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A blog for skin health, wellness, beauty and inspiration

Category Archives: "Breast Cancer"

Breast Cancer + Caregiving

Safe Skin Care Revolution Tour-Stop #1: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Side effects from cancer treatments can be extremely difficult to deal with. Aside from the expected hair loss and thinning eyelashes, patients can suffer from hand and foot syndrome, redness and burns, rashes, and embarrassing dryness and flaking. Cancer centers recommend products, but many of them are full of petroleum-based ingredients, carcinogens, hormone disruptors and

Breast Cancer + Skin, Lip and Body Care

Are Breast Tattoos Safe?

“Nipple Tattoos Help Breast Cancer Survivors Feel Like Women Again.” This was the headline of a July 2011 news article featuring The Beau Institute, which offers free nipple tattooing for breast cancer survivors. Is this a good idea? Is it safe? In May 2010, I published a post on the dangers of lead-based inks in

Breast Cancer + Skin, Lip and Body Care

Animal Testing of Cosmetic Ingredients to Stop in the EU-But Humans Remain Guinea Pigs

On February 5, 2013, New York Times columnist Mark Bittman wrote an article entitled “Cosmetics Wars.” I’d like to bring it to your attention for two reasons: 1. He notes that if all goes according to plan, next month the European Union will become “cruelty-free,” banning the sale of all cosmetic ingredients that were tested

Breast Cancer + Toxic Talk and Labels

Update on Parabens-Scientists Finding Them in Breast Tissue Again

I’ve posted about parabens before-those potentially harmful preservatives that are used in so many of our personal care products. These synthetic chemicals help keep products free of contamination, so they last longer. Parabens can act like estrogen in the body, however, and since estrogen is considered one of the primary influences on breast cancer, researchers

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