Are There Really Chemicals That Lower Testosterone In My Moisturiser?
Sadly the answer is yes, most moisturiser brands contain several chemicals that can lower testosterone production. We are going to look at what these chemicals are, how else they can negatively impact the body and the types of moisturise brands that don’t contain these chemicals that lower testosterone production, so you can still moisturise without risking your T levels and wider health.
If you’re on my site, I imagine increasing your testosterone levels is something that you are aiming to achieve and that you are probably aware of the benefits of having healthy T and the issues of suffering from low testosterone. Just in case you aren’t or want a quick reminder check out these articles on Testosterone And Health.
What Moisturiser Products/ Brands Contain Chemicals That Lower Testosterone?
As I said at the beginning of this article, the answer is that the majority of commercially available moisturiser products and brands are manufactured with these chemicals that lower testosterone. Moisturiser isn’t alone, most skin care and body hygiene products (shower gels, face wash, shampoo etc.) actually contain these chemicals that lower testosterone and can cause wider health issues. You can gain a greater idea of the types of products that contain these chemicals you find out more in the below article.
The Toxic & Chemicals That lower Testosterone Found In Moisturiser
The chemicals listed below are some of the toxic chemicals that can potentially be found in moisturiser. They don’t not all lower testosterone; but they are all toxic and can cause potential health issues, so thought it was worth noting all the toxic chemicals so you know the other chemicals to avoid and not just the ones that lower T.
- SLS/ Sulfates
- Sunscreen Chemicals (Methylisothiazolinone, benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate)
- DEA/ TEA
- Polyethylene Glycol
As stated above, these are just some of the toxic chemicals found in moisturisers and it will differ from brand to brand, the scary thing is that most brands contain a lot of these chemicals. I’ll be covering the chemicals that lower testosterone in greater detail and how they negatively impact both T and your wider health below.
Parabens are used in a broad range of skin and cosmetics products, if you’ve seen any of my other articles on chemicals that lower testosterone, you may have noticed it is regularly mentioned. It is added as a preservative, the issue with parabens when it comes to testosterone production is on two levels. Parabens mimic estrogen in the body and are an endocrine disruptor.
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that ruin hormone balance; and stop your body producing hormones efficiently, this often means reduced testosterone production. When you consider that and the fact it mimics estrogen, you can see why parabens are clearly one of the major chemicals that lower testosterone production.
On top of lowering testosterone and causing hormone issues, methyl parabens have been linked with developmental, metabolic & neurological disorders. Parabens are potentially a threat to your health as a whole!
Pronounced as thal-ates, these are another chemical that are an endocrine disruptor, they destroy testicular cells, decrease sperm count and causing thyroid irregularities, further negatively impacting testosterone production and negatively impacting the male reporductive system. Due to the endocrine disruption, destruction of testicular cells and causing thyroid irregularities (they send signals to the testes to produce testosterone), it is one of the most prolific chemicals that lowers testosterone production.
The biggest problem with phthalates is that you aren’t normally directly listed on products ingredients list! The main thing to look out for is synthetic fragrance (I will be covering fragrance in greater detail later). Manufacturers don’t have to reveal what their fragrance is made from and this is how chemicals that lower testosterone like phthalates make their way in to these products under the radar.
Alcohols such as isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, methanol and alcohol denat are often added to creams to make them to make feel lighter, they also help other ingredients to penetrate your skin. Ideally you don’t want alcohol in your system whenever possible, where it causes a real issue from a testosterone perspective is, that it helps other ingredients to penetrate your skin. This is an issue due to the other toxic chemicals being able to further penetrate your skin.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (often listed as SLS) is an ingredient found in thousands of products and a broad range of different types of products. This includes cleaning, cosmetic, oral care, skin care, body cleaning and hair care products to name a few. So most peoples exposure to SLS is very high! SLS is actually the chemical that causes the “foaming effect” it is often listed on ingredient lists as sufate, so look out for that as well!
SLS is another toxic chemical and an endocrine disruptor; like alcohol it also makes your skin more permeable. SLS breaks down the skins moisture barrier, again this means the toxic chemicals and the chemicals that lower testosterone, permeate the skin far more easily and can cause damage! Exposing the skin to SLS is believed to make skin 100 times more permeable than it is naturally. The threat SLS poses, particularly when combined with other toxic chemicals is a serious one!
As alluded when covering phthalates, fragrance formulations are normally protected as “trade secret” and as such, the ingredients don’t have to be revealed. There are some frequently occurring fragrance ingredients used, one which we have already covered is phthalates. The others common occurrences which are a worry from T production, are synthetic musks like galaxolide and tonalide, these have been linked to endocrine disruption and are likely chemicals that lower testosterone.
It is now a common additional feature of moisturisers and creams that they have some form of UV protection. The issue is this is often achieved by chemicals added to the product. A common chemical added is Methylisothiazolinone, this chemical and similar to act as sun screens are also thought to be endocrine disruptors.
Safe Moisturiser Alternatives
As mentioned above, the majority of moisturiser brands contain these chemicals. I’m not suggesting replacing moisturisers altogether, what you want to do is look for a brands/ organisations that promote themselves as being organic and free of toxic chemicals. There are a couple of brands that I personally use and can recommend which are Bull Dog Skin Care For Men & Man Cave Products.
Both brands are free of toxic and chemicals that lower testosterone production, they both provide a broad range of products that are free of these toxic chemicals. You can find out more about both brands and the products that provide including moisturisers below, I will also soon be publishing an article looking at my top recommended testosterone boosting moisturiser brands, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.
Final Thoughts & Future Articles
I hope you have found this article on chemicals that lower testosterone in moisturisers useful. Hopefully you now have an understanding of what the chemicals that pose a threat to testosterone are, why they can lower testosterone and the types of moisturisers to opt for to avoid these chemicals.
As mentioned above, I will be creating an article reviewing my top recommended moisturisers that don’t contain these chemicals that lower testosterone. So again keep an eye out for that, in the meantime, you can check out my reviews of Bulldog Cosmetics & Mancave products and take a look at their moisturisers and wider product ranges. As always, if you have any questions with regards to this article, chemicals that lower testosterone or ways to boost testosterone production as a wole, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.