Did you know that Foyo Face is free of all “Dirty Dozen” chemicals? 

Our skin is highly permeable.  This provides a greater opportunity for harmful chemicals to be absorbed into our skin, and potentially our blood stream.  Dr. Samuel Epstein, the former Head of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, says “it is more dangerous to put a product on your skin than it is to eat it.”

Let’s take a closer look at “The Dirty Dozen”, 12 potentially harmful ingredients in the skincare products we all use. We want you to be able to make informed decisions about the products you choose.


List by Kome

#1  Artificial dyes and coal tar

Look at the back of your skincare product.  If you see names like yellow #7 or red #5, your product has artificial dyes. Derived from coal tar, these dyes potentially cause cancer and include heavy metals that are toxic to the brain.

#2  Benzoates

Look for ingredients with names like benzyl, or sodium benzoate.  These are known toxic chemicals.

#3  BHA and BHT

Butylated hydroxy anisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are both potential carcinogens and hormone disruptors.

#4 DEA, MEA and TEA

Diethanolamine (DEA), monoethanolamide (MEA) and ethanolamine (TEA) are used to make skincare products sudsy and creamy.  Unfortunately, they also known to react to form cancer-causing nitrosamines.

#5  Dibutyl phthalate

Recent studies have linked phthalates, found in cosmetics and baby care products, to asthma, birth defects and cancer.

#6  Fragrance

A “parfum,” or “fragrance,” in a product can contain as many as 500 other ingredients.  Not only can fragrance inflame and irritate skin, it can also contain by-products, like petroleum, that are linked to cancer, asthma, allergies and even nerve damage.

#7  Lead

Found frequently in lipstick, lead is rarely listed in ingredients.  It is linked to damage in both the brain and nervous system. 

#8 Parabens

Parabens are to skincare as preservatives are to food.  They are used to extend the shelf-life of body and skincare products.  According to the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption, parabens have been linked to hormone disruption, hormonally-linked concerns, and reproductive disorders.

#9  Petrolatum

Derived from potentially cancer-causing petroleum products, petrolatum is found in products like petroleum jelly.  Unfortunately, petroleum jelly is found in many baby products.

#10  Sodium lauryl sulfate

Sodium lauryl sulfate is used as a foaming agent in products like soaps, body washes and shampoos.  Not only can sulfates be very drying and irritating to skin, there have been some studies that link it to cancer.

#11  Toluene

Commonly found in nail polish, toluene is extremely toxic ingredient and can cause potential damage to your nervous system, blood, eyes, liver, kidney and respiratory system.

#12  Triclosan

Found in products like toothpaste and antibacterial hand-sanitizer, triclosan is an antibacterial ingredient.  The concern over the use of this ingredient is that it contributes to the development of virulent superbugs that may build resistance to drugs.


So, be sure to read those labels and do your research!

That’s all for now :)

Catch up soon,



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