Personal care products may be deadly

Many personal care products have chemicals in them that are dangerous to consumer’s health.

A vast majority of the population are unaware that there are unsafe chemicals found in the cosmetics they use. There they are sitting on the shelf in all their packaged glory, but within them lurks something dangerous; chemicals like petroleum, propylene glycol (also known as anti-freeze) and sodium lauryl sulfate.

While the names sound impressive, if consumers did research on these products, they’d find out a lot of things they didn’t know that could ultimately affect their health. It’s interesting to note that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have strict handling procedures for the chemicals found in today’s personal care products.

There are more than just the three mentioned toxic chemicals in today’s personal care products. Look on the label for other very common and risky chemicals such as dioxanes, formaldehyde (a preservative), sodium laureth sulfate, methanol, isopropanol, bensophenone-3, aluminum and mono-ethanolamine. If you find any of these chemicals on the labels of the personal care items in your shopping cart, or any shampoos or lotions you have at home, find another product that is chemical free. These days, that’s a lot easier than it used to be.

Consumers need to know that they can find anti-freeze in their moisturizers, hair colors, conditioners, shampoos, styling gels, mascara, foundation, face cleansers, anti-aging crèmes and, yes, in many food items. If that doesn’t make a buyer think twice about what they have in their hand, nothing will.

Here is something else consumers should also know: when handling anti-freeze in a chemical lab, it is mandatory to wear a lab cost, splash goggles, vapor respirator, gloves and a certified or approved respirator. Any chemical spills involving anti-freeze are to be handled by cleanup crews wearing a full Hazmat suit and boots, plus a self-contained breathing apparatus to avoid product inhalation. And this is something that people put this on their face and in their hair daily.

There are not a lot of rules and regulations in place to protect Americans from these chemicals that are known to affect user’s long-term health. It’s easy to wonder why regulators allow cancer-causing chemicals – in multiple quantities – to be put into products that people use every day. Every day, people use something that may ultimately cause breast cancer or other kinds of cancers.

For anyone that has been using a questionable product that they feel is linked to a diagnosed disease, speak to a knowledgeable Austin injury attorney. While many may think their concerns seem frivolous, consider that exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma. How is that any different than long-term exposure to things like anti-freeze causing cancer?

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