What is the price of slayed edges. I love laying my 4c edges just like the next girl but does the cost have to be getting breast cancer or having a deformed baby???
I don’t know about you but the labels on most natural hair products are so confusing to me and I have no idea what the stuff listed really is beside the obvious water, alcohol, etc. But thanks to the naturally curly community online I was able to find out exactly what is in one of our favorite gels.
According to natural hair beauty blogger, AlopeciaFreeWithJass, Eco Styler Gel does contain an agent that is known to cause cancer. In a YouTube video she breaks down the ingredients in the popular gel and came across one troubling one, Tetrasodum EDTA. After reading this I immediately went to my bathroom to see if my jar had Tetrasodum listed.
According to THE DERM REVIEW:
Products that Contain Tetrasodium EDTA
Tetrasodium EDTA is formulated into many products, including face creams, shower gels, hair care products, and many other personal care items where the formulas can potentially become degraded through growth of mold. This chemical is even included in food items, though it’s more difficult to identify in such cases.
In some individuals, this chemical has been known to cause skin irritation. Other studies suggest that Tetrasodium EDTA may contribute to the development of cancer. Unfortunately, many companies that claim to make natural skin care products will still use this chemical.
Side Effects of Tetrasodium EDTA
Tetrasodium EDTA side effects include a number of potential problems. In some individuals, this chemical has been known to cause skin irritation. Other studies suggest that Tetrasodium EDTA may contribute to the development of cancer.
Unfortunately, many companies that claim to make natural skin care products will still use this chemical. This is an interesting development that initially may seem like nonsense. Why would a skin care manufacturer use a synthetic chemical like Tetrasodium EDTA in their formulation, if they believe in using natural cancer?
The answer may come from the skin care industry simply becoming used to certain ingredients. For example, many brands still formulate their products with excessive amounts of alcohol, fragrance and coloring.
This may seem counter-intuitive, because alcohol can dry out the skin, and the latter two ingredients are known for causing irritation. However, the industry has simply become accustomed to it, since pretty much everyone seems to do it. Thus, Tetrasodium EDTA seems to be used in much the same way, where most companies simply use it because it’s the norm.
Tetrasodium EDTA is known for causing allergic reactions and is also linked to causing cancer. This ingredient is also said to contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Additionally, according to the “U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Cosmetics Ingredient Review (CIR), triethanolamine is best suited for products that should be washed off after application.”
What Gel do you use and does it contain ingredients that may cause cancer?