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Dangers of Makeup

Updated on July 31, 2014
Although makeup is used to enhance, makeup can be bad for your body.
Although makeup is used to enhance, makeup can be bad for your body. | Source

Makeup is a part of a lot of women's daily schedules. Some can't live without it!

Now I don't personally like wearing makeup. It's too much of a pain for me. My sister and my mom however, do wear makeup.

One of the biggest reasons why I don't wear makeup is because I've been told that it will help create wrinkles. I do not want to get wrinkles earlier then what was intended for me, so I stay away from the stuff. But, I did know that makeup can be very dangerous to your health.

What I discovered was shocking. I decided to write this hub to spread awareness of the chemicals found in makeup. What's making us beautiful (even though I feel most don't need it) is really harming our bodies.

For instance, hair tint can contain something called quaternium-15. It releases carcinogenic formaldehyde and phenylenediamine. Now, if you're like me, your saying "ENGLISH PLEASE!" Let me explain further. Quaternium-15 is a quaternary ammonium salt used as a preservative in many cosmetics. It acts as a formaldehyde releaser. It can cause contact dermatitis, which is a symptom of allergic reactions. A carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that causes cancer. Phenylenediamine is a chemical that when studied found associations between hair dyes and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma, acute leukemia, and bladder cancer.

Dusting powder can contain talc, a substance like asbestos. When talc is combined with a common air pollution it induced tumors in 80% of animals tested.

Blush can contain FD&C Red#3. It caused human breast cells to grow and mimic the effect of natural estrogen at the molecular level. It damages the genetic material of human breast cells.

Mascara can contain polyvinylpyrrolide. You've gotta be careful with polyvinylpyrrolide as it can cause allergic reactions.

Lipsticks can contain paraffin, a mix of hydrocarbons and derived from petroleum and known to be contaminated with carcinogens, benzo-a-pyrene and benzo-b-fluroanthe.

Now let's talk about perfume. Now I use perfume sometimes but after reading this, I don't think I'll ever use it again. Perfume can contain tolune. Tolune is suspected to be a potent carcinogen. Also, benzaldehyde is in perfume. Benzaldehyde is a central nervous system depressant which may cause kidney damage.

In some nail polish, hair straighteners, hair spray, body lotions, and deodorant chemicals from the phthatale family can be found. Too much of this chemical can result in premature breat development, lowered sperm count, testicular injury, damage to the reproductive organs, and lung, liver, and kidney cancer. It can also cause birth defects.

Now, not all makeup contains this stuff. Recently, makeup companies are getting better about having this stuff in their products. If you want to be sure if your makeup is safe, check out The Skin Deep Safe Cosmetics Database. Also, you can follow the following tips to keep yourself safe.

  • Check the ingredients on the labels.
  • Talk to a makeup specialist if you're buying from a makeup counter such as Lancome.
  • Be informed. Don't be afraid to ask questions about this stuff. It's your body and you have the right to protect it!

Also, follow these steps to make sure you stay safe when applying makeup.

  • Do not apply makeup when driving. You could get hurt and poke your eye out.
  • Do not test makeup at the testing counters. They are swarming with bacteria, even if they use disposable applicators.
  • Which brings me to my next point, always use disposable applicators.
  • Lastly, never share makeup.

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    • LagunaAlkaline profile image

      Amanda 4 years ago from Camas, WA

      I will definitely research organic makeup :)

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      Exmoor 6 years ago

      Yay! I'll be linking this to some of my friends' facebook pages for sure. I KNEW I WAS RIGHT! Thank you. Oh, and to those who said that every woman should wear some make-up after a certain age: wrinkles can be beautiful. Grow old gracefully!

      Thanks for giving me some ammo in the next fight about make-up I have with my friends regularly. I'll spread the word. Maybe you could look into how different organic make-up is too, because my friends are always defending themselves with 'but I use organic make-up'. Is it really any better?

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Thanks, I've heard about this before but not in so much detail. This is very informative and helpful. I have loved make-up since I was a kid so I don't think I will ever give it up. I know brands like Origin and Aveda are supposed to be organic, so no scary chemicals. Maybe I'll start using those brands instead.

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      Amanda 6 years ago from Camas, WA

      @PK2010 They have natural chemical free hair dye that you can get. I'm not too informed about hair dye but I think you can find some in stores!

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for sharing this piece of information. I had plans to high light my hair for the summer. After reading your feature, I'm not too sure I want to risk my health for a new look. Keep it up :-)

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      Amanda 6 years ago from Camas, WA

      Thanks for sharing your opinion :) I will probably wear some makeup in the future but I will be sure to have the makeup free of these chemicals.

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      marellen 6 years ago

      useful info but I think unless you have faultless skin after a certain age every women should wear some makeup. It doesn't have to be much though. I read that you are just 21...make sense now...

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      Amanda 6 years ago from Camas, WA

      Well thank you :)

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      That is useful and deserves to hop up :)