Are you aware of what your soap contains? Do you know what you’re washing your own hands with?
I didn’t – So as any curious naturesciencestudent, I looked it up. The most dangereous substance in my soap according to the EWG was the substance ‘Formaldehyde‘ that ‘DMDM Hydentoin’ releases to keep the product free from microorganisms.
The usage of this substance began long ago, while those mummies we see at the museums were still alive and walking (if the myths aren’t true, hope not). Or, more exactly when one died. Formaldehyde is an excellent preserver that replaces the blood in these bodies and makes them last for thousands of years, we still don’t know exactly how long.
Anyway, today the top usage is not mummification. Instead it is. EVERYWHERE. Yes! In your soap, in your walls (building materials), cosmetics, toothpaste, sunblock, maybe you’re even ‘cleaning’ you’re home with it! (I bet you are).
Now, Formaldehyde, CH2O CAN be found naturally in our own bodies in very small amounts. It is required for the synthesis of DNA and amino acids (building protein). But what happens when we get too much of it? When there comes synthetic versions of this substance into our bodies? Well, according to me, these; ….
“In 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen under conditions of unusually high or prolonged exposure (1). Since that time, some studies of humans have suggested that formaldehyde exposure is associated with certain types of cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies formaldehyde as a human carcinogen” (National Cancer Institute)
….are no positive facts, right? If anything it can cause disturbance to our DNA. And studies have shown how it damages DNA.
(…) Formaldehyde caused the formation of cross-links between DNA and proteins, caused single-strand breaks in DNA, and inhibited the resealing of single-strand breaks produced by ionizing radiation. (…) formaldehyde could exert its mutagenic and carcinogenic effects by both damaging DNA and inhibiting DNA repair. (RC Grafstrom, AJ Fornace Jr, H Autrup, JF Lechner, CC Harris, 1983)
Luckily, this substance is not common as a free component in soap. But, there are many so called ‘releasers’ of the substance. DMDM Hydantoin is one example. Other releasers are;
As you probably see – the information is ‘limited’ on many of these. So how can we be using these without even knowing all their side-effects? But, to the conclusion of this, what we can say after doing a little research is;
- DMDM Hydentoin (and other substances) which my soap contains, releases the substance Formalhydene
- Formaldehyde is a Carcinogen, studies have shown it’s impact on human DNA, (damaging and inhibitation)
- A lot of other things in today everyday life contain Formaldehyde releases, therefore also Formaldehyde
Sad, don’t you think?
Ah well, that would have been a hell of excuse for not washing my hands when I was little!