“We are all exposed to a cocktail of carcinogens and endocrine disruptors every day that puts us at greater risk for breast cancer, and we need to prioritize and invest in identifying and preventing exposures. It may be the key to preventing many people from ever having to get the devastating diagnosis.”



Some beauty products contain carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals. Decrease your exposure by using fewer products with simpler ingredients.

Avoid “fragrance”

 “Fragrance” can contain dozens, even hundreds, of chemicals—including hormone disrupting phthalates. Avoid synthetic fragrance and opt for products that are fragrance-free or contain natural fragrances like essential oils.

Ingredients to avoid

 Avoid products with DMDM hydantoin and imidazolidinyl urea; parabens or any word ending in “-paraben”; “PEG” and words ending in “-eth”; triclosan and triclocarban; triethanolamine (TEA); hydroquinone and oxybenzone.

Products to avoid

 Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA or BHA acids.  Hair dyes, especially dark permanent dyes. Nail polish and removers with formaldehyde, DBP or toluene. Skin lighteners with hydroquinone.

Stay Away From These Offenders:


  • Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acids
  • Hair dyes, especially dark permanent dyes
  • Liquid hand soaps with triclosan/triclocarban
  • Nail polish and removers with formaldehyde, DBP or toluene (which can be contaminated with benzene)
  • Skin lighteners with hydroquinone
  • Heavily scented products
  • Moisturizers, ointments and skin creams with petrolatum (which can be contaminated with PAHs)
  • Fungicides, shaving creams, hair gels and hair coloring containing nonylphenol
  • Hairspray, gel, mousse or shaving cream that contains isobutane, a propellant that can be contaminated with 1,3-butadiene
  • Sunscreens with UV filters that mimic estrogen