What's on Your Face? Ten Most Toxic Cosmetics

By Courtney Dentch - 2011-12-02T19:43:15Z

Photograph by Evan Sung/Bloomberg; art direction by Brent Murray

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Noxious Mascara

Neutrogena Weightless Volume Wax Free Mascara

Mascara may seem a strange place to find fragrance ingredients, but they're often used in makeup to cover up harsh chemical odors. Fragrance can set off headaches, wheezing and asthma in a concoction of compounds. Disclosure of ingredients isn't required. This mascara also includes retinyl palmitate and parabens, which are used as preservatives and can mimic estrogen and interfere with the endocrine system.

Johnson and Johnson, which owns the Neutrogena brand, halted production in 2009, but it's still available at online retailers including Amazon.com.

All 69,000 listings on the Skin Deep database are reviewed every 18 months, or when companies provide updates directly. Altered or discontinued products remain on the list since women may still be using them, Malkan said.