Allergies are crazy this year, living in south where we had practically no winter, spring has come early and brought along lots of hay fever, sniffles and itchy eyes. Everywhere I turn I see someone affected by the crazy high pollen count out there.
Thank goodness my allergies are so much better than they used to be and my chronic asthma is completely gone. I’m talking going from taking three different prescription medications and steroids during allergy season for most of my life to ZERO. I’ve been medicine free for the past 3 years and this all happened through lifestyle, diet and regular acupuncture. My body just didn’t wake up one day and say I think I’m going to stop wheezing and sneezing today. Nope. It took work. I decided to love my body and it thankfully started loving me back with good health.
So I was thinking about this today and it reminded me of something I discovered late last year….I have to share with you.
When I got back from my Asia last fall, I also brought back a slight cold…The lack of sleep and 2 days of straight travel back to the US definitely weakened my immune system. When I finally made it back to work, at my desk every now and then I would reach over for a Kleenex and wipe my nose. I did this every hour on the hour for a few days until my cold went away. My cold was gone in a short time, but it left me with a little present – a crazy big pimple on my nose!
Luckily, I’ve never had a problem with acne, so when this pimple appeared it was alarming to say the least. This may not be a big deal for some of you out there (and I’m sorry about that… I really am) but for me, it was a huge deal. I really never get pimples. Needless to say when this happened I thought long and hard about what I had been doing differently…Did I change my skin care routine? Was I stressed out? What did I eat? The answers did not provide any clues to what it could have been…and then one day I figured it out. It was staring right back at me on my desk at work with the words “With Lotion” written on the it.
So I did some digging and I found a list of ingredients for those Kleenex tissues I had been catching all my sniffles with the week before.
After researching the ingredients, I found out that “Isopropyl Palmitate” can clog pores . AH HA! Found it! Those dirty rascals! It turns out Isopropyl Palmitate is considered a natural product because it is chemically derived from the palm plant. So it is reasonable to assume that this would act like coconut oil, which is also taken from the palm plant and doesn’t clog pores. But then they add alcohol to the formal to make the chemical compound CH3(CH2)14COOCH(CH3)2. The problem with this is that when you start messing with nature and start extracting stuff and adding chemicals back in, this can cause all sorts of other unintended side effects from skin irritation to acne. Who would have ever known you can get acne from using a tissue! Sheesh!
This upset me to no end… because for goodness sakes how cautious do you have to be to avoid chemical derivatives like this!? Seriously!? And why in the world was I using those Kleenexes at work anyways? At home I don’t ever buy that brand, because I know they are bleached. When wood is treated with chlorine to whiten paper products, it forms dioxins. These are terrible toxic chemicals that have been proven to cause cancer and are leached into the air and water supply harming not just you, but the plants, animals and your environment.
I found out Puffs Plus isn’t any better either. They are most certainly treated with chemical bleach and there’s one ingredient to take note that is most likely genetically modified – Soybean Oil. I can’t stress enough how much we need to avoid being exposed to and consuming genetically modified ingredients – it’s near impossible to avoid GMO products these days without proper labeling, but once you find out something has been genetically modified, it’s time to make a choice and stop buying it.
My tissue box of choice at work (now) and at home is Seventh Generation. I buy them off Amazon, because they are cheaper for me that way and I can buy them in bulk so I don’t ever have to worry about being stuck with conventional brands offered at most stores. If you really want to take it the next step like this article from Grist suggests – you could eliminate the need for any tissue and go back old school by starting using a reusable hanky. Fortunately, if you don’t want to take it quite that far… you can use this handy pocket guide that helps you navigate the paper product brands that use recycled paper and environmentally safe processing practices. Take a look – your favorite brand of toilet paper might be on the list to AVOID.
Luckily my pimple eventually went away, and I haven’t used one of those dirty rascal lotion chemical covered tissues ever since. I’d love to know if you’ve ever thought about the paper products you buy for your household and the ones you use outside of your house… Have you ever gotten pimples all of a sudden and didn’t know why? Looking into the chemicals in your household products could help crack the code…
“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations…”
Voting with your dollars is important even when you buy tissues…I never thought what I blew my nose with would matter so much!
In Good Health Always,