cosmetic ingredients that are not for your skin

cosmetic ingredients that are not for your skin

Cosmetic ingredients come in various forms and we learn new things about them every day. In November 2012, The National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau of Malaysia updated a list of 1372 known cosmetic ingredients which must not be contained in cosmetic products. Yes, 1372 cosmetic ingredients! While there are whispers that list will be updated to include more cosmetic ingredients, let’s consider 2 of these substances and why they must not be part of approved cosmetic ingredients.

harmful cosmetic ingredients can cause skin rashes and much more damage
Harmful cosmetic ingredients can cause skin rashes and much more damage
  1. Anthracene oil also known as Green oil or Tetra Olive N2G.

    Although it has many uses, Anthracene oil as a cosmetic ingredient can generally be used as a binding agent or anti-scaling agent. A European Union Risk Assessment Report by University of Patras published in 2008 and Material Safety Data Sheet from Industrial Química del Nalón, Spain suggests that Anthracene oil:

    • Causes skin irritation.
    • May cause an allergic skin reaction.
    • May cause genetic defects
    • May cause cancer
    • Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child
    • Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects.
  2. Aminophylline

    An approved prescription drug used in the treatment of asthma, is on the list of cosmetic ingredients used in many of thigh cream products and topically applied slimming products that marketers claim will dissolve the fat and smooth the skin. Since some individuals suffer from allergic reactions to ethylenediamine, a component of aminophylline, the FDA is concerned about the use of this ingredient in cosmetics.

    Some known side effects of administration of Aminophylline:

    • Skin rash
    • Itching or hives
    • Swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
    • Fast or irregular breathing or heartbeat
    • Feeling faint or lightheaded
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Anxiety, irritable and restless
    • Diarrhea
    • Headache
    • Increased need to pass urine
    • Tremors
    • Trouble sleeping

    Note that any cream containing Aminophylline should be kept away from heat and used quickly.

See the comprehensive list here.

Does any of your cosmetic or personal care product contain any of the cosmetic ingredients listed?