Ask the Experts: On Steering Clear of Harmful Chemicals

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—and while we can’t prevent all breast cancer, we can reduce our exposure to chemicals that are linked to the disease. As clean beauty advocates, we believe we can all play an active role in our own health by steering clear of toxic ingredients—and that includes making health-conscious adjustments to our everyday beauty routines.  

That’s why in addition to our in-house team of scientists, we surround ourselves with leading doctors, researchers, and organizations who help guide and inform us about ingredient safety as we strive to make the beauty industry a safer place. 

Read on for actionable advice from top researchers, members of our Science Advisory Council, and the President and CEO of the trusted non-profit, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP), an organization spreading the word about prevention. Their tips for avoiding hormone-disrupting chemicals highlight easy steps we can all take to live safer lives. 

Here’s some food for thought.  

“Hormone-disrupting chemicals negatively impact our health and economy through increased health-care costs. Avoid food packaging and to-go containers to reduce exposure to known toxic chemicals like PFAS.” 

—Dr. Leo Trasande, MD, MPP, NYU School of Medicine  
 

Support companies with a clean mission. 

“Use clean products and support companies that go above and beyond to research ingredients. Chemicals in our daily products can impact fertility.”  

—Dr. Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG, University of Washington in Seattle   
 

Choose quality, chemical- and fragrance-free products. 

“Go minimal and choose quality safe products without fragrances whenever possible. We are proud to partner with Beautycounter to advocate for stronger regulation and updated policies.”   

— Amanda Heier, President and CEO, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners  
  

Make the clean beauty swap, and check those labels. 

“Beauty products can be a critical source of reproductive harm and environmental injustice. Support companies that provide full ingredient transparency and develop healthy products for diverse communities.” 

—Ami Zota, ScD, MS, George Washington University 

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