Personal Care Product Chemicals Trigger Breast Cell DNA Damage

Chemical Free Life

There are distressing results from a new scientific study focusing on the adverse health effects from chemicals commonly found in cosmetics and personal care products:  At least two of these chemicals have now been shown to damage the DNA of breast cells–even at low doses*.  The chemicals examined:

(1) oxybenzone (aka the ultraviolet filter benzophenone-3 (BP-3) which is commonly found in sunscreen products and cosmetics with sunscreen protection)

(2) propylparaben (PP), (an antimicrobial preservative found in both cosmetics and personal care products)

*Breast cells contain estrogen receptors and scientists think this is why they may be more susceptible to the adverse effects of these chemicals. 

Study overview

The study used a new approach that identified a mechanism by which estrogens and xenoestrogens — environmental chemicals that act like estrogens — may promote breast cancer. The two chemical compounds (oxybenzone and propylparaben) were…

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