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I read a disturbing piece today in google news about how Dr. Adrienne Olson (who happens to be a breast cancer survivor) found estrogen in at least six well-known moisturizing creams. These are cited as potential carcinogens for female cancers.

At Rutgers U in the summer of 2008, research with mice showed that four moisturizers promoted skin cancer. In that study, the ones used were Dermabase, Eucerin and Vanicream.

Dr. Olsen tested 16 non-prescription skin moisturizers in all price ranges and sent them to a lab to be studied. The estrogen hormones estradiol, estrone, and estriol were found in six of the products. What was striking was that they weren’t listed in the ingredient list.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly 30% increase in the risk of breast cancer was due to women taking combination HRT (hormone replacement therapy) pills.

Some experts say that when you apply estrogen directly to the skin it is worse than taking it orally due the absorption. Olsen believes that applying estrogen-laced skin lotion on a daily basis can be dangerous and possibly raise you risk to develop breast cancer.

Please look for natural products that don’t add hormones, preservatives and additives. Stop by Miracle II Skin Moisturizer to read more about a moisturizer without hormones or additives. In fact it is recommended you use the product within six months due to the absence of preservatives.

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Contact dermatitis, also known as allergic contact eczema can be as simple as an allergic reaction you are having to nickel. Nickel is actually in many things we don’t think about. Have you looked at the snap on your pants, jewelry you wear, items you use at work and even your cell phone? Yes , cell phones as well as ear attachments may contain nickel that you are having a skin rash reaction to.

There have been studies done in Euroupe that demonstrated a reduction in skin rashes and allergic reactions when nickel contact was less. In fact the Danish Ministry of Education recommended saw a 9 percent decrease in skin sensitivity when changes were made in manufacturing of this for eye glasses and earrings!

People are working to get this type of legislation in the United States via the
American Academy of Dermatology citing that the allergic reactions to nickel in US have nearly doubled.

Dr. Jacob says the increase in sensitization correlates with the increased practice of body piercing that evolved through the decade of the 1990s.

“Piercing is a significant exposure source and may lead to a person becoming sensitized to nickel. Costume-type jewelry, and even some gold jewelry, can contain nickel. With the piercings, people are actually wearing nickel inside their skin,” Dr. Jacob said in an inteview with Dermatology Times.

Though we can relieve the problem using cortisone creams and antihistamines to reduce the nickel reaction eczema rash, it makes more sense to avoid the allergen. It is a big part of teen culture however so this will be something probably resisted.

Nickel can also be in school chairs, vitamins and other sources you may not have thought about.

Atopic Dermatitis Rashes are more common than we know and often get blamed on anxiety when there can be irritants in the environment.

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