15 Makeup Products You Should Stop Using NOW

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Know which toxic ingredients to avoid next time you buy a new batch of makeup products.

15 Toxic Ingredients in Makeup Products You Should Avoid


1. Chemicals in Perfume

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Perfume or any product with fragrance should be at the top of your toxic cosmetics list. It may contain chemicals that can damage the organs, cause hormone disruption, and increase the risk of cancer.

Most of the time the cheap but toxic chemicals it contains are:

  • oxybenzone
  • citral
  • lilial
  • benzyl salicylate
  • BHT
  • coumarin

2. Styrene in Nail Polish

What is styrene? It is an unsaturated and easily polymerized liquid hydrocarbon and is usually used to produce rubbers and plastics.

A lot of nail polish brands have been found to contain toxic amounts of styrene. It can cause damage to the nervous system and lead to hearing loss if it reaches the body’s systems.

3. Toxic Metals in Lipsticks

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Lipsticks are another toxic makeup products. Almost all popular brands contain lead and other heavy metals like aluminum, manganese, cadmium, and chromium.

A small amount of lead in lipstick is often ingested every time you eat, drink, or lick your lips. The effects to the body aren’t always immediate (poisoning) but it increases the risk of cancer.

4. Parabens in Mascara

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Mascara has two very toxic chemicals on its ingredients list: parabens and retinyl acetate. Parabens can mimic estrogen and cause a hormonal imbalance while retinol products can turn into carcinogens when exposed to the sun.

Even more so, mascara containers are an ideal environment for bacteria to multiply. The dark and moist atmosphere inside the tube is also an ideal home for bacteria to grow.

5. Retinol Acetate in Concealer

Concealers are often used to hide skin imperfections but most forms (gel, powder, cream, and liquid) also contain parabens and retinol acetate. The latter can cause reproductive toxicity when received by the body in high doses.

6. Mica and Parabens in Foundation

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Foundation is a basic item in everyone’s makeup kit. It is also one of the most harmful makeup products containing several toxic ingredients that can cause damage to the endocrine system:

  • propylene glycol
  • propylparaben
  • methylparaben

Most powder foundations also contain mica. When inhaled, it can scar the lungs and cause permanent damage.

Mica Definition: This is a type of mineral dust that is often used in the production of cement.

7. Methylisothiazolinone and Oxybenzone in BB Cream

BB cream is a favorite for anyone who wants to achieve a quick natural look but there’s nothing natural about its ingredients. Products from big brands contain chemicals like oxybenzone and methylisothiazolinone. These chemicals can increase the risk of cancer, cause allergic reactions, and leave the area around the face irritated. Long and continuous exposure can also lead to lung irritation.

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8. Oxybenzone in CC Cream

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CC cream is another makeup favorite to achieve a no-makeup look because it has a thicker texture to help hide imperfections like discoloration. But, some brands have acrylamide in their CC creams. It is a natural chemical of certain foods but it also has carcinogenic properties. Some CC creams also contain oxybenzone, especially if they contain SPF for protection against the sun.

9. Oxybenzone in SPF Foundation

This brings us to makeup products with SPF, especially SPF foundation. Most skin care products that offer sun protection contain oxybenzone. Oxybenzone can mimic estrogen, impair fertility, and cause hormonal imbalances.

10. Formaldehyde in Blush

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Blush is essential to your makeup kit to add some color to your face but most formulations of this product contain formaldehyde because of preservative ingredients. This chemical is a neurotoxin, carcinogen, and organ toxicant.

Formaldehyde is released by 2 preservative ingredients: polyoxymethylene (made from animal urine and bodily fluids) and quaternium-15. Both have been banned from being used in makeup products in the European Union.

11. Lyral and Lilial in Eyeliner

Eyeliner is the biggest culprit among cosmetics when it comes to irritation, mainly because you’re applying it so close to your eyes. Sharing eyeliners can also cause and spread infection.

Some eyeliners contain high amounts of lyral and lilial. These are chemical powders used in soaps, aftershaves, deodorants, and laundry detergents. They increase free radical production and lower ATP levels inside the cells, according to a study published in 2013.

12. Lead in Lip Liner

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Similar to lipsticks, lip liners are often ingested because they’re so close to the mouth. Though there are no traces of lead, lip liners often include retinol products, parabens, and fragrance, they can increase the risk of cancer and hormone imbalance.

13. Parabens in Brow Liner

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Having the perfect eyebrows is the ultimate makeup trend so finding the perfect brow liner is important. But, you should look for brow liner that won’t harm your skin and health.

Most eyebrow kits contain a range of chemicals that can cause skin cancer when exposed to sunlight:

  • ethylparaben
  • isobutylparaben
  • methylparaben
  • retinyl palmitate

14. 7 Parabens in Setting Powder

Setting powder is another makeup essential that contains more than 7 types of parabens. There’s a whole range of makeup products from big brand names that contain these chemicals, along with retinyl acetate.

15. Carcinogens in Makeup Remover

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The last important item in your makeup kit is a makeup remover. While it aims to remove the chemicals from makeup, some waterproof makeup formulations are rather harsh to the skin.

These products are often labeled as gentle or natural but they usually contain chemicals that can damage your organs because they’re absorbed into the bloodstream. The biggest culprits in makeup removers are:

  • Parabens: There are usually 5 types of parabens in makeup removers.
  • Hydrogenated polyisobutene: It is a synthetic oil that contains trans fat.
  • Ammonium acryloyldimethyl: This synthetic acid has toxic and carcinogenic properties.
  • Disodium EDTA: It is a preservative ingredient that can block your vitamin C receptors.
  • Sucrose: This can cause irritation and pimples on your face.


Now you know what to avoid, check out the biggest beauty secrets revealed in this video from Caroland:

These toxic ingredients in your makeup kit are even worse for sensitive skin. It can also cause or worsen skin conditions like acne, eczema, and dermatitis for any skin type. Instead of covering up imperfections, you should prioritize your skin care routine by using organic makeup products made from natural ingredients to achieve a healthy natural look.

What toxic-free makeup products do you have in your beauty kit? Share them with us in the comments section below!

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