Tumor risk: A variety of Lip balms contain cancer-causing ingredients

Lip care with cancer-causing Petroleum hydrocarbons

In the cold Season due to the weather, often dry or bleeding lips. To prevent, many people to lip balms. Some of these products have health hazards, however.

Harmful substances in lip care

For many people, it is, of course, to always have a balm for your lips. Studies have shown, however, that some of these pins are a major health hazard, because they contain substances that may be carcinogenic. Were found in an older study, carried out for the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of consumer protection, mineral oils in lip care. And still today, of problematic mineral oil inventory-to-find parts in lip care products, such as a recent investigation by the consumer magazine “Öko-Test” shows.

Brittle and chapped lips

Currently the lips due to the dry air of Central heating and the cold can quickly become brittle and cracked.

Because our lips do not have sweat glands – and sebaceous glands, they can’t protect themselves from drying out.

Therefore, many people to help in the autumn and Winter with fat-containing Lip balms.

But here caution is advised. According to a report by “Öko-Test”, it has been shown in Tests time and again that some of the lip care pins include questionable ingredients.

Some of these products are almost substances to half of saturated mineral Oil hydrocarbons (MOSH/POSH).

Aromatic Petroleum Hydrocarbons

According to the experts MOSH in the human fat to accumulate tissue and the liver, and have resulted in organ damage.

In addition, petroleum-based ingredients, aromatic mineral Oil hydrocarbons (MOAH), in which components can insert, which can work in the smallest quantities of cancer-causing.

According to the Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) is a recording of the MOSH on the skin as a harmless, but not lip balms stay on the skin.

In the course of a long winter, we take – it will be – a whole lot of lip care to us.

According to a calculation of the scientific Advisory Board of the EU Commission (SCCS) ingestion, we all four pins per year.

So it makes sense to pay attention to the ingredients.

Some ingredients should be avoided

According to “Öko-Test” should contain lip balm with the following ingredients:

  • Cera microcristallina
  • Ceresin
  • Mineral Oil
  • Ozokerite
  • Paraffin
  • Paraffinum llaiquidum
  • Petrolatum

What are care substances stuck in the lip products, is declared. The further to the above, these substances are listed, the higher their share in the product.

Improvement of the classic

The current Test by January 2019 show that some of the most well-known brands such as Eucerin, Blistex and Neutrogena Norwegian formula such as petroleum-based and main ingredients.

According to the figures put in almost all of the paraffin-containing products MOAH. Among other things, mineral oil finds, and some other defects to ensure that two products with “poor” and six even with “insufficient” to cut off.

After all, six lip keepers are “very good”, two cutting edges “good”. Good to know: natural cosmetics, mineral oils are not allowed.

In the last Test of lip care (June 2018) was found in the classic chapstick petroleum. Now, the lip care, Beiersdorf’s without mineral oil. “0 % mineral oil, 100 % feel good”, announced the company is accordingly proud of the website of chapstick.

Natural Alternatives

In the “Öko-Test”report, it is noted that it goes without a care pen – the nature has some miracle cure cells of Europe.

According to the experts, the best skin care ingredients are natural substances such as castor, Jojoba, and olive oil or Shea butter.

Quark and honey also help, chapped lips soft and make it supple.

The experts still have an additional tip: In the gray days of winter lip care is sufficient without the light protection factor is perfect.

However, the Öko-Test”magazine editor Svenja Markert advises “: “winter sports enthusiasts and tourists in the sun is better to pack a lip balm with UV-Filter, because the lips have no natural protection. Since some of the chemical filters are suspected to act as hormone, then you’d better pencils with mineral Filters.“ (ad)