The Truth Behind The Common Cosmetics Ingredient, Dimethicone

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You may have seen it on the ingredient list of your shampoo, conditioner, cream, lotion, foundation, or makeup primer—dimethicone. What is this ingredient, and should you avoid it?

What is Dimethicone?

Dimethicone is what the chemists like to call a silicon-based polymer—”polymer” meaning it’s a large molecule made up of several smaller units bonded together. Simply put, it’s a silicon oil, man-made in the laboratory and used in personal care products as an anti-foaming agent, skin protectant, and skin and hair conditioner.

Manufacturers like it because it makes products easily spreadable, so you get that feeling of the lotion or cream gliding over your skin. Dimethicone also helps form a protective barrier on the skin, and can fill in the fine lines and wrinkles on the face, which is why it’s often used in makeup primers.

Is Dimethicone Safe?

The FDA has approved the use of dimethicone as a skin protectant ingredient in over-the-counter products, and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel has assessed it as safe to use in personal care products. Some studies have found it to soothe and help improve chronic hand dermatitis, and to help reduce inflammation and irritation. The Skin Deep Database also lists it has have a low hazard risk.

For me, though, this is not a good ingredient to be using in your daily skin care. Like petroleum products, silicone oils can actually make dry skin worse over time. Instead of sinking into your skin and nourishing it from the inside out, like healthy ingredients do, it forms a sort of plastic-like barrier on the outside of skin.

Why Dimethicone is Bad for Your Skin

That artificial coating on the outside of skin causes several issues:

  • It traps everything under it—including bacteria, sebum, and impurities—which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads
  • The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.
  • Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant
  • Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone
  • On top of all this, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical—bad for the environment

I also believe that using these types of ingredients on your skin can actually exacerbate skin aging. Why?

  • You’re inhibiting skin’s natural processes
  • You’re creating a dependency on the coating product, disrupting the skin’s own hydrating processes, which in the end increases dryness, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable
  • The coating properties may increase breakouts, particularly if you’re susceptible to acne, which will lead to scars and older-looking skin
  • You’re doing nothing to boost the health and vitality of the skin, thus letting aging take its toll

Much better to use nourishing ingredients that help keep your skin hydrated naturally! (Speaking of, check out my new skin care line here!)

To avoid this ingredient, stay away from all dimethicone and similar ingredients like cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, and phenyl trimethicone.

What do you think of dimethicone?  Has it caused you to break out? Please share.

Sources:

Fowler JF Jr., “Efficacy of a skin-protective foam in the treatment of chronic hand dermatitis,” Am J Contact Derm 2000 Sep; 11(3):165-9.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11012005?dopt=Abstract

Dimethicone. Truth in Aging. January 1, 2006. http://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/dimethicone

Material Safety Data Sheet, Poly(dimethylsiloxane), May 14, 1999. http://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/95130.htm

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  • Your Inner Bliss

    Thanks for this article, natural skincare is something I am becoming increasingly aware about! The less you understand the ingredients list, the more chance you’re using something synthetic. Love your skin!

  • Phyllis

    I used a srub with Dimethicone and now I have an acne breakout that is refusing to go away-am distraught I dont know what to do- i have never had acne before and need advise on what I can use to clear away the acne.

  • AP

    I have to avoid all products with dimethicone in any form. If i do accidentally use it then I end up with a debilitating migraine, vomiting, slurred speech and blurred vision. The most recent time it happened, my husband was ready to take me to the emergency room. This happened because I bought some makeup that did not list all of the ingredients on the packaging. When I looked at the website later dimethicone was one of the “inactive” ingredients.

  • Daniel Gomez

    Are you eating these products?

  • Herb & Root

    Hi!
    Thanks for the awesome article. I linked to you in my blog:
    http://blog.herbandroot.com/2014/09/04/3-common-skincare-ingredients-that-cause-acne/

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Julia!
    Be Well Coach Laura

  • Allergic

    I was recently diagnosed with Allergic Contact Dermatitis. I have spent hours looking up ingredients on labels. Why is so many dangerous chemicals allowed in these products.

  • Anonymous

    Kind of hard to trust a doc who puts down a product and offers his own. Conflict of interest anyone?

  • Lucy

    Thank you for writing this article. What are your thoughts on using hair products with this in? I would ideally like to cut out all synthetics from my hair routine but the hair product I have is the only thing that detangles my hair at the moment (so Im going to stick with it for a while I think). I only use it on the ends of my hair (which doesnt really touch my skin) so I’m hoping this type of usage may be less ‘bad’. Thanks

  • Of all the things a Dr. can do to make money, I highly doubt one would pursue the extraordinarily expensive and risky route of launching a skincare line unless he/she had solid reason/logic to do so (unless he/she is already famous enough that his/her name itself would sell the product). His/her claims re: dimethicone and taking the time to explain why/how it interferes with the physiology of the skin makes me willing to give his/her products a shot.

  • Thank you for your expert weigh in on Dimethicone as a skincare ingredient. Personally, I have identified a link between skin congestion (breakouts) and using skincare and haircare that contains Dimethicone. The only exception has been using Elta mineral SPF’s with Dimethicone, and then using 3 step cleansing/exfoliating process to remove all traces from skin. Ironically, Dimethicone seems to be widely used in skin primers for acne/oily prone skin and most haircare. For all those suffering skin and scalp issues, I’ve had tremendous luck with John Masters Organics haircare – silicone free and great performance. It seems the Dimethicone issues are only experienced by some of us–perhaps those of us with preexisting keratin issues (keratosis pilaris, comedones, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis…)

  • The_Holy_Bible _Is_The_Way

    Its in McDonald’s french fries, so if you eat those nasty things, then yes, you are eating dimethicone!

  • Gob Bluth

    yumyum I EAT ALL THE SHAMPOOS

  • Lorenacha K’uychiy

    you absorb them through your skin. your skin is porous.

  • Daniel Gomez

    Not that porous. Dimethicone can’t cross the skin’s cell membrane because it’s too big. It literally sits on top of your skin. It’s like covering your body in plastic to prevent moisture from escaping your pores.

  • Ivona

    In the cold months, my hands get very dry, and the skin breaks and bleeds. I bought Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with dimethicone skin protectant. My hands started burning, itching, and swelling within seconds of putting lotion on them.

  • Ivona

    My skin felt softer but I also instantly felt burning sensation, it got itchy, and swelled.

  • Japa Kaur Khalsa
  • H.A

    The hundreds of testimonials all over the internet confirm why Dimethicone and all synthetic silicones are so damaging to the skin. They may feel ‘nice’ when tested on the skin (think of that Argan Oil hair product which is mostly silicones)!! however over time actually cause all sorts of problems including DRY hair and skin and sensitivites. Anyone who has used a skin or hair care product containing them can certainly vouch for this. I think the only people giving them credit are the ones that use them in their products. People like Paulas Skincare.

  • Amanda

    #1 Dimethicone is NOT a dangerous chemical!!! As a cosmetic chemist and formulator of many skin care brands, I use BOTH dimethicone and other silicone blends along with natural oils and esters.A good formulator knows how to balance. A bunch of natural oils isn’t good for your skin. I could name a list of “natural” oils that cause breakouts AND allergic reactions. Its never good to use ONLY silicone or ONLY natural oil, but a proper balance of each.

  • Audacious

    I have had chronic itching and hives since I was 10 years old, so for 40 years now. NOTHING that was prescribed helped in the least. Zyrtec did get rid of the aquagenic hives but did nothing for the other hives or the random itching that would happen over large portions of my body……. like from the waist down. Antihistamines didn’t work, cortizone creams didn’t work, oral prednisone didn’t work….. The itching is so intense that it often keeps me from sleeping or wakes me up at 2am. The only thing that makes it go away is cold. VERY cold. Ice packs, but it takes awhile to apply an ice pack to half of your body so I resort to showers as cold as I can get them and in Wisconsin in the winter that is pretty fucking cold. And 2am ice showers suck….. but not worse than writhing in bed unable to sleep all night. So 2 weeks ago I’m at the Walgreens with my daughter and I’m looking at the lotions yet again, even though the recently purchased Gold Bond Medicated for itchy skin didn’t do shit…. I start looking at the Aveeno Naturals….. Lots of oatmeal, few chemicals I can’t pronounce, but it does have dimethicone which I know nothing about….. I buy a bottle assuming it will join all the others in the lotion graveyard…. That night I applied to my body. Then I went to bed. Then I woke up at 9am the next morning. Maybe it was a fluke….. so again that night I applied it all over and went to bed, and again I slept all night. As I have every single night for the last 2 weeks. I am a person who is extremely sensitive to chemicals, I am very careful with my diet…. just last week I learned that I am sensitive to Stevia…. I had hoped for a sweetener that I could use but no luck….. But if this dimethicone has anything to do with controlling the itch that has been uncontrolled for 40 years, I will fall to my knees and profusely thank whoever decided to put it in lotion.

  • Kip

    Repesctfully, how do you keep the products completely off your body when rinsing from your hair?
    Not safe.

  • boop

    Because they are not dangerous drama-mama, it says so right up there.

  • Mr. America

    Much better to use nourishing ingredients that help keep your skin hydrated naturally! (Speaking of, check out my new skin care line here!)

  • Mr. America

    Of course, the article writer has her/his own products for skin care!! How convenient. lol.

  • mindykatz

    avon has this in most of their products unfortunately. i got some and decided to lok up the ingredients.. wont be buying it again..

  • Gary Delavergne

    Try spaying unpasturized apple cider vinger on the affected area

  • Joe

    Perhaps a better use of dimethocone is as an emollient in the creation of Kinetic Sand. No adverse cosmetic effects there!

  • 2007 Brittney

    LOLZ!!

  • KatieTC

    I have used a new make up that contains dimethicone for the past 12 months. After suffering with acne for 14 years my skin is now (ATLAST) as flawless as when I was born! The reason is my skin can breathe, the make up is non-comedegenic so it’s not clogging or blocking my skin. So, sorry, but I have to disagree.

  • Ebony

    If its in skin and makeup products like lip balm and lipstick, it can be ingested.

  • William Miller 29

    Amen

  • Breezy

    That’s the same thing that happened to me! The itching and redness was awful!

  • Andrew Hicks

    You can find hundreds of people with negative reactions to almost anything. Additionally, cosmetics with dimethicone are usually loaded with other chemicals, both natural and synthetic, so it can be hard to be know just what is causing the problem.

    One example is the number of people who have allergic reactions to vitamin E. Very few, if any, people are actually allergic to vitamin E which is essential to health, however many people are allergic to wheat or soy which are common sources of natural vitamin E, and these soy or wheat allergens are contaminants in vitamin E made from wheat or soy. In this case synthetic vitamin E, whilst not normally as good as natural E is actually better simply because it doesn’t contain the allergenic contaminants.

    As you can see from Audacious’ earlier post, there are some people who get a lot of relief from products containing Dimethicone. Is the Dimethicone the “miracle ingredient”? Not enough data, however it certainly doesn’t seem to be making them any worse.

    As for this article, I find many of it’s arguments somewhat spurious. E.g. “The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.” – 1) if dimethicone really blocked sweating heavy sweaters would develop blisters of sweat under the dimethicone – haven’t heard of that happening, 2) OK, in theory any oily coating could block sweat from evaporating for temperature regulation, but again I haven’t heard of that happening, 3) Most sloughing of skin cells nowadays is facilitated by washing or clothes – dimethicone won’t make much difference here. Prior to modern hygiene, and in really cold climates, people would go for a week without washing and build up a natural oily coating. About the only coating I’ve ever heard of preventing skin from sloughing is a cast (for broken bones etc.).

  • Cindi Conners
  • Veronika

    I also get migraines if I use dimethicone (and other silicones) on my face or scalp. The coating it leaves behind makes my head overheat, which triggers a migraine. I know it sounds funny and highly unlikely to most people, but I’d rather avoid silicones and be mocked than use them and suffer.

  • sam

    If the skin is water porous then people will die from salt poisoning when they swimming in the ocean or bathing in dirty water.
    This is a bullshit doctor behind this site. I like to see evidence of medical training. Most likely the fiction Dr Frank Lipman is lying psychopath who doesn’t exist any one who believe her/him to their detriment.
    Dimethicone is easily washed out of your skin, it actual rubs off (Viscous nature of large polymar) , most people that use these products do shower daily and there for remove these large polymers. sunscreen is zinc bi polymers which can protect you from skin cancer.
    There has been more then 100 studies showing no absorption of Dimethicone through skin contact.
    The FDA do their job and regulate well, using non FDA approved product is dangerous.
    A doctor advising otherwise is lying Dr for financial angle or gain.

  • I think it is wise to avoid all synthetic ingredients. If you would not eat it, do not apply to skin. Thanks for the info.

  • PuppyShark

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  • SB

    The same thing has been happening with my skin. Can you please tell me what did you do? Like what was the problem and how it got better?

  • SB

    The same thing has been happening with my skin. Can you please tell me what did you do? Like what was the problem and how it got better?

  • Stephanie

    If you put on a good moisturizer, then a product with dimethicone, won’t that help to keep the moisture in? It’s not like I’m using the dimethicone product AS my moisturizer…

  • Stephanie

    If you put on a good moisturizer, then a product with dimethicone, won’t that help to keep the moisture in? It’s not like I’m using the dimethicone product AS my moisturizer…

  • Stephanie

    If you put on a good moisturizer, then a product with dimethicone, won’t that help to keep the moisture in? It’s not like I’m using the dimethicone product AS my moisturizer…

  • Stephanie

    If you put on a good moisturizer, then a product with dimethicone, won’t that help to keep the moisture in? It’s not like I’m using the dimethicone product AS my moisturizer…

  • Stephanie

    If you put on a good moisturizer, then a product with dimethicone, won’t that help to keep the moisture in? It’s not like I’m using the dimethicone product AS my moisturizer…

  • Dominique Storni

    Sure wish the author would have offered alternative and safe replacements for dimethicone.

  • ce bee

    It might be that a form of it is in the oil of the fries (and chicken nuggets too)

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:JjeELXiLfkUJ:www.fooducate.com/product/McDonald%2520s%2520Large%2520French%2520Fries/F12BD488-E6CF-11E1-83D2-1231381BA074+&cd=12&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    Contains dimethylpolysiloxane

    Dimethylpolysiloxane is
    an anti-foaming agent used in oil when frying. It’s a type of silicon
    and is found in many non-food items, like Silly Putty and cosmetics.
    But is it safe to eat?

    According to the FDA, the World Health Organization and other
    researchers, this chemical is perfectly safe to eat.

    According to FDA regulations, formaldehyde (a carcinogen) may be used
    “as a preservative in defoaming agents containing dimethylpolysiloxane”

    However, when choosing chicken patties and other pre-fried foods, choose
    those without added chemicals. Even better, swap pre-fried foods (like
    chicken patties) for non-fried versions (grilled chicken breast). You
    can have all the convenience, without the chemicals or added fat from
    frying.

    —-
    Sources:

    Łukasiak J, Falkiewicz B. A mistake in the JECFA recommendations on
    polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Food Addit Contam. 2000;17(11):945-6.

    Nair B; Cosmetic Ingredients Review Expert Panel. Final report on the
    safety assessment of stearoxy dimethicone, dimethicone, methicone, amino
    bispropyl dimethicone, aminopropyl dimethicone, amodimethicone,
    amodimethicone hydroxystearate, behenoxy dimethicone, C24-28 alkyl
    methicone, C30-45 alkyl methicone, C30-45 alkyl dimethicone, cetearyl
    methicone, cetyl dimethicone, dimethoxysilyl ethylenediaminopropyl
    dimethicone, hexyl methicone, hydroxypropyldimethicone, stearamidopropyl
    dimethicone, stearyl dimethicone, stearyl methicone, and
    vinyldimethicone. Int J Toxicol. 2003;22 Suppl 2:11-35.

    CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21
    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=173.340

  • Angel

    Doubt it, Gomez. Apparently the human body can absorb chemicals through the skin. Who would have believed?! Just like hormone creams: Topically.

    In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries women (and men) suffered lead poisoning as a result of the cosmetics in vogue at that time… Some even died.

    Wait! What was your point? Retard.

  • Professor K

    “If the skin is water porous then people will die from salt poisoning when they swimming in the ocean or bathing in dirty water.”

    Are you like…. seriously…?

  • Khadeeja Nicolle

    Just stop using anything with the ingredient all together. Use or make your own skin care by using Shea butter, coconut oil, rose hip oil, nut or avacado oils and essential oils for medicinal benefits & scent. You’d be way better off than buying commercially made skin care. I make all our products. Don’t trust the FDA!!! I buy most of the raw ingredients from Amazon or Whole Foods. Lots of recipes on http://www.wellnessmamma.com I create my own recipes but, go to her site for ideas & ingredient info. Best wishes. Hope your skin clears up.
    Sincerely,
    Nicolle
    [email protected]

  • parisfrance

    Nasty Dimethicone! Back to 100% natural(organic). Thank you for the (hard to find) explications. It confirms what i had noticed myself. Anytime i use a facial cream or body lotion with dimethicone, my skin feels smooth for the first few hours, then a burning and itchy dry feeling. awfull. Wonder if they use it so we’ll use more and more of their no-good creams…???

  • parisfrance

    A documentary(France) with a Mc D person speaking admitted adding silicone oïl in the natural oïl for using the oïl more times before changing for fresh.(not in EU/forbidden, in USA YES!) off course he said there’s no harm in eating their fr fries! bon appétit!

  • Linda Blair

    My dermatologist said olive oil with salt mixed in as a facial scrub.

  • Interesting! Thanks for sharing that Linda.

  • freejubilant

    Linda Blair the actress?

  • Read In Full

    Everybody has different types of skin. What works for one person may not work for the next.
    I have had very bad acne my whole life and have got many scares because of it. Nothing worked and I gave up hope. I tried home remedies, expensive care products, essential oils, and even Doctor prescribed medication. I cane across this stuff by E.L.F and the active ingredient in it is dimethicone, also listing meluceia, tea tree, and others. THIS product along with Nivea extra moisturizing lotion has cleared my skin up! I only get break outs when I get my period and just a couple (that only last a few days). Considering I would break out MASSIVELY during my period this said a lot. This combination works for me, but it may not work for you. E.L.F products are very cheap to buy and you would think it wouldn’t work, but it does. I also every once and a while get lazy and dont use it sometimes, but my face remains flawless and feeling great! I love it, and until I see otherwise I dont feel dimethicone is bad for your skin what-so-ever. This lady sounds like she picked on an active ingredient that lies in MANY cosmetic and facial products and bashed on it because it knocks out a lot of products being sold so that people will try hers because it may be one of few that dont have that ingredient. If you go look at hers though, she uses silicone dioxide and a couple alcohols in her products. Correct me if im wrong, but I dont want to put alcohol on my face, expecially if I were to have sensitive skin! OUCH!

  • aijiko

    Cyclomethicone is evaporative and does not stay on the skin. Lumping Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone together is tantamount to saying oil and alcohol are the same thing. This makes me question the validity of the entire article.

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    LOL……Check your water. You should not be drinking shampoo to wash your hair and you should not drink fluoride to brush your teeth.

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    The author states clearly……..

    “Much better to use nourishing ingredients that help keep your skin hydrated naturally! (Speaking of, check out my new skin care line here!)”

    To avoid this ingredient, stay away from all dimethicone and similar ingredients like cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, and phenyl trimethicone.
    Don’t use other products with all the same ingredients….buy hers!

  • BBB

    Absolutely, I have found that most products containing dimethicone cause me to break out if applied to my face or hair. I am 43 and figured out it was dimethicone that caused big problems a few years ago. I now always remember to check facial products, but sometime I slip up on hair products. Both hair conditioners and styling products with dimethicone cause big, ugly pimples on my neck. I actually recently bought a new Dove conditioner that sounded great for my frizzy, curly hair, but after a couple uses, I got the dreaded huge neck zit. Then I looked at ingredients, and yep. It was in there. I also bought a philosophy face moisturizer last year for acne prone skin. I saw there was dimethicone in it, but I thought the salysilic acid and other good ingredients in this expensive purchase would trump that ingredient. It didn’t, and I was out $40.

  • Meshuganut

    It’s interesting that you are saying this. We live in a world that is commerce driven. As wonderful as it would be for someone to take the time to research, cross-check, write an article and post it on a blog that first had to be created, possibly registered for a domain with a fee etc, it is unrealistic to expect that that person would be investing all that time and money for your benefit without a benefit to themselves. Yes of course, we live in time when advertising is crafted very carefully and marketers spend tons of money on learning what makes us do the things we do, blogging is just a part of the big evil corporate profiteering. But think about it, why couldn’t a small business owner use the same tactics?
    Instead of pointing a finger and disregarding all of the useful information you were just given, you choose to shoot it down. But have you noticed that the writer lists references to actual scientific research published in very respected publications?
    You don’t need to write an apology here, although it would be the polite thing to do. But please do your due diligence and read and educate yourself a little more before you let poison out into the universe. You may be seriously hurting someone with uneducated opinions.

  • Deanna Bennett

    Common sense will dictate chemicals bad earth friendly good don’t b rude about it ALLERGIC try 100per cent PURE cosmetics !!

  • Deanna Bennett

    Salt is used to tan hides scratches your delecate skin try suger instead

  • Deanna Bennett

    Don’t b so nasty !!!! Were supposed to help “angel”

  • Coffee Drinker

    You shouldn’t wear cloths too.

  • Pandora Spocks

    Great plug at the end there for your skin care line. $49 for 2 fl oz of moisturizers, that’s great, just great. Not that I’m saying your points about dimethicone aren’t true, I imagine they are, but seriously, that is highway robbery. Thanks. I’ll figure out another way to use nourishing ingredients that help keep my skin hydrated naturally without having to work 5 or more hours just to pay for it.

  • Pandora Spocks

    Yeah, I would agree if the were not so exorbitantly priced.

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    The FDA approved Aspartame and it’s a killer…might take a while but it will get you.

  • Lucy

    Hey, I have had migraines since 1992; it just occurred to me that I have been using Biolage products since that time as well – which all have dimethicone. My head gets so hot, i use ice packs to get relief. Did your headaches stop when you quit using dimethicone??? Please tell me soon.

  • Veronika

    Hi Lucy,

    Unfortunately my headaches didn’t stop completely, and my head still gets hot when I have a migraine (I use ice packs too). However, changing my beauty routine did reduce the frequency of my migraines. I avoid silicones and sulfates, as well as anything scented (essential oils included), as all of them appear to be triggers for me.

  • LeeBoe

    The responder is more than likely the author of this article.

  • LeeBoe

    Are you hoping to get out of this world alive?

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    I believe it is appointed unto all men to die….unless Jesus comes back for us during our lifetime. But, I know what you’re saying. My answer to you is the same as to some others who don’t care what they put into their bodies. Aspartame IS a killer….but so is real sugar…it’s in everything now. It’s a very, very, chemical world, and artificial sweeteners are packed–and processed food–and even food from the ground is treated with chemicals…then you brush your teeth with them, wash your body and your hair and your dishes with them. Women rub them into their skin, lips, eyes, as makeup

    My thinking is that I don’t know when my time on earth will be up, but I would like to be as healthy as possible while I’m here. If I had an accident and ended up cripple and in a wheel chair that’s one thing, but if I make myself sickly with overloads of chemicals and have a choice not to do that–then that’s another thing.

    I know lots of people who adopt the attitude that ‘you only live once’ so do whatever, eat whatever, and let whatever happen to your body, but every one of those people are weak people. It’s easier for them to say they don’t want to quit smoking or that they REALLY enjoy smoking, easier to say those things than to quit. People who are overweight just say they know they need to lose…but they usually don’t—but if they were to control themselves when they notice they have gained weight, they wouldn’t get obese…….”Many people believe that getting cancer is purely down to genes, fate or bad luck. But through scientific research, we know that our risk actually depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and aspects of our lives, many of which we can control.”
    Read more at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/can-cancer-be-prevented#1LY12j55QPAdRYJH.99