10.07.2018

Nach wie vor viele Produkte voll von hormonverändernden Chemikalien

Zusammenfassung Deutsch: Die Dänischer Verbraucherzentrale hat aktuell 54 Körperlotionen untersucht und in 8 Produkten schädliche Substanzen wie Parabene und weitere hormonverändernde Inhaltsstoffe gefunden.  Der größte Risikofaktor – dass Körperlotionen nicht wie Reinigungslotionen oder Shampoo nach Nutzung abgewaschen werden – sondern über viele Stunden durch die Haut in den Körper gelangen, bedeutet eine intensivere Aufnahme von EDC’S.

Menschen nehmen tagtäglich verschiedene Chemikalien über die Luft, Textilien, das Essen oder Kosmetik auf und deshalb ist es essentiell, beim Kauf von Kosmetika auf Produkte ohne hormonverändernde Substanzen zu achten. EDC’S/Xenohormone(hormoverändernde Substanzen) stehen in Verdacht den Hormonhaushalt zu verändern und Krankheiten und Stoffwechselkrankheiten, Übergewicht oder Fruchtbarkeitsprobleme hervorzurufen.

Beim Kauf von Körperlotionen kann man mit der Hilfe der Nestbau App alle möglchen Schadstoffe auf einen Blick erkennen.

A study by the Danish Consumer Council has found suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and allergens in body lotions.

The council checked ingredients listed on 54 body lotions and matched them against lists of problematic substances, including the EU’s endocrine disruptor priority list and NGO ChemSec’s Substitute It Now (SIN) list.

Researchers graded the products between A and C. They gave the lowest grade (C) to eight lotions that contained suspected EDCs. Of these, three also contained allergens.

The problematic substances identified were:

·       parabens – on the EU’s endocrine disruptor priority list;

·       butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) – on the ChemSec SIN list for endocrine disrupting properties;

·       cyclopentasiloxane – evaluated by the Danish Technical University as a suspected EDC;

·       hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde – allergenic substance;

·       dmdm hydantoin – allergenic substance; and

·       diazolidinyl urea – allergenic substance

The report says that, although these body lotions may not be harmful on their own, they contribute to the “cocktail effect” of overall exposure to unwanted chemicals.

Prolonged exposure

The report also warns that, as chemicals are absorbed through the skin, products which remain on the skin allow more exposure to chemicals than products that are rinsed off.

Claus Jørgensen, senior project manager at the Danish Consumer Council, told Chemical Watch: “Lotion stays on the body after application, and therefore unwanted chemicals stay on the body for longer periods of time, and there is a risk that the unwanted chemicals can enter the body contributing to the daily exposure of unwanted chemicals.”

Researchers rated 24 body lotions with an A grade because they were free of problematic chemicals.

A further 22 products were graded B because they contained perfume and some allergenic extracts, or substances that may be harmful to the environment.

Mr Jørgensen said the council has evaluated more than 800 body lotions on its consumer app Kemiluppen. This allows consumers to scan a product barcode and immediately find out whether or not the product contains problematic substances.

The council also provides the Tjek Kemien consumer app, which identifies substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in articles. This will be replaced by the EU-wide AskREACH app next year.