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Is There Teflon in Your Cosmetic Products?

teflon in cosmetic products

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  • An Environmental Working Group (EWG) report sought to identify how many personal care products contain Teflon or other PFASs
  • Overall, 13 PFAS chemicals were found in close to 200 products spanning 28 brands, including makeup, sunscreen, shampoo and shaving cream
  • Teflon was the most common chemical found among its class, showing up in 66 products from 15 brands
  • If you’d like to choose personal care products without Teflon or similar chemicals, be sure to check the labels and avoid ingredients that contain “fluoro”

By Dr. Mercola

Teflon is perhaps best known for coating nonstick pans with a slippery surface, such that overeasy eggs slide off with just a flick of your wrist. Yet, this chemical is also found in other consumer goods, from stain-resistant and waterproof clothing to, as revealed by a recent Environmental Working Group (EWG) report, cosmetics and personal care products.


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