty and irritation to skin, eyes and lungs.

Propylparaben - a preservative and fragrance, similarly to above, has serious cancer related risks associated with its ingestion by humans.

Mineral Oil - also for fragrance is considered possible carcinogenic and toxic to the reproductive system.

These are just some of the ingredients, and as you can see, simply a chemical cocktail!

Are these the sorts of ingredients you want to apply to your lips? As most of it will inevitably be swallowed! Therefore these chemicals have 2 ways into your body and bloodstream - through the skin and the digestive system.

Looking at the details, it is easy to see why Ilse's skin reacted so severely - this is a completley unnatural group of chemicals to apply to our bodies and the immune response is to fight it off. In the meantime though, the damage to the skin is instant, as Ilse found. Thankfully, with stopping use, our bodies also have an incredible ability to repair when the product is ceased.

Has anyone else has similar experiences? Severe reaction? Or has anyone found out something about their own skincare that they didn't know before?

We will look more closely at how so many of our skin, hair and body care products are filled up with, well, fillers really! Cheap chemicals that we don't need, and are actually harmful!

Please leave a post with your thoughts at the NSA Forum at http://natural-skin-care.ning.com/profiles/blogs/chapstick-exposed

Yours in Natural Skincare,
Kelly Makin.

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