TRUE BEAUTY EXPERT DAVID POLLOCK SHARES A PUBLIC WARNING REGARDING “PINK-WASHING” PRACTICES COMMON DURING NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (October 1, 2013)—As a service to consumers during National Breast Cancer Awareness month, True Beauty Expert David Pollock is releasing a warning regarding “pink-washing” practices common in the beauty industry. The term pink-washing refers to the sale of items that contain ingredients that are known carcinogens, while marketing these products in support of breast cancer awareness. While these companies generally do indeed practice fundraising according to their marketing statements, they may actually be contributing to the development of this disease with the product itself.
“Most skin care products actually do contain ingredients that are known carcinogens. Consumers can research this on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website,” said David Pollock. “Just to put things in perspective, in Europe 1,100 ingredients are regulated or banned from skin care products. In the U.S., only 11 ingredients are regulated in skin care. And up to 60 percent of these harmful ingredients used in skin care products can be absorbed into your body. My recommendation is that the American public should avoid purchasing products that contain known carcinogens, even if they have a pink ribbon. No one should feel that they cannot make a difference or have no voice. Recently, some big U.S.-based companies have made global decisions to improve their practices based on consumer demand.”
Below is a list of David Pollock’s top 10 ingredients to avoid in food and beauty products (from the report “Don’t Buy Any Skin Care, Until You Read This”):
- PARABENS—including Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzylparaben, Butylparaben
- PEG’s & GLYCOLS—including Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, etc.
- LAURYL/LAURETH SULFATES—including Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate,
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
- PETROCHEMICALS—including Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Light Liquid Paraffin, Petroleum Distillate, Mineral Jelly,
- SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE—a cocktail of potentially 100’s of chemicals
- SYNTHETIC DYES
- TRIEHTANOLAMINE—often listed as TEA
- TRICOLSAN—a popular anti-microbial agent for hand washes and sanitizers
- PHTHALATES—a plasticizers used to make a number of cosmetic ingredients often found in lipsticks, nail polishes,
fragrances and hair sprays
10. 1,4 DIOXANE—a contaminant formed as a byproduct during manufacturing of detergents, foaming agents,
emulsifiers and solvents – what’s worse is that it is NOT required to be listed on the ingredient statement, but can be found in ingredients listed as PEG, Polyehtylene, Polyethylene Glycol, Polyoxyethylene or anything ending with “-eth” or in “-oxynol”.
Additional information regarding David Pollock’s advice for “Safe Beauty” can be found in his book Just Stop the Lies: Secrets the Beauty Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know (available upon request). Pollock is available for interviews regarding cancer prevention during the month of October. Column submission opportunities also will be considered.
About David Pollock
David Pollock is a beauty innovation veteran with more than 20 years of experience formulating products for some of the most recognized names in the industry. He has been honored by Global Cosmetics in their roster of “20 To Know.” And he is a published author and an experienced radio guest speaker—reaching more than 16 million listeners and countless more via his regular contributions to online publications, such as Yahoo.com, Dr. Oz and Oprah’s ShareCare.com, DrLaura.com, Wellness.com, and his own “Beauty Inside Out—With David Pollock” on RadioMD and online publication JustAskDavid.com.