Hormone / Endocrine dispruptors in cosmetics
Endocrine disrupting chemicals, also known as hormone disruptors, can be found in all kinds of cosmetic, household and industrial products.
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The endocrine disruptors are numerous, widespread and have many different functions. What the chemicals have in common is that they have endocrine activity properties, meaning they disturb our body’s natural hormone system.
Endocrine disruption symptoms
Some of the endocrine disruptors in cosmetics are preservatives while others are biological hormones added to skincare products, for example, in anti-ageing products.
Exposure to endocrine disruptors is by many considered especially concerning as hormones affect more or less everything that happens in our bodies.
The hormone systems work as the messengers of the body and influence everything from development, growth, immunity, and reproduction, to behaviour and metabolism.
All of those areas could, therefore, feel the negative effects of endocrine disruptors.
There is a suspicion among researchers that hormone-releasing and hormone-disrupting substances could be contributing to the growth of some of the most common diseases in our society.
So because of its serious effects, some researchers and even state agencies within the EU, warns that if endocrine-disrupting chemicals stay unregulated, as they currently are, it will cause grave negative effects on human health.
Endocrine disruptors are associated with the development of
- Learning disabilities
- Severe attention deficit disorder
- Behavioral changes
- Cognitive and brain development problems
- Cancer; breast cancer, prostate cancer, testicle cancer, hormone-sensitive cancers in females, thyroid and other
- Sexual development problems such as feminizing of males or masculinizing effects on females.
- Affects on female and male reproduction; reduced ability to have children, poor sperm quality
- Effects on immune system
- Effects on metabolism, including obesity
- Damages to a developing fetus
- Affects on neurodevelopment and neuroendocrine systems
- Deformations of the body (including limbs)
“Endocrine disruptors interfere with natural hormone systems, and the health effects can be felt long after the exposure has stopped. Exposure to endocrine disruptors in the womb can have life-long effects and can even have consequences for the next generation.” –The European Commission