BPA or Bisphenol A, is a synthetic chemical compound used in the production of certain plastics and resins. It has been widely used in consumer products including packaging, but concerns have been raised about its potential health risks, particularly related to endocrine disruption. Because of these concerns, many countries and regions have restricted or banned the use of BPA in products that come into contact with food, beverages and skincare. Research around the health effects of BPA is ongoing, but some choose to use BPA-free products and reduce consumption of foods, beverages and skincare packaged in materials containing BPA to reduce potential exposure.
BPA, also known as Bisphenol A, is not commonly listed in the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) because it's not a typical ingredient used in cosmetic or skincare products.
BPA is a synthetic chemical compound used in the production of certain plastics and resins
BPA is not applied to skin and is more commonly associated with health concerns related to skincare product contact with packaging materials that contain BPA.
Potential Hormone Disruption
BPA is known as an endocrine-disrupting chemical, which means it can interfere with the body's hormone system. BPA can mimic estrogen, a natural hormone and disrupt the endocrine system's normal functions. This can potentially lead to a range of health issues, including reproductive problems, developmental issues in fetuses and children and hormonal imbalances.
Contains Reproductive and Developmental Effects
Research suggests that BPA exposure, particularly during pregnancy, may be linked to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes, such as reduced fertility, birth defects and behavioral problems in children.
Potential Cancer Risk
Some studies have suggested a possible link between BPA exposure and an increased risk of certain cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer. But, more research is needed to establish a definitive causal relationship.
Potential Cardiovascular Effects
There is emerging evidence that BPA exposure may be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems, such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart disease.
Potential Neurological and Behavioral Disorders
Animal studies have indicated that BPA exposure may affect the brain and behavior, potentially leading to issues like hyperactivity and cognitive impairments. While the relevance to humans is still under investigation, it raises concerns.
BPA can leak from products into the environment to contaminate water and soil. It’s considered a pollutant and can harm aquatic ecosystems.