We put cosmetics on our skin and absorb many of their ingredients. With this in mind, it is incredibly troubling to hear about some of the things cosmetic companies include in their products. Some of these ingredients may only cause mild irritation, while others are thought to cause cancer and other serious conditions. Unfortunately, many consumers have no idea the products they are using could be harming them. Thankfully, there are many companies who take it upon themselves to only use the safest, best quality ingredients. For those who don’t, here are ten of the scariest ingredients found in cosmetics that you need to know about.


Parabens are used as a preservative in many cosmetics. Parabens are suspected to disrupt the endocrine system and may cause male reproductive issues. Luckily, many cosmetic companies have vowed to eliminate all parabens from their products.


Commonly used in hand sanitizing products, toothpaste, and other cleansers, triclosan is known to disrupt the endocrine system and contributes to antibiotic resistance.

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