4 hidden killers you’ve been putting on your skin

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s often overlooked when it comes your health. Yet, what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body.

Think for a second how many different types of products you put on your skin throughout the day. Most likely you cleanse your skin with soap or shower gel; wash your face with face wash; suds your scalp with shampoo and conditioner; use shaving cream and aftershave; and apply lotion, deodorant, perfume/cologne and sunscreen.

If you’re a woman, you can add makeup and other beauty potions into the mix.

So let me ask you, do you even consider what exactly is inside each of these products?

If not, I don’t blame you — most people don’t. The truth is that whatever you put on our skin does end up in the body through the bloodstream. And some of these synthetic chemicals and additives can create very serious consequences.

We should take what we put on our skin just as seriously as the food we eat when it comes to our health.

You should know the FDA does not investigate or test for the safety of personal-care products before consumers buy them. Instead, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an industry-appointed and -funded panel, reviews the safety of cosmetic ingredients.

According to Environmental Working Group (EWG), there are approximately 10,500 ingredients used in cosmetics in our country. In its 30-year history, the CIR has screened only 11% of those ingredients.

This means nearly 90% of cosmetic ingredients are un-reviewed and un-tested for safety.

The cosmetic industry argues that it’s OK to add these toxic ingredients. The logic is that, because only small amounts are used in each product, they aren’t harmful.

But the average person uses 10 or more products that make contact with their skin every single day. Over time, these toxic chemicals add up and can lead to very serious health problems.

I want to share with you today four of the most common harmful chemicals you should think about avoiding in your daily skincare use.

1. Aluminum

Deodorants and antiperspirants are the most likely products to appear in our medicine cabinets. The armpit is a major location for the lymphatic system, and is one of the most-absorbent spots on the body. Unfortunately, most big-brand deodorants use aluminum to tighten the underarm skin in order to block the body’s ability to sweat.

There’s much debate about the level of concern that should be given to aluminum content in deodorant, but it certainly has no benefits to the body. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, kidney problems and bone disorders. Worse, it has been directly recognized as a neurotoxin that increases the risk of neurodegenerative diseases Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Aluminum-free deodorants that use essential oils are simply a no-brainer to use instead, as most deodorants contain a slew of other harmful chemicals.

2. Diethanolamine (DEA)

DEA is a chemical used to help thicken shampoo, body wash and facial cleansers. It is also easily absorbed into the skin and body.

DEA is a hormone-disrupting chemical that may form cancer-causing agents. It has been linked to miscarriages and inhibiting fetal brain development.

Research indicates a strong link between DEA and liver and kidney cancers. There is also evidence that carcinogens form when Cocamide DEA is applied to the skin and in reaction with other ingredients.

What to look for on the label: Triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearamide MEA, TEA-lauryl sulfate

Consider, too, that Cocamide DEA is on the same list of potentially cancer-causing chemicals as glyphosate, which is found in a popular weed-killing product.

3. Parabens

Parabens appear in a wide variety of personal-care products and foods to prevent the growth of microbes. In other words, they are preservatives designed to increase the shelf life of a product.

That’s not all they do.

Parabens are endocrine-disrupting chemicals. They directly interrupt how your body regulates your metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood.

What to look for on the label: Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, other ingredients ending in -paraben

4. Formaldehyde

The same chemical that is infamously known to cause a laundry list of diseases in old houses is hiding in your most-common skincare products like nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, shampoo and even baby products.

Banned in Japan in Sweden, and banned in personal-care products in all of the EU, formaldehyde is also used to preserve products and extend their shelf life. It’s found in biology labs and funeral homes around the world.

Formaldehyde, which is easily absorbed both through the skin and inhaled through the air, is considered a known human carcinogen by many expert and government bodies, including the U.S. National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.


These are just four of the most-common harmful ingredients hiding in your skincare products.

Most skincare products contain 30+ chemicals that absorb into your body every single day. But since there is generally no immediately visible reaction from your body, most people ignore the dangers these ingredients pose.

Other common skincare ingredients that have direct health dangers you should avoid include 1,4-dioxane, benzophenone, butylated compounds, coal tar, some fragrance, homosalate, hydroquinone, lead and other heavy medals, MICA, nitrosamines, octinoxate, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, polyacrylamide and others.

We would probably never put these types of chemicals in our bodies if they were served to us on a dinner plate, and we should look to avoid putting them in our bodies via our skin.

Exploring all-natural, food-based alternatives is the best course of action you can take. Not only will these ingredients replace the harmful ones you may already be using, but they will be infinitely more beneficial to the skin and body.

Good luck and happy investing,

Brad Hoppmann


Uncommon Wisdom Daily

Your thoughts on “4 hidden killers you’ve been putting on your skin”

  1. Thank you for posting this article. Clearly you’ve really done your research – and I look forward to your articles every week.

    Let’s not forget that sunscreen blocks out UV-B rays from the sun but doesn’t do anything to block UV-A rays (which is what causes skin cancer.)

    UV-B is ultraviolet light that produces Vit D3 when it shines on the skin. However we need about 20 minutes of direct sunlight a day to get a healthy dose. Vitamin D3 is essential to a healthy immune system.

    One of the common denominators of cancer patients is that they all have a vitamin D deficiency. Probably if people would let their skin have at least 20 minutes of sunlight a day without any sunscreen, their vitamin D3 levels would be high enough to keep their immune systems strong. (if they eat healthy and live healthy lives and don’t smoke or drink alcohol excessively)

    Go on YouTube and look at UCTV.com. Type in:
    “vitamin D and the prevention of chronic disease.” You’ll see a very compelling video made by an M.D. Professor addressing a group of medical students on this topic.

    It’s very interesting. In fact, they have a lot of really interesting videos.

    What would the multibillion-dollar oncology industry do if it turned out a simple vitamin (that comes free from the sun,) could prevent cancer?

    (of course it’s not as simple as that you must eat healthy foods avoid unhealthy foods and toxins and smoking and you must exercise and basically live a healthy lifestyle)

    Over time our livers get so tied up trying to get rid of the toxins in our bodies that almost 1/3 of us end up dying from cancer. Eliminating toxins from our livers so that they can keep our bodies healthy, along with getting plenty of sunlight (Vitamin D-3) may just be the secret to A long and healthy life, free of cancer.

    I might as well throw in the fact that heart disease is caused by diet. Medical science has proven now that only 5% of diseases are inherited. What is mostly “inherited” are the eating habits and lifestyle of the parents. So of course eliminating processed meat bacon (and most red meat also) from the diet will result in a healthier body and mind too.

  2. This article exposes many of the chemical compounds which may have deleterious effect on the body depending upon the body’s chemistry. The human body is one massive chemical processing plant! The FDA has to seriously take time to read the chemical compositions of every skin and skin enhancement products and all canned, processed, and all other packaged products. Are they capable and knowledgeable to determine the consequences of these compounds used in these products? A course in organic chemistry may not help much in ascertaining the potential negative effects. Would a Merck index reveal the contra-indicators of the various compounds put in into the production of these cleansing and
    “beautifying” agents and foods? I do not think so. If the possible potential negative effects
    were place on every topical, ingested, and consumable item, the manufacturers would have
    to find ways to eliminate the short cuts and masking the potential negative effects. The question is, can this be monitored?

  3. And sunscreens—always curious as to its benefit versus the toxic chemicals to block the sun.

    Enjoy your weekend health segments. As long as you have this wonderful blank slate, might be a good place to get the word out on MTHFR (an acronym for several long words) Has to do with, thru a gene mutation, our bodies can only process Folate and B12 in a methyl form. Over time with a deficiency of anything, things begin to break down. This deficiency has pointed to the cause of over 40 diseases. As your above article pointed out toxic things on our skin, most people with folate and B12 deficiency are unable to expel toxic things that we breath, put on our skin, and consume. MTHFR.net is a very reliable site to educate oneself about this topic. A simple blood test, ordered by your doctor, by that name MTHFR will determine if you have one or two genes of this gene mutation. It is definitely a learning process, but well worth learning how to overcome this problem with simple additions, and subtractions in your daily life.

  4. Plz follow up with cites to sources, including scientific data and trials, to support your assertions.

  5. I have a number of chemical sensitivities that showed up after I turned 45. Years of exposure to “Safe Personal Care Products” resulted in built up levels that my body could not handle. I have a book of Material Safety Data Sheets on regular consumable care products. Looks pretty weird shopping with a three ring binder but it works form me. Think of all the people that consume vast amount of drinks from aluminum cans every hour. No wonder disorders / diseases like Parkinson and Alzheimer is on the rise in developed & developing countries. Additionally one area you failed to mention is toothpaste and oral care products. The gums readily absorb medicine and other chemical compounds. Think about the Chinese toothpaste extended with anti freeze which is toxic. The old adage of buyer beware was never truer.

  6. Thank you Brad for bringing this up. I certainly try when I am at the market try to avoid foods where I have difficulty pronouncing any of the ingredients. It has always been curious to me why so many preservatives are necessary for food products that will be consumed usually in a few days. You brought up aluminum and it’s use in products. I agree. What many people are unaware if that we are being almost daily dosed through the atmosphere with chemtrails, the persistent huge white lines in the sky which then turn into an artificial white and silver haze over time and also artificial clouds I have never seen in the past. Curious cotton candy looking clouds. This is happening all over the world. These are not contrails, contrails dissipate in a few seconds. These chemtrails are full of nano particles of aluminum, barium and other nasty ingredients. On your phone ask Google what chemicals are in chemtrails and you will be shocked. A great website for further information on this extremely important subject is geoengineeringwatch.org The planet is in free fall if we do not stop this artificial manipulation of the weather.

  7. Brad, you could name products that don’t have these things without recommending any of them. Since you’ve researched this you certainly have found examples.

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