Endocrine disruptors in skincare and cosmetics

Written on 12/16/2020
Am Sk


Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that are used in many skincare, cosmetic and personal care products.

Common endocrine disruptors include: benzophenone, BHA, BHT, oxybenzone, homosalate, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, resorcinol, octocrylene, and others.

However, these ingredients may act on the endocrine system and impact the hormonal balance in the human body. They can therefore have deleterious effects on organ development as well as on the reproductive, neurological and immune system.

The endocrine activity of many of them have been demonstrated at concentrations higher than those in cosmetic products. However, many uncertainties remain regarding the long-term effect of repetitive use of low doses of endocrine disruptors. Their synergistic effects with other endocrine disruptors present in the air or in food are also unclear.

Pregnant women and children are the most vulnerable populations in terms of deleterious developmental effects, which can appear years after the time of exposure. 

Flamingo by Skintifique, the free platform designed to help anyone find personal care products that meet one's safety and ethics criteria is able to identify  over 40 endocrine disruptors and their name variations.

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