Toxins in Cosmetics, toothpaste, and food…HEXACHLOROPHENE

:scratch I don’t think anyone has approached this subject in exactily the same way as I am about to do. The best diet in the world won’t help acne, other skin problems, and health problems if toxic material is in the food we eat or in the cosmetics we use to groom ourselves. Anything we put on our faces or use for grooming, like toothpaste, can harm us if there is something in the product that is toxic. With that in mind I gathered up a few web sites to post that have some information along this train of thought. I think some of you may have already heard of Linda Chae. I included her in these links.
Check out this web link on HEXACHLOROPHENE especially b section with the warning. This is why I have stopped using products that contain this chemical. Update posted 3/28/03
Poisons in Cosmetics
More poisons in cosmetics.
Toxic toothpaste. Toothpaste contains Solium Hydroxide this is the main ingredient in DRANO.
More toxins in toothpaste this time it is Pepsodent. .
Chemical sensitivities.
Carcinogens in food.

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16 thoughts on “Toxins in Cosmetics, toothpaste, and food…HEXACHLOROPHENE

  1. For anyone interested, check out: and

    This is where I’ve gotten my manuka products. I’m still astonished at how the manuka products and high doses of fish oil have completely cleared my skin in one week. The manika oil and honey gel is so tightening and firming, it’s like Dr. Perricone’s 5% ALA cream that is great but breaks me out. All I can say is: WOW 😮 😮

  2. :crazyeyes In the first link on toxic toothpaste please note the info on ‘Hormone Disrupting Chemicals’ that are found in bubble bath, shampoo and facial cleaners. Hormone disrupting chemicals can account for some of the unexplained adult acne we see today.

    I have had experience with a hair gel within the last 6 months that broke out my forehead and the sides of my face. I realized right away that the gel was to blame because it was the only new product I had used in a long time, and I stopped using it right away. My face cleared up within a couple of days but would not have cleared up if I continued with the gel. I know because I tried it a second time, just to be sure, on one temple and the same thing happened in that small area so I just threw out the hair gel this time.

    I have also had a bad experience with powdered Tide detergent. It caused terrible skin rashes on family members so I switched to a non-allergic liquid wash for laundry. The funny thing is that it is real hard to find stores that carry the non-allergic product. One thing I have noticed though is that there seems to be a less perfumy smell in the aisle where powdered detergents are stored in the grocery store these days.

    There is a new liquid laundry wash made especially for black clothes, and I got a rash from using this product. Re-washed my dark garments and did not touch this special wash again, and the skin problem cleared up within one day.

    A couple of years ago a friend took a job with Macys at Xmas time, and she developed a sneezy allergy while working there. She learned that the allergy she got while working in the store was from a chemical that was being sprayed on clothing to protect it during shipment to the store. Clothing is being shipped to the states from many different countries today, and during the shipping process bugs were getting into the garments so now Macys has the producers spray a bug spray on the clothes before shipping them to protect from getting bugs in the clothes. But some people are allergic to the dust that comes off of the clothes when they are unpacked and handled in the store because the bug spray is in the dust. If you buy new underware it is a good idea to wash it before you wear it, and same goes for any clothes that touch your skin especially if those clothes are produced outside of your own country because it is very likely that a bug spray was used before shipping.

  3. Hey, I have two friends that miscarried their babies and guess what? They both had just sprayed their kitchens with bug spray. One of them already had small children and one of them went into convulsions, only to be rushed to the hospital where they couldn’t find anything wrong. Both of my friends say, looking back, they are sure it was the chemicals in the bug spray. We don’t use any of that stuff in my house.

  4. I don’t use any toxic bug spray in my house or garden either.

    I lost a really nice cat several years ago because I put a flea collar on her neck that had an insectcide in it that was too strong for her system. My vet told me that the flea collar I bought at the grocery store was what had given her the cancer she got that killed her. He also told me that he had lost several expensive puppies in his practice that were also victims of this particular flea collar company. He said there was a recall out but of course it was too late for my cat, and too late for all the puppies that had died. While the insectcide was too strong for small animals many of the larger dogs did survive after wearing this flea collar and did not get the cancer. I remember that the collars were manufactured under the name ‘Snoopy’ flea collars.

    I had another cat go into a ‘grand mal’ seisure after getting a flea bath. She was a rescued kitten and had a terrible case of fleas. The vet gave me a special flea bath that was made for young kittens. This is the stuff that almose killed her. I followed the directions on the bottle exactily. My cat went stiff after she got the diluted bath on her fur, and her eyes rolled back in her head. I wrapped her in a towl and held her to me until she recovered. This cat is still alive today but she is terribly skinny, and cannot seem to gain any weight. Her personality is such a total love that I am very glad she survived the ordeal!

    I am so sorry about your friends babies.

    I know a woman who uses insect spray every time she sees an ant in her house. One of her daughters, the youngest one, has a peely skin condition, and I think it is because her mother goes nuts with the bug spray. I tried to tell the mom that the spray was not too good to use because her kids were so young but she would not listen to me.

  5. Wow! I’m sorry about your cat! 🙁

    I think if we truly understood what these chemicals are doing to us, we’d stop it already. I remember once my neighbor walks up to me and says, “here, take these”. It turned out to be those borax strips and drops for ants. Well, I kinda thought that was a weird thing to give someone, but about 2 weeks later, low and behold, we had the hoards of hell marching through our home. I put the borax cardboard strip down, put a few liquid borax drops on it, the ants ate it, took it to the nest, no more ant problems. WUH-LA.

    I have a book on natural pet and house care and it covers a lot of ground. I remember once we had a HORRIBLE moth infestation (I work with lots of dried flowers) and found out from that book that there are “bombs” made from chrysamthemum flowers that are much less toxic than regular “bombs”. I put it in the room and didn’t go in for like a week or something, just to be safe, and it was all fine. No bad reactions, and moths were all dead.

    There are SO MANY alternatives out there! We don’t have to be slaves to chemicals!

    Thanks for all the links. I am with you on this.

    I am glad your kitty who had the seizure is o.k. too. :angel

  6. Hi Denise and Solomio – great links and information!!

    I always use organic products where i can, also use environmentally friendly products like Ecover. I use homecare products by Green People – they are an organic company based in the UK.

    For the past 3 years or so, I have only cleaned my house using a mixture of water, tea tree, lemon and lavender oils. Works a treat and smells great too!

    Since it is so hard to avoid all toxins etc. I feel it is still good to make sure we take stuff like NAC/ALA etc. as this helps detox us on a constant basis.

  7. Bump this thread for Ryan because of the :help toxic toothpaste.

    After I did the research for this thread I changed some of the products I use because I got a little nervous about some of the toxic ingredients. Is your toothpast one of the bad ones? Maybe that is why it flared your skin up?

  8. Well, some website I looked at had a list of a couple of toothpastes that are suppost to be okay to use, mine was listed on the page.. But none-the-less, mine was Aquafresh triple protection. And I only used a very small ammount… Guess it was enough to flare up the acne though!

  9. Hey, this is some really interesting info on the toxins – I had no idea. This is definately something worth looking into.
    And Denise, thanks for posting the natural cosmetics links as well

    For anyone interested, check out: and

    This is where I’ve gotten my manuka products. I’m still astonished at how the manuka products and high doses of fish oil have completely cleared my skin in one week. The manika oil and honey gel is so tightening and firming, it’s like Dr. Perricone’s 5% ALA cream that is great but breaks me out. All I can say is: WOW 😮 😮

  10. this is a fantastic thread!!!I want to get preg. sometime in the next year(well after accutane-of course!!) this has given me some great food for thought so i don’t inadvertently harm my unborn child or harm my young child with toxic chemicals :crazyeyes

  11. 😀 Hi Honey Bee,
    One of the things I love about this web site is that once a person spends the time to do the research, and do the posting about a subject that concerns our health the information is NOT lost in a week or two.

    Instead of dropping off the edge of the web all info is saved so a person can recall a thread…like I did with this one…, and add some new info that relates to that particular thread.

    This particular thread on toxins was over on page 12 but since I had started it I remembered it and wanted to put the info on hexachlorophene on it.

    I am glad this thread has helped you, and I am sure that it will help a lot of others who are new to this web site.
    Take care,

  12. thanks solomio for bringing this thread up again. This of using natural products is very important and not only for acne but also for health. There is lots of house products we use everyday with chemicals in the long run can do harm. I always try to buy as most natural products as possible. The only I still have trouble giving up is antiperspirants deodorants. I know antiperspirants have aluminun and that is not good however natural deodorants are just not strong enough. Hope one day they find a good replacement. Toothpastes and soaps there is plenty of excellent naturals choices.

    Mari 😀

  13. 😀 Mari,
    I know how you feel about using a product that contains aluminum where it can be absorbed into the skin.

    I had a bad experience years ago where I developed bumps under the skin on both of my underarms. I went to my GP, and he sent me for blood tests because he though that I had some form of cancer developing , and it was showing up there in lumps because women often get cancer in the armpit area when they get breast cancer. These bumps looked and felt like large lumpy hives. The tests proved negative. At this point in time the doctor’s attitude was ‘lets wait and see what happens.’

    In 3 months time the bumps were gone. During that 3 months I had stopped using an anti-perspirant that contained aluminum, and switched to a plain deodorant because I began to suspect that the aluminum in the anti-perspirant was to blame for my misery.

    BUT, using just a plain deodorant did not work very well for me when the weather was hot and sweaty!

    Sooo…I found a way to get around this problem.
    Since skin odor is caused by the build-up of bacteria on the skin, I started putting some mild alcohol solution (50% to 70%) on a wet washrag after I had toweled off from my shower or bath. Alcohol destroys bacteria but is too strong for the underarms if you apply it straight. So I put it on a wet washrag and it worked just find without causing any irritation. Then after the skin was dry I applied the plain stick deodorant, without antiperspirant, to the underarm area. This method will keep the area free from odor for up to 8 hours for me. During the day at work I had to reapply the stick deodorant. I always carry a small stick deodorant in my briefcase for this purpose.

    I will use this method even up to today if needed, which happens sometimes when the weather turns hot.

    I also started using an anti-bacterial soap for my shower and or bath to thoroughly get rid of any bacteria from the underarms.

    Recently, since I have been posting on this board, I have changed to the Tea Tree Oil Soap, which is anti-bacterial, and a heck of a lot safer than any anti-bacterial soap that you buy in the super (like Dial).

    The trick is to use a good bath brush to work the lather into the underarm… hands just don’t seem to do a good enough job. So far I have not had any problem with any underarm odor at all with the Tea Tree Oil Soap, and I know I will NEVER ever use anything that contains aluminum on my underarms again because I know first-hand what that stuff can do. Also, I will never ever use any soap like Dial again.

  14. Jim,
    Here is the first bump on how chemicals in common things we use everyday can cause us some real problems. You may be surprised by some of the stuff that causes us problems that we are often not aware of.

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