FDA Finally Classifies Formaldehyde as a Carcinogen.

Formaldehyde is best known as embalming fluid but it is found in many household products including your hair care, skin care, and body care products!  It is also found in pressed wood products like particle board. When you walk into a new house under construction that new house smell is formaldehyde. 

The FDA just recently added formaldehyde to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer, not that might cause cancer, but does cause cancer. Here is the report from the Department of Health and Human Services  http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/roc12

When you look at products you put on your skin you won’t see formaldehyde listed as an ingredient because nobody would buy a product with that listed, but there are a number of common chemicals which degrade and breakdown fairly readily and when they break down they release formaldehyde. The most popular chemicals are:

  • Quaternium 15
  • 2-bromo-2nitropropane-1,3-dio
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • DMDM Hydantoin
If you see these listed on the label, then you’re exposing formaldehyde directly to your skin daily. 

The skin care product we use and recommend is free from all formaldehyde releasing agents as well as parabens. It also doesn’t use irritating natural oils, like tea tree, grapefruit oil, etc. These aren’t harmful, but they are irritating to the skin.  I won’t mention product names here, but email me at my address below and I’ll give you information where you can find this product.