MSG in Your Personal Care Products
by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Important! Read this before you buy any cosmetics or personal care
products that contain protein or amino acids!
MSG may be hidden in your cosmetics and personal
care products. If you know you’re sensitive to MSG, you may
be avoiding it in your food but still noticing MSG-type reactions and
not know where they’re coming from.
Do you ever get a headache or notice other
unpleasant symptoms when you put on your makeup, shampoo your hair or
wash your face? Have you ever wondered why? Or do you just shrug it off
and pop a pill to mask the symptoms? Maybe you just grin and bear it
and don’t give any thought to the fact that there might be a
relationship between the product you’re using and the
symptoms you’re feeling.
If you try to avoid MSG in your food, just because
you believe it’s harmful, you may be surprised to know that
MSG is found in more than food. It can be found in your cosmetics and
personal care products, like makeup, soap, shampoo and conditioner. You
may also be getting a dose of MSG in your daily vitamin supplements.
Over-the-counter and prescription medications may also contain it, as
well as vaccines that are given to your children.
MSG sensitivity is commonly referred to as Chinese
Restaurant Syndrome because it's frequently used in Chinese foods and
many people experience symptoms like headaches, dizziness and sweating
after eating Chinese food.
MSG is short for monosodium glutamate. It also
applies to processed free glutamic acid, which is glutamic acid that
has been freed from protein through a manufacturing process or
fermentation. MSG is a neurotoxin. It crosses the blood-brain barrier
and the placental barrier and excites nerve cells to death. If
you’re pregnant, it may even affect your unborn baby.
Even if you’re not sensitive to MSG,
these are good reasons to avoid it.
How do you know if MSG is in the products you use?
First of all, you have to read the label. Not just
the front of the label that tells you what the manufacturer wants you
to believe about the product, but the ingredients list on the back of
the label. You know, that tiny print that’s often so small
and in a color that blends in with the label that it’s almost
impossible to read. The more difficult it is to read, the more
important it is for you to read it. Carry a magnifying glass with you
and make sure you read every label of every product ... BEFORE you buy.
Dying To Look Good is a book that will help you read labels and choose
Look out for these ingredients that are hidden
sources of MSG:
- hydrolyzed proteins
- amino acids
- yeast extract
- nayad (potent yeast extract)
- glutamic acid
MSG may also be in or be the result of:
- processed proteins
These are the hidden sources of MSG that are most
likely to be found in cosmetics and personal care products. There are
many more ingredients that are hidden sources or potential hidden
sources of MSG. You can find more information on MSG at
MSG is not the only ingredient that you need to
watch out for in your skin care products. There are many harmful
ingredients in the cosmetics and personal care products on the market
today. Some are even known to cause cancer. Make sure that the products
you use on your skin contain safe and healthy ingredients because what
you put on your skin can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream and
affect your health.
© 2007 Christine H. Farlow, D.C., "The
Ingredients Investigator" and author of DYING TO LOOK GOOD. Dr. Farlow
has been researching ingredient safety since 1991. Learn more about the
safety of ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products and find
healthy products at