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Do your beauty products contain Teflon or PFAS chemicals?



A study conducted by the Environmental working Group found that the number of beauty and skincare products contains Teflon, the brand name of a chemical called polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE and/or other chemicals known as per - and polyfluorlkyl substances, known as PFAS chemicals.



What is the Chemical?


PFOA and its close chemical cousin PFOS were phased out under pressure from the EPA after revelations that secret internal company studies showed they cause cancer and birth defects in lab animals, buildup in people's bodies, and did not break down in the environment.




PFAS is Persistent 


PFAS chemicals pollute water, are persistent in the environment and remain in the body for years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fluorinated chemicals contaminate the bodies of nearly all Americans. 


Why is PFAS in our Beauty Products? 


PFAS chemical is an ingredient that repels water. Waterproof mascaras and eyeliners, for example, are common makeup items that may use PFAS chemicals. These chemicals through skin is not expected to be a significant route of exposure but these chemicals shouldn't be in cosmetics.



  • PFAS INGREDIENTS: 
  • PTFE (Teflon)
  • Perfluorononyl Dimethicone
  • Perfluorodecalin
  • C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate
  • Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate
  • Perfluorohexane 
  • Pentafluoropropane
  • Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluoroethyl Peg Phosphate
  • Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Peg-2 Phosphate
  • Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether
  • Perfluorononylethyl Carboxydecyl Peg-10 Dimethicone
  • Perfluorodimethylcyclohexane
  • Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene

The EWG searched a database that contained over 74,000 products and was able to identify 13 different PFAS chemicals in almost 200 products, including makeup, shampoo, and sunscreen, from 28 brands. Of those nearly 200 products, 66 products from 15 brands contained Teflon.
    Choose personal care products without "PTFE" or "FLUORO" ingredients. One simple way to identify these potentially harmful ingredients is to look at your product labels for the term “fluoro,” which may appear in a longer name, such as perfluorononyl dimethicone or perfluorodecalin.

    Below we share examples of products that have the chemicals in the ingredients:


    C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate
    Clinique Makeup
    Perfluorononyl Dimethicone
    Brow Master Gel
    Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether
    Beauty Pro Detoxifying bubbling cleansing mask
    Perfluorodecalinbliss triple oxygen day cream




    PFAS: Perfluorohexane, Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, Perfluorodecalin, Perfluorodimethylcyclohexane
    Ex-glow-sion moisture Cream


    PFAS: Methyl perfluoroisobutyl ether, Methyl perfluorobutyl ether
    Fabulips Foaming Lip Cleanser





    PTFE
    e.l.f. Cosmetics Bronzing Powder


    PTFE
    e.l.f. Cosmetics Finishing Powder




    PTFE
    e.l.f. Cosmetics Contouring Clay Eyeshadow


    PTFE
    Gillette Satin Care Ultra Sensitive women's Shave Gel
    Perfluorononyl Dimethicone
    Healing Strength, Neem plant silk serum

    PFAS: Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluoroethyl Peg Phosphate
    Smooth Finish Foundation Powder 

    PFAS: C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate
    Tightline Cake Eye Liner


    PTFE
    Extended play gigablack lash mascara
    PTFE
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