Some ingredients in beauty, personal care and household products are known to be harmful to human organs, thus causing organ system toxicity. The human body’s organ systems are usually divided in 11 major systems, even though the systems often overlap. As our body is one complex entity, the description of it may vary; sometimes organ systems are combined, more systems are added, and descriptions may vary. Though what is certain – all organ systems can be subject to toxic exposures and it can affect any type of tissue in any organ.
Toxicants affecting the organs can come from a wide variety of sources, not only cosmetics. Examples of other identified sources are molds, latex, dyes, glues, food, medicines, cigarette and tobacco smoke, and physical stress.