BHA and BHT in Cosmetics: A 'No' for Heal Yes!

BHA and BHT: what acronyms are these?! BHA stands for butylated hydroxyanisole, while BHT stands for butylated hydroxytoluene. These tongue-twisting compounds are primarily used as antioxidants to prevent spoilage and extend the shelf life of many products.

BHA and BHT help preserve oils, fats, and other products containing fats. These compounds are also used in the processing and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, rubber and petroleum products, and, as you probably guessed, cosmetics.

On the plus side, BHA and BHT can be highly effective in preventing rancidity in many products; this helps reduce food waste and ensures that cosmetics and pharmaceuticals maintain their desired qualities for a more extended period. However, like any ingredient, there are considerations to keep in mind. One of the main concerns surrounding BHA and BHT is their potential health effects. Some studies allege that these compounds have carcinogenic properties, meaning they could potentially correlate to the development of cancer. Additionally, some individuals may experience allergies or sensitivities to BHA and BHT, leading to skin irritation or more adverse reactions.

When used in cosmetic products, BHA and BHT can serve as preservatives. This can be quite handy in prolonging formulas' lifespans and helping you from needing to replace cosmetics too frequently. However, if you have sensitive skin, these additives could potentially trigger irritation or allergic reactions, and if you're health-savvy as many Heal Yes! supporters are, the red flags surrounding these ingredients are likely enough to send you running. So, it's always a good idea to check the ingredient list and patch-test.

Many companies are now utilizing natural antioxidants like vitamin E (tocopherol) or oregano or rosemary extract, which can be effective replacements for BHA and BHT. While they bring benefits, it's essential to be mindful of potential health concerns and sensitivities with these two ingredients. In the realm of natural-based cosmetics, alternative nature-given antioxidants are much more preferred and what we at Heal Yes! entrust.