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December 26, 2014

By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist







Is your foundation making you sick? The average American
woman uses 12 beauty products before she even leaves the
house in the morning, and one of the most popular is
foundation. Liquid, powder, stick, mineral, cream…. the choice
is almost endless.  A 2012 survey by the Renfrew Center
Foundation discovered 44 percent of women feel unattractive
without any makeup and many feel underdressed without
foundation on their face. With some bottles costing more than
$50, the price of foundation is steep. But are you paying a
higher price with your health? You may be surprised to learn
that some ingredients in your favorite foundations are linked to
skin irritation, and infection and even cancer.

Foundation Health Dangers Through the Ages

Foundation first made an appearance in Greek and Roman
times when the beauty-conscious risked their lives with makeup
containing white lead and mercury.

The trend for extremely white skin stuck around until the
1800s as people thought it represented wealth and class.

A modern version of foundation that developed in the theater
was also not particularly pleasant – the concoction contained
lard, zinc and ochre. After 1914, when Max Factor introduced a
foundation created for film, foundation became safer and easier
to apply. But how safe is it actually today?

What’s in Your Foundation?

Foundation in whatever form contains a few key ingredients –
a base of water, oil, or wax; a filler like talc; and pigments to
create the tone.

Some of these ingredients may cause problems for the wearer.
But makeup and cosmetics are not subject to the same
regulatory oversight as food – the Food & Drug Administration
does not have to approve ingredients (apart from color
additives) and it is up to the foundation manufacturer to decide
if the makeup is safe.

If you’re in the habit of applying foundation every day, take a
look at the following health concerns.

We looked at recent scientific evidence to find out if foundation
represents a danger to your health and wellbeing.

























1.
Is Mineral Foundation Bad for Your Health?  

The popular trend for mineral makeup started with Bare
Escentuals which launched a loose powder foundation in the
middle of the 1970s.

Others jumped on the bandwagon, claiming that mineral
foundations were more natural and healthy for the skin than
regular foundation.

However, as the makeup gained in popularity, experts began
making claims that it was actually bad for your health. The tiny
particles of minerals, it was claimed, could be inhaled and cause
lung irritation and infection.

The claims may sound worrying but there is no evidence that
mineral foundation causes lung problems. Further studies are
needed to demonstrate a clear link between foundation and
lung damage.


2.
Does Talc in Foundation Powders Cause Cancer?

Talc is a mineral made up of magnesium, oxygen and silicon
that absorbs water well and is included in a number of cosmetic
products including foundation powder.

According to the American Cancer Society, there is a possible
link between talc and cancer.

However, most of the concerns about talc and cancer have
focused on the risk of ovarian cancer for women applying
talcum powder in the genital area – a 1999 study by Brigham
and Women's Hospital, Boston demonstrated “a significant
association between the use of talc in genital hygiene and risk
of epithelial ovarian cancer.”

Talc in foundation has not been shown to cause cancer,
although because talc is such a common ingredient it would
warrant further research in this direction.


3.
Parabens in Foundation and Health Dangers

Parabens are a type of chemical that is added to foundation to
increase its life and act as a preservative.

Parabens have been linked to a long list of serious health
concerns like cancer, reproductive problems, skin irritation,
endocrine disruption, and neurotoxicity.

A 2007 study from the University of Franche-Comté, Besancon,
France showed that parabens were able to permeate through
skin layers, which is where it is believed they cause toxicity and
may cause cancer.

Research into parabens is still ongoing, and whether
foundation is a direct risk to your health because of the
addition of parabens remains to be seen.

4.
Watch Out for Bacteria in Old Foundation

Dermatologists at the Baylor Regional Medical Center warn that
your old foundation could be causing acne or even a serious
skin infection.

Bacteria builds up in foundation once it has been opened and
may reach hazardous levels – but it is difficult to know when to
throw it out as cosmetics don’t have expiry dates.

Baylor Regional Medical Center scientists say you should throw
out your liquid foundation after just three months as bacteria
can get into your eye to cause conjunctivitis, or irritate the skin
to cause
dermatitis.

5.
Wearing Foundation Can Lead to Folliculitis

Folliculitis is a condition where the hair follicles become
inflamed, usually as the result of a bacterial or fungal infection.

When your pores are blocked by oily foundation, the follicles
can become damaged and are at greater risk of infection when
bacteria are trapped within the pore.

Folliculitis is characterized by pimples and lesions, and generally
inflamed skin. When folliculitis occurs on the face it can be
particularly distressing.

A 2010 study from Chung-Ang University College says
folliculitis can be minimized with photodynamic therapy as this
treatment has an antimicrobial effect.

6.
Foundation Causes Skin Allergies

The British Allergy Foundation gives some advice for avoiding
problematic, irritating allergies to foundation and other
cosmetics.

Always do a patch test of a new foundation before you put it all
over your face.

Put the foundation on the skin on the inside of your elbow and
wait for a day to see if you develop any irritation.

Choose the foundation with the fewest ingredients as this cuts
down your risk of allergies – fragrances and preservatives are
the main culprits behind skin allergies.

7.
Oxybenzone in Foundation can Cause Skin Irritation

Oxybenzone is added to many foundations and other beauty
products but it can cause skin irritation and an allergic reaction
to light.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 97
percent of Americans has a build-up of oxybenzone in their
bodies. Oxybenzone helps protect against UV rays but also can
be a problem when applied to the skin in foundation.





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