How To Avoid Cancer Causing Chemicals In Your Skin Care Products Part 3

Now that the 3 simple rules from part 1 and 2 are second nature to you, here are the final 4 skin care product offenders!

9) Petrolatum

Also know as petroleum jelly or mineral oil jelly.  It has a barrier function and is used to lock moisture into the skin. A great natural alternative to petroleum jelly is shea butter, which also has a strong barrier function. Petrolatum is restricted in skin care products in the Europen Union. Petroleum products are frequently contaminated with PAHs- polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. PAHs are chemicals associated with petroleum products that are known to cause cancer. In fact, during my master’s research , I used a PAH to give my mice cancer so we could then try out different treatment strategies on them L

10) Siloxanes

Are silicone based compounds that are used to smooth, soften and moisturize skin and hair. They are commonly found in both skin and hair care products. The main offenders are: cyclotetrasiloxane, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane and cyclomethicone. The European Union classifies these as hormone disruptors and reproductive toxicants that may impair fertility.  Soften and moisturize your skin naturally with coconut oil

11) Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Commonly referred to as SLS, helps to make products bubble and foam. It is typically found in cleansers, shampoos and shower gels. Like PEGs, it can be contaminated with 1,4-dixoane. SLS is also well known to be irritating to the skin, probably not what you were looking for in your facial cleanser! This is another case of more lather isn’t better. To make a natural cleanser lather better mix it with a bit of warm water and rub vigorously between your hands.

12) Triclosan

Found in antibacterial products, antiperspirants, cleansers and hand sanitizers. Triclosan is a suspected hormone disruptor. Using too much triclosan can also result in the formation of antibiotic resistant bacteria! Try natural antimicrobials in cleansers and sanitizers like grapefruit seed extract, and many essential oils….bonus they smell great too!


Hope you found this series informative, yet not overwhelming. If there is anything you would like to know more about, or a blog topic you would like to see covered feel free to post in the comments below 

Talk Soon,

Dr Alexis


Dr Alexis practices in Kanata and is accepting new patients. To schedule your appointment, click here.  Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most extended insurance benefits. 

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