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How is it possible that your SHAMPOO could contain 10 common ingredients directly linked to Cancer and Dementia?

How is it possible that your SHAMPOO could contain 10 common ingredients directly linked to Cancer and Dementia?

Shampoo Ingredient Facts:

#1: Diethanolamine (DEA) used to help create a greater lather from the shampoo and may not be that harmful by itself, but when mixed with other chemicals, can cause carcinogenic effects. As it starts to mix with the other ingredients, it becomes a chemical called nitrosodiethanolamine(NDEA), which absorbs directly into your skin. Remember that as you shampoo your hair, the shampoo isn’t just being rubbed into your hair and into the skin on your scalp. As you rinse the hair, it’ll run down the rest of your body, putting all areas of your skin at risk.

#2: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a cleaning agent that attracts dirt and oil and may do too good of a job. Since hair requires natural oils produced by your scalp, the use of sulphate containing shampoos means that your hair can be stripped of its moisture and become rather lackluster. If you have naturally curly and frizzy hair or you dye your hair frequently, completely avoid sulphates found in shampoos.

#3: Sodium Laureth Sulphate is chemical found in many personal care products such as shampoos, body washes, and facial cleansers. If Sodium Laureth Sulphate mixes with Dioxane, that’s a red flag. Blending the two together triggers a process called ethoxylation. When that happens, you have a real carcinogen problem on your hands.

  • Dioxane is a compound that the body struggles to properly metabolize and remove from the system as waste material, therefore it resides for lengthy periods of time. This is what then increases your risk for cancer development. While an acute run-in with Dioxane is not likely to pose much of a threat, it’s when this is being used for weeks, months, and years on a regular basis that concern is warranted.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate isn’t just found in shampoo either. You can find it in other personal hygiene products including toothpastes, mouthwashes, body wash, as well as some soaps.
  • Documented in research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology that women may be more prone to experiencing irritation due to this compound when they are in day 1 through 8 of their menstrual cycle.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate has been linked to eye irritation and poor eye development, in children. It’s worth the effort to make sure you use products that are all-natural and organic whenever possible.

#4: Propylene Glycol is one of the most popular toxic ingredients! Believe it or not, this toxin is used to create of all things; anti-freeze, which could obviously kill you if you were to drink it. Sadly, it’s also being used in many health and beauty care products as well. You’ll find it in hand sanitizers, moisturizers, conditioners, shampoos, and even baby products. Electronic cigarettes also contain this ingredient as it gives them that smooth taste. In addition, you’ll find this ingredient in a large number of processed foods - which is yet another reason to avoid processed foods altogether.

#5: Benzalkonium Chloride and Benzethonium Chloride are two chemicals that serve the purpose to act as an antimicrobial and a surfactant in various shampoo products. These chemicals are often referred to as QUATS, which have been around for over 70 years. The biggest issue in today’s day and age is that the mass production of these toxins has climbed to dangerous levels and it is becoming nearly impossible to eliminate them from the environment. On a human scale, they also present some serious issues related to health and disease. It’s also believed that these chemicals could be linked to the development or worsening of asthma, as well as chronic dermatitis when you are exposed for long and often enough.

#6: Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas that is used in resins when manufacturing composite wood, building materials, household glues, paints, lacquers, and finishes.

  • According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, when the body is exposed to formaldehyde, it can lead to irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. If exposure levels are high enough for a prolonged period of time, this could be linked to some types of cancers.
  • To be fair, everyone is exposed to some degree of formaldehyde in day-to-day life as it’s found in the air we breathe every day, but the naturally occurring levels are usually low enough not to warrant a threat to your health.
  • However, when a person is applying it directly to the skin the game changes. It doesn’t break down as quickly and instead, is absorbed directly into the body which can be significantly more harmful than the amounts we breathe in through the air.

#7: Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) is a surfactant, which by definition is a substance that tends to reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved. CAPB may cause allergic contact dermatitis either due to the actual compound itself or because of the impurities present within it. It’s primarily used as an antistatic agent, in hair conditioners as well as many shampoos, in skin conditioners and creams, as a foam booster in cleaning agents, and as a viscosity increasing agent.

#8: Methylchloroisothiazolinoneis another threat to look out for! On the EWG’s Skin Deep database, it’s ranked even higher than CAPB in terms of its risk factor. An ongoing concern is that it may be linked to cancer; therefore, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Other known negative side-effects from this toxin are allergies and immuno-toxicity, irritation to the skin, eyes, and lungs. 

#9: Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) is another major chemical you need to be aware of that should immediately be banned from your home! This is a powerful biocide that is designed to help control or kill harmful microorganisms and also works as a preservative in many shampoos and body care products.

  • Pregnant women should be especially mindful about this particular compound as it may put their developing baby at risk for abnormal brain development.
  • In addition to that, if you are exposed, it may put you at an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease along with other disorders of the nervous system. It causes these harmful effects Lab tests show that being exposed to this toxin for only 10 minutes can elicit a damaging effect.
  • This compound is very dangerous to your overall health, and it’s one that the FDA still allows in shampoos, so please be cautious.
  • Harmful effects are caused by reducing the speed of the networking neurons so your body is essentially not as effective with translating information from the brain to the body tissues.

#10: Fragrance used in shampoos may contain thousands of chemicals, some of which are phthalates and may be linked to conditions such as attention deficit disorder, breast cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, reduced IQ levels, neurodevelopmental issues, behavior issues, autism spectrum disorders, as well as altered reproductive issues in both men and women.

  • Many people also show skin sensitivities or even allergies to fragrances as well, which also presents a problem with ongoing use.
  • Many of the fragrances used in shampoos and other beauty products are endocrine disruptors and can alter the natural hormonal state you’re in, triggering weight gain and other diseases if exposure is continual and constant.

Now that you know, consider these 6 things:

  1. It’s not necessarily the minimal exposure you have to one of these compounds that can potentially cause the damage; it’s the cumulative load over time of being exposed to several of them at once that can really do the damage.
  1. The bad news is that you’ll have to spend a little time analyzing labels to avoid these compounds… it’s not worth the risk to ignore these compounds. 
  1. The good news is that in today’s world you have dozens of all-natural and organic alternatives to use instead. These products typically cost more, but you can’t put a price tag on your health and longevity!
  1. Check your bathroom and see just how many products you’re using with these potential hazardous chemicals inside.
  1. Don’t be fooled by “all-natural” when in reality it’s just a labeling loophole tricking you into using the product without a more through preview.
  1. Decide for yourself if you should avoid these ingredients; commonly found in shampoo’s, hair dyes and other skincare products. 


This blog is provided by Derma Glove because we understand the importance having the right facts and building trust in the products that rely on for your body. Skin health is our number one priority. 

As a result, we have developed a reasonably priced and comprehensive approach for head-to-toe skincare solutions that help you avoid atmospheric and free radical damage by protecting the skin on the surface. Antioxidants are used to prevent damage from the inside—efficient antioxidants neutralize free radicals and strengthen the skin’s internal defense against environmental aggressors such as pollution, UVA, UVB, IRA and daily chemical toxin build-up. Our products allow your skin to self-repair with the help of skin-supporting coverage and protection.

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