Dangerous Ingredients in Common Cosmetic Medications

When you wake up in the morning and look at yourself in the mirror you inevitably see at least one “flaw” that you would like to fix. Although you know beauty is in the eye of the beholder—it doesn’t change the fact that everyone has physical attributes that they personally don’t like. Your concern may be the occasional pimple, a receding hairline, or a few extra laugh lines that weren’t there last week.

However, no matter what your concern, millions of others have the same displeasure. This is why pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars each year—selling acne medications, wrinkle removers, hair tonics, and a host of other cosmetic drugs. Unfortunately, since they’re part of a multi-billion dollar marketplace, cosmetic medications are constantly being tweeked, replicated, and “improved” at such a high turn around that many slip by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) without proper trials and testing. This oversight, regrettably puts you at risk.

So which cosmetic drugs are the most dangerous?

Types of Dangerous Cosmetic Drugs

Cosmetic drugs encompass a large section of pharmaceutical drugs. Basically, if the medication is meant to specifically improve the physical appearance of your body, it could be considered a cosmetic medication. Unfortunately, many cosmetic drugs have severe side effects that pharmaceutical companies choose to ignore because it’s more cost effective.

Selling billions of dollars’ worth of product, and only having to pay out the occasional million dollar settlement if someone chooses to pursue a claim, is a good way to make profits—not necessarily a good moral victory—but a financial victory all the same. Even if a product is recalled as a result of a lawsuit, they’ll most likely have used the profits from the defective drug to create a whole new cosmetic drug to do the exact same thing all over again, using the same types of harmful ingredients.

Ingredients such as:

  • Mercury – High levels can be poisonous.
  • Parabens – Preservatives that have been linked to causing cancer by the National Institute of Health.
  • 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors – Enzymes that convert hormones such as testosterone to the more potent and dangerous dihydrotestosterone.
  • Tar – High levels can be carcinogenic.
  • Formaldehyde – Is both a carcinogen and neurotoxin.

These ingredients have been found in many over-the-counter cosmetics such as shampoos, hair dyes, and even toothpastes, but are key ingredients and even the active ingredient in prescription medications for:

  • Acne medications such as Accutane, Amnesteen, Claravis and Sotret.
  • Hair regrowth treatments such as Proscar and Propecia.
  • Skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments.

Perfection Isn’t Worth Your Health

Social conventions, embarrassment, and low self-esteem can easily convince you that a few side effects are worth the cost of beauty—they aren’t! Poisoning yourself, or allowing a pharmaceutical company to take advantage of your insecurities and cause you harm—all for the sake of striving toward an unattainable perfection—is unacceptable. Cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies that are willing to put your health at risk are truly ugly. However, you have the opportunity to unmask them for what they are.

If you have been injured or have experienced side effects from a cosmetic drug, contact us today for a free consultation. Our experience and knowledge will help you gather the confidence and courage to pursue your claim, and we’ll help you expose the defective drug for what it is. Call now to get the peace of mind and justice you deserve.

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