Posted by: sakalaradiance | December 23, 2008

Estrogens (Not to be confused with Phytoestrogens) in Skincare Show Link to Breast Cancer



Alarming reports surface from the Environmental Working Group about estrogens in some high end skincare creams. These reports are causing a stir in the skincare industry and confusing the consumer. Where does the confusion lie? Well estrogens and phyto-estrogens are two very different things. Estrogens occur naturally in our bodies but synthetic estrogens have shown in many studies over many years to have a direct link to carcinogenic actions in the body.  Fox News Channel reported on the issue, with the headline “Estrogens applied to the skin shown to have a link tobreast cancer.”

However, phytoestrogens, which occur naturally in botanicals and have not been shown to have this same harmful link are getting confused by consumers for their notirous cousin.   “Evidence is accruing that phytoestrogens may have protective action against diverse health disorders such as prostate, breast, bowel, and other cancers, cardiovascular disease, brain function disorders, menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis” Adlercreutz H (June 2002). “Phyto-oestrogens and cancer“. Lancet Oncol. 3 (6): 364–73. PMID 12107024. At DoshaCare we want to be as transparent as possible and educate the consumer. The organic craze, while very good for the environment and all who inhabit it, has led to much misleading information by marketers trying to capitalize on the well meaning intentions of consumers. DoshaCare products do contain botanicals, such as Wild Yam, that have phytoestrogens in them, and are very good for the skin, and in no way linked to the cancer causing estrogens.


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