By Buffy Naillon
Potentially toxic cosmetics have many consumers shying away. You might be inclined to associate formaldehyde with frogs in jars in science class, but it’s ingredients like this and dioxane that make cosmetics buyers concerned.
They’re certainly not ingredients that would motivate a person to buy cosmetics, and now it seems that Johnson and Johnson has heard consumers’ concerns. The company recently made a vow to rid their cosmetics of “ingredients of concern” by 2015, according to the Associated Press via Huffington Post.
Ingredients such as these can potentially cause cancer, and, according to the report, the company will be taking these ingredients out of adult toiletries and cosmetics. It will remove potentially harmful substances from baby products as well. The company anticipates that the potentially harmful substances will be out of baby products by the end of the year. These products include baby lotion and bath products, as well as such skin care products as Aveeno, Clean and Clear, and Lubriderm for adults.
The push against toxic cosmetics began in 2009 when the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics began pressuring the company to remove harmful substances from its health and beauty products, particularly ingredients like dioxane and formaldehyde, which are “probable human carcinogens; formaldehyde also is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.” J&J will also remove triclosan, phthalates and parabens, as well as fragrance ingredients that don’t show up on packaging labels.
Besides cancer, these products present other health hazards as well. Recent research suggests that phthalates may cause diabetes.