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These could ruin your skin, be careful

  Here are some harmful cosmetic please on the Ghanaian market that you should be careful of

Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in Ghana has cautioned the public against some harmful cosmetic products in the country.

The press statement released by the authority indicated that these products contain harmful substances including mercury, hydroquinone and steroids.

The directive further cautioned the producers of the harmful products to recall them from the market with immediate effect.

Before you reach for that pretty bottle lotion on your bathroom shelf, know that, what is inside may not be as innocent as it looks. There are dozens of ingredients currently being used in top-brand body lotions that range from questionable to potentially hazardous. So watch out for these toxic ingredients when scanning body lotion labels. 

1. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)

   This is a food preservative and stabilizer that routinely shows up in body lotions, as well as everything from lipstick to yeast infection treatments.

2. Parabens

  You'll find parabens in practically all popular commercial body lotions (just look for butylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, or ethylparaben on the label). They prevent bacteria and fungus from growing in your favorite bottle of moisturizer, which would be great if they weren't linked to hormone disruption and breast cancer. 

3. Retinyl Palmitate

   The most controversial form of vitamin A, is a vitamin A derivative that you'll see in some sunscreens, as well as lotions and creams advertised to have anti-aging properties. A study published by the National Toxicology Program found that mice exposed to retinyl palmitate developed a frightening number of tumors after exposure to sunlight. If you're going to use lotions that contain retinyl palmitate, do so at night.

4. DMDM Hydantoin

  This mysterious sounding ingredient is a type of formaldehyde releasing preservative used in a host of personal care items, including body lotion. (Formaldehyde releasers are used in 20% of all cosmetics and personal care products, according to the Environmental Working Group). It is an irritant for eyes and skin, and while there is no evidence that DMDM hydantoin itself is a carcinogen, formaldehyde definitely is.

5. Phenoxyethanol

   This product is found in the EU which can reach a concentration up to 1.0% in all product categories. The SCCS9 recently re-confirmed that, it is safe for use and no regulatory uncertainty is identified at mid to long term. The optimum pH should between 4 and 9 and, like the parabens, it has the advantage of being inexpensive. The main disadvantage is that it is incompatible with most non-ionic surfactants.

6. Benzyl alcohol

Benzyl is another option. Active against gram plus bacteria from 25 ppm, it is generally combined with acetic acid to better combat yeasts and moulds. This alcohol is usually used at up to 1.0% and acetic acid (anhydrous) up to 0.6%. This combination is safest at a pH of between 3 and 5. Incompatibility is low except with the non-ionic surfactants and this combination can be sourced from nature.

7. Petrolatum

   Petrolatum is a rich emollient and FDA-approved skin protectant. It is one of the common ingredients for dry skin, including around the eyes. While refined petrolatum is approved for human usage, petrolatum is actually a potentially harmful skincare product. There are risks of contamination when using this ingredient. This is due to the large number of cheap imitations and mass productions, leading to adverse results.

Becareful about what you use on your skin. For centuries men and women have been using various kinds of herbs, potions, and many more, for enhancing their beauty. Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian queen is said to have been using milk of a female donkey for that purpose.

   Today many kinds of chemicals are available for enhancing softness or color of the skin. They are in form of soaps, ointments, creams, lotions and powders. They are fine to use so far as they are safe  in the long run. One should know the contents of the product he or she is using and whether it is safe to use them or not.

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