Formaldehyde in Sunsilk shampoo

Below is a forwarded e-mail from my brother-in-law, Buddy. It caught my attention because Sam uses Sunsilk shampoo.

Para sa buhok na parang nirebond….

Sa mga gumagamit ng Sunsilk shampoo basahin nyo ito…

ei guys… alam nyo ba yung shampoo and conditioner na SUNSILK SUMMER FRESH?.. One of the ingredients of it is the “Formaldehyde” which is commonly called “Formalin”

– Yes, yung ginagamit pang embalsamo ng dead people.. scary noh? (See for yourself if you doubt about it).. everytime na nag shampoo tayo ng may Formaldehyde ingredients, parang enembalsamo na rin natin ang ating mga sarili.

Actually, I already called the Unilever Customer Care and confirm to them that “Formaldehyde is actually the Formalin, and they said, “Yes, its Formalin, but they just put to the shampoo, a little amount so that it is still safe to the people…”.. Pero diba, kahit little amount lang yung nilalagay nila sa shampoo but if everyday tayo gumagamit, everyday din nadadagdagan ang amount na nilalagay natin sa ating ulo na Formalin.

I also searched to the internet “What is Formaldehyde?” and here are some definitions of it:

A chemical used in manufacturing and chemical industries, and as a preservative by anatomists, embalmers, and pathologists. Being exposed to formaldehyde may increase the risk of developing leukemia and brain cancer.

is a colorless, strong-smelling gas. It is widely used in household products, such as glue, wood products, permanent press fabrics, flooring, cabinets, and furniture.

Although not common as a primary ingredient, formaldehyde is present as a contaminant in many consumer household products. It is an extremely potent carcinogen and respiratory irritant and may appear as a preservative. Products containing this chemical should be considered unacceptable.

and a lot more… mag search na lang kayo if you need more information about Formaldehyde. :-)

Hindi lang naman SUMMER FRESH ng SUNSILK ang may ingredients na Formaldehyde, yung SUNSILK Repair din nila na shampoo meron din. Personally, alarming sya dahil Formalin is not really good for our health. Though maganda nga hair natin, but still.. in long run.. if we keep using shampoo / conditioner na may content na Formaldehyde, bka preserve na ang body natin even if we are still alive. What’s the use of the good looking hair, if our health is at risk..

This e-mail is not for making bad impression to Sunsilk shampoo/conditioner. I just want to share my opinion regarding this alarming discovery. It’s up to you if you would care to think / reflect about it or not.

I have nothing against the SUNSILK SHAMPOO, its just that.. so far, sa Sunsilk ko lang kasi nakita ang Formaldehyde na content.

I checked the bottle of Sunsilk shampoo in the bathroom and it is true — Formaldehyde is listed among the ingredients. I checked the bottle of Johnson’s Kids shampoo and there was NO Formaldehyde among the ingredients. I also checked the bottle of Body Shop’s Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Formaldehyde was NOT among the ingredients.

I checked Sam’s Palmolive Conditioner and NO INGREDIENTS WERE LISTED. What the f…k???

I did a little digging and found this tidbit from Wikipedia:

In the body, formaldehyde can cause proteins to irreversibly bind to DNA. Laboratory animals exposed to large doses of inhaled formaldehyde over their lifetimes have developed more cancers of the nose and throat than are usual, as have workers in particle-board sawmills.

What would constitute “large doses”?

The (U.S.) National Cancer Institute says that “Although the short-term health effects of formaldehyde exposure are well known, less is known about its potential long-term health effects. In 1980, laboratory studies showed that exposure to formaldehyde could cause nasal cancer in rats. This finding raised the question of whether formaldehyde exposure could also cause cancer in humans.”

I’d love to hear some medical opinion on the everyday use of shampoo with Formaldehyde in it.