Butylene, Propylene Glycols – inexpensive humectants that can take a toll on kidneys, cause depression, respiratory failure, even death
Hydroquinone – can cause kidney and bladder disease
Sulfates – linked to cancer
Formaldehyde preservatives – BHT, Diazolidinyl Urea, DMDM
Parabens – preservatives that have have estrogenic effect on the body and linked to breast and prostate cancers
Ethanolamines (DEA, MEA, TEA) – foaming agents and emulsifying stabilizers, linked to cancers
Petrolatum – suffocates, occlusive and may cause weakness
Octyl Methoxycinnamate (OCM) – inhibits Vitamin D absorption from sun
Benzoyl Peroxide – weakens the skin and makes it susceptible to UV radiation damage, even skin cancer
Triclosan – antibacterial agent that may interfere with the metabolism of thyroid hormone and contribute to antibiotic resistance