Anti-aging lotions can be dangerous

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Anti-aging lotions elevate the risk of cancer. Specialists advise that you do not use cosmetics with AHAs concentration higher than 10%.

Almost a third of the money people spend on cosmetics is spent on anti-aging products. It turns out that these products often elevate the risk of oncological diseases, according to Daily Telegraph.

“Rejuvenating products remove not only the signs of aging – the wrinkles, but also the thinnest upper layer of the epidermal cells. As a result, the skin is left unprotected against the harmful environmental factors such as sunlight, toxins and air pollutants.” – says the article.

According to the scientists quoted by the British newspaper, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are potentially dangerous ingredients, widely used for achieving the basic effect of the anti-aging lotions. In most countries, the revenue of AHA-containing cosmetics is unregulated. Only the USA enforces some measure of control over them. Research conducted precisely in the United States shows the first results according to which anti-aging products, even those of renowned brands, are potentially cancerogenic.

“Many women, and also an increasing number of men, rub kilograms of these products on their skin, naively believing that this will intensify the positive effect they are experiencing, without causing any harm.” – says Dr. Sam Epstain, chairman of USA’s Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC).

Based on this data, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now requiring that the manufacturers of lifting cosmetics inform the consumers (via labels or text on the packaging) that the use of this product leads to thinning of the skin and increases the risk of swelling, serious sunburn and cancer.

“Skin that is treated with such products is deprived of its protective properties and the exposure to direct sunlight considerably elevates the risk of squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma.” – states Dr. Epstain.

The American dermatologists are already insisting that their patients refrain from using products with AHA concentration higher than 10%.

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