Morag Currin

As estheticians, we really should be accountable for educating our clients about carcinogenic, irritating and toxic ingredients in skin care products.

What amazes me the most – many of our clinical Oncology Esthetics® graduates continue to use and sell skin care products without much concern about irritating, toxic and carcinogenic ingredients to cancer patients or clients.  More so, there are thousands of estheticians who do NOT know much about ingredients in skin care – how else do we reach them and educate them?

Surely when working with anyone who has health challenges we ought to be conscious of what is good and what isn’t?  Or do we actually have a conscience or not?  Let’s talk briefly about 1,4-Dioxane.  This petroleum-derived contaminant is considered a “probable” human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a clear-cut animal carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program. It is also on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known or suspected by the state to cause cancer or birth defects. Because it is a contaminant produced during manufacturing, the FDA does not require it to be listed as an ingredient on product labels.

What really does the FDA do with regards to the safety of every consumer out there?

What are we as, clinical Oncology Estheticians really doing about this?

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