Bisphenol A and Skincare
As a company that develops, manufactures and markets evidence informed natural skincare products, we at Lowen’s hope to educate our audience on the pervasive chemicals that affect our daily lives. Today, we cover about Bisphenol A or 2,2-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl) propane or what is most commonly referred to as “BPA.”
Bisphenol A and Skincare – What is BPA?
BPA is an industrial chemical, used in plastics and resins production as a “hardening” agent. It is added to the chemical milieu to enhance the rigidity of what would otherwise be a soft plastic container.
Bisphenol A and Skincare – Why should you care about BPA?
In terms of its effects on humans, our bodies have trouble telling the difference between BPA and estrogen. This impact on our bodies classifies BPA a “hormone disruptor” in that, it can interact with the body’s estrogen receptors before eventually being rendered inactive by the liver and excreted 24 hours later.
According to a Mayo Clinic article by Brent A. Bauer, M.D, “Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behaviour and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure.”
Most often, BPA is introduced to our otherwise pristine bodies through what we consume. Today, BPA is most commonly found lining the inside of tin cans. Water bottles used to be full of the stuff and was released when the contents were hot and/or the integrity of the container was weakened (scratched, cracked, etc.). Thankfully, there are more BPA-free plastic containers available, in addition to alternatives like glass or metal containers, provided that they are not coated with BPA containing plastic. Furthermore, Canada’s Consumer Products Safety Act makes it “illegal to manufacture, import, advertise, or sell polycarbonate baby bottles that contain BPA” and at Lowen’s, we welcome this kind of government intervention.
Despite this regulation and some consumer driven industry changes (movement from plastic reusable plastic bottles to steel), and Health Canada’s 2007 declaration of BPA as a hazard, this nasty chemical is still extremely prevalent. In a study conducted in 2014-15 in Canada, of the 5,700 subjects tested, 90% had BPA in their blood.
In another study that same year, register receipts or more specifically thermal paper printouts were found to be a significant source of BPA exposure as thermal printouts are coated with BPA as a print developer. In this investigation, the University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers revealed that those who handled thermal receipt paper immediately after using solvent-based hand sanitizer had an accelerated rate of BPA absorption through their skin – up to an astonishing 100-fold increase.
Bisphenol A and Skincare – How does this all relate to Lowen’s?
After reading this study, Lowen’s is cautioning that you refrain from handling termal printouts (i.e. receipts) after using our moisturizers (Rub it in Why Don’t Ya!, Butter Balm, Super Salve, TOC, etc.) – at least until your skin is fully dry/the product has fully absorbed. For instance, don’t go and have a bath, slather yourself in Rub it in Why Don’t Ya! and then proceed to review your last year’s purchase receipts for your taxes.
Anyhow, while our products are not expected to increase the BPA absorption to the same extent as the hand sanitizer investigation, our products are designed to penetrate the skin (this is why they work so well) so we want to increase your awareness.
This study was brought to our attention by Meadow Shadowhawk — an author based in Portland, OR, iwo is in the process of writing a book detailing potential environmentally-toxic everyday household items and providing safe alternatives to them.
Her work was inspired by a similar project Meadow took upon to aid recovering cancer patients live in a toxin-free home. It is likely due out by 2020, and we are excited to announce that some of Lowen’s products will be featured.
To your health,