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Harmful Chemicals in Personal Health Care Products The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health cautions consumers concerning more than 900 harmful chemicals found in everyday personal health care products These chemicals are said to be dangerous to your health and well being par 1 These chemicals in addition to others are used by consumers everyday Consumers assume that the products containing these chemicals are safe and effective According to the FDA It is against the law to distribute cosmetics that contain poisonous or harmful substances that might injure users under normal conditions Regulating par 3 However the FDA fails to define what normal conditions are or should be Therefore the interpretation of normal conditions is left up to manufacturers of cosmetics and the consumers of cosmetic products Interpreting what normal conditions actually are when using cosmetics may never be fully answered In a cosmetic market that is virtually unregulated and full of uncertainty consumers are led to believe that the uses of health care products are 100 harmless However researchers and physicians believe that cosmetic products contain chemically harmful ingredients that can cause adverse effects and reactions Types of Chemicals Propylene glycol is one of the most used chemicals in many personal health care products The scariest thing about this chemical is the origin of it and where it is most generally found According to an article titled Cancer Causing Chemicals in Personal Care Products Propylene glycol is a substance that is found in industrial antifreeze brakehydraulic fluid paint and airplane de-icer Neways par 27 The reason for concern when using this chemical in cosmetics is because of its capability to suppress the maturing process of the skin and cause destruction to actual skin cells par 27 During the manufacture of personal care products with this ingredient the Environmental Protection Agency orders employees to wear protective gloves clothing and goggles in attempts to provide protection from this harmful chemical Awareness par4 This
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