Titanium Dioxide - Hold Your Breath, It's Carcinogenic
There is an ongoing discussion in the scientific community about the latest regulation on titanium dioxide.
It's being classified as a carcinogen.
Hold Your BreathNow, before you get all panicky, please note that titanium dioxide is not classified as a carcinogen when applied, but when it is INHALED.
Although it's not nearly as common to inhale titanium dioxide as it is to apply it (which we do in makeup, lotions, soaps, bath milks etc), this new classification does raise pertinent questions and concerns for formulators.
Example: As convenient as spray-on sunscreen may be, it may very soon become a thing of the past.
So unless you are accustomed to snorting your eyeshadow and foundation powder, this new classification is more a concern for producers and manufacturers. They may have need of additional filters and processes when handling the material.
You: Gee, Lise, it sure sounds like you are trying to downplay this. Science says it's a CARCINOGEN!
Yes. I know.
So are many things we are exposed to. There are carcinogens people enjoy on a daily basis such as red meat, alcoholic drinks, etc.
Anyone who smokes is well aware they are engaging in a health hazardous activity every time they light up.
My purpose in bringing you this particular bit of information about titanium dioxide (t-dioxide) is to give you some information.
Let me repeat that.
You know, stuff based on fact.
If we have information, we are equipped to make decisions based on knowledge instead of acting from misinformation and fear.
(I have a thing about that).
T-Dioxide in CosmeticsDespite the latest classification of T-dioxide, I have no plans of discontinuing using it in my own make-up and cosmetics. My exposure is minimal and I don't snort my make-up. In short, I'm still cool with t-dioxide in my eyeshadows, foundation, etc.
Whether you choose to use t-dioxide in your own products or not is entirely up to you.
I'm just passing on information.
Do TellDo you use T-Dioxide in your cosmetics?
More About T-Dioxide and Carcinogens17 carcinogens you probably eat every day (Huffington Post)
Cancer and diesel exhaust cancer.org
Occupational cancer (CCOHS)
Carcinogenicity of inhaled nanoparticles (pubMed)
The latest report
Titanium Dioxide: Pure as the driven snow? (this blog)
Is Titanium Dioxide Safe? (Colins Beauty Pages)
Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Food and Cosmetics (ascpub)
Titanium Dioxide (wikipedia)