Last update Oct. 31, 2023
Slimming, draining, reducing or anti-cellulite cosmetic products are products with alleged slimming and anti-cellulite properties of the subcutaneous cellular tissue by local, direct application on the skin in the form of cream, gel, ointment, lotion or patch. Their advertising claims that they act by draining the adipose cells, preventing them from being loaded with fats and stimulating their metabolization, making them disappear from the body.
The great variety of substances that enter in its composition, some of them toxic by ingestion, obliges not to apply neither in chest nor in places of contact with the infant and to wash the hands well after its application. Those containing fucus should be avoided due to their high iodine content.
It is also advisable to avoid applying creams, gels and other local application products containing kerosene (mineral oil) on the nipple so that the infant does not absorb it. (Concin 2008, Noti 2003)
They are composed of numerous substances such as vitamins A (retinol), B, C, D, E, elastin, collagen, hyaluronic, citric, malic and glycolic acids, glycerin, salicylic acid, royal jelly, liposomes, plant extracts such as aloe vera, ginseng, ivy, ivy, ginseng, ivy and ginseng, ginseng, ivy, centella asiatica, horse chestnut (escin), ginkgo biloba, cupalin (guarana), ruscus aculeatus (ruscogenin) and green tea, and may also contain caffeine and algae such as fucus vesiculosus with high iodine content. (Juhász 2014)
Traces of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, mercury, nickel and lead and other additives such as dioxanes, phenols, formaldehyde, parabens and phthalates have been found in these products, all with potential toxicity and side effects. (Al-Halaseh 2022, Bilal 2019, Hepp 2014, Marinovich 2014).
Cosmetic products are, above dietary habits, the largest source of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbon (kerosene) contamination in fatty tissue and breast milk. (Frederiksen 2013, Concin 2011)
There is no documented evidence of the efficacy of these products either in the short or long term and several scientific papers question it. (Hexsel 2011, Newburger 2009, Draelos 2009)
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine - 2012 of United States of America
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