Johnson and Johnson is well-known for their family products. They have recently faced lawsuits and public outrage over their baby products.
Moms go through a lot to protect their children during pregnancy. Once your children are born, you obsessively protect them from every threat under the sun.
But sometimes, by simply trusting the product labels meant to protect your family, you unknowingly put your child in the path of danger.
Johnson and Johnson’s Questionable Ingredients
Johnson and Johnson label many of their bath products as being “baby-safe”.
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However, their shampoos, soaps and lotions contain questionable ingredients detrimental to the health of babies and their parents.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental research organization, lists concerns over Johnson and Johnsons’s multiple additive exposure sources; skin, eye, and lung irritants; cytotoxic ingredients; endocrine disruptors; neurotoxins; and bioaccumulative carcinogens.
Two of the most concerning ingredients are Quaternium-15 and 1,4 dioxane.
Quaternium-15 releases formaldehyde, a well-known carcinogen that causes watery eyes; burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; wheezing; nausea; and skin irritation. Daily exposure is linked with leukemia and brain cancer.
Other formaldehyde-releasing chemicals used by Johnson & Johnson include DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and Diazolidinyl urea.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, inhaling 1,4 dioxane causes vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, while topical application may irritate the skin. It’s also a possible carcinogen.
To avoid this chemical, keep an eye out for ingredients like PEG-100 stearate, sodium laureth sulphate, sodium myreth sulphate, polyethylene and ceteareth-20, which produce 1,4 dioxane as a byproduct.