Go easy on medicated lotions, creams, gels

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    Feb 05, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    "Here, we investigate 14 ingredients commonly found in products you may be using right now -- and we tell you how to stay safe."


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    Feb 05, 2008 5:46 PM GMT
    I have had this crazy dry skin problem on one of my fingers.

    After a thousand creams, dermatologists, wax treatments, and everything else imaginable I realized it was the therapy that was keeping the thing messed up.

    This is so true what you have posted Caslon.

  • fitnfunmich

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    Feb 05, 2008 6:54 PM GMT
    The medications I can deal with--at least it's obvious they are there and what they do. What worries me more is all the other "stuff" in most OTC lotions, creams, shampoos, etc. that could in fact be harmful.

    Studies have shown that so many of these additives can accumulate in our bodies...to what effect? Many are listed under California Proposition 65 as carcinogens (meaning they could cause cancer.)

    Examples are phthalates and many preservatives (some go by the names Cocamide DEA, formaldehyde, quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, parabens). It's really scary when you pick up the bottle of shampoo or body lotion you use daily and see these things in there...
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    Feb 05, 2008 9:24 PM GMT
    it makes me laugh that they stick creatine in so many lotions and potions these days too
  • ShawnTX

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    Feb 05, 2008 10:22 PM GMT
    Parabens, the most common;y used preservatives in cosmetics, have gotten a bad rap.

    The study that suggested parabens were linked to breast cancer by migrating from the armpit (from deodorant) into breast tissue has recently been proven inaccurate.

    Also, people just love to over-react regarding parabens estrogenic activity. The media is largely to blame for this. I recall reading an article about parabens and their supposed harmful effects on humans. It mentioned studies that had been performed on rats. What they failed to mention is that the estrogenic activity of the parabens was measureable only at a dose 25 000 times higher than needed to preserve a cosmetic product (I think it's 25 000, correct me if I'm wrong) which would make it 2 500 000 000 times weaker than estradiol.

    People shouldn't believe everything they see on tv, read in the newspaper, or hear from their friends.