Candida Albicans and
Shampoo Additives

One of the indirect causes of Candida albicans overgrowth is harmful shampoo additives. These additives may leave your hair feeling silky smooth but they exact a toll on your health by weakening your immune system.

The additives with an x in the Possible Link to Cancer column are suspected of being linked to cancer. The additives with an x in the Other Health Problems are linked to a variety of health problems from allergies to serious health issues

The additives with an x in the Penetration Enhancer column make the other ingredients absorb into the skin more readily. This is not an issue with healthy ingredients but can cause more of the unhealthy ingredients to be absorbed rather than rinsed off. 

These harmful ingredients lower your immunity and make it harder to fight off the Candida. The more of them you can avoid, the quicker the treatment program that you choose will work. 

Harmful Shampoo Additives

  Possible Link to Cancer Other Health Problems Penetration Enhancer
Acetamide MEA x x  
Butylated Hydroxytoluene x    
Ceteareth x    
Coal Tar x    
Cocamide DEA x x  
Cocamide MEA x x  
Cocamidopropyl Betaine x x  
Diazolidinyl Urea x x  
Disodium EDTA     x
DMDM Hydantoin x x  
Ethylparaben   x  
Hydrochloric Acid x    
Ketoconazole   x  
Lauramide DEA x    
Laureth x    
Menthol     x
Methylparaben   x  
Myreth x    
Octoxynol-1 x x  
Oleth x    
Oxynol x    
PEG-150 Distearate x x  
PEG-55 x x  
Polyethylene x    
Polyethylene Glycol x    
Polyoxyethylene x    
Propylene Glycol Oleate x x  
Polyacrylic Acid x    
PolyQuaternium-10 x x  
PolyQuaternium-7 x x  
Propylene Glycol   x x
Propylparaben   x  
Quaternium-15 x x  
Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate x x x
Sodium Laureth Sulfate x   x
Tetrasodium EDTA     x
Tocopherol x x  

Unlisted Additives

Some harmful additives are not even listed on the label. That is because they were not added on purpose, they are contaminants created by the chemical reactions of manufacturing.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) comissioned a study that found many "natural" and "organic" shampoos, body washes, and lotions contain the carcinogenic contaminant 1,4-Dioxane.

1,4-Dioxane is listed as a chemical "known to the State of California to cause cancer". It is a byproduct of a process called Ethoxylation, which uses the cancer-causing chemical Ethylene Oxide to make harsh ingredients milder.

The California EPA also suspects 1,4-Dioxane of being a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant and a leading groundwater contaminant.

Harmful shampoo additives are not just found in conventional shampoos. Some of the leading organic and natural brands contain 1,4-Dioxane including:

  • Kiss My Face
  • JASON Pure Natural & Organics
  • Nature’s Gate Organics
  • Giovanni Organic Cosmetics

To avoid 1,4-dioxane, the OCA recommends reading ingredient labels and avoiding products with indications of ethoxylation.

Many of the harmful shampoo additives listed above are made by ethoxylation. Avoid them by avoiding products with these words in the ingredient names:

  • myreth
  • oleth
  • laureth
  • ceteareth
  • any ingredient ending with eth
  • PEG
  • polyethylene
  • polyethylene glycol
  • polyoxyethylene
  • oxynol

By avoiding these common harmful shampoo additives, you greatly improve you chances of success with your treatment program.

Recommended Brands

  • Herbal Choice Mari Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Gel and Hair Spray

    They offer scent-free products for fragrance sensitive people, including those allergic to naturally derived scents. Suitable for all hair types, fragrance sensitive people and for color treated hair and henna users. Their products are paraben and sulfate free with no preservatives or other chemicals that should not be added to your hair care products.

  • Nature's Baby Organics Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash

    A pure and natural line of personal care products.  Gentle enough for babies, yet beneficial for older children as well as mom and dad. Made with the highest quality botanicals, essential oils and moisturizers.

  • Nurture My Body Shampoo, Conditioner and Bar Soap

    Made from organic botanicals and essential oils, their products are certified vegan and have a 100% Money Back Guarantee. They are free of parabens, sulfates, oats and nuts for event the most sensitive people.

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If you are the type That needs a step by step checklist for treating your Candida overgrowth Including recommended brands and DOSAGES, you will be interested in the book "Candida albicans - The Hidden Disease"

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