ALL that is in contact with the skin of a child is decisive for his health!
What is cutaneous absorption?
Let's start with some definitions to better understand what it is.
The definition from Petit Larousse dictionary is : ”Penetration of a substance from outside into a living organism. »
"Dermal absorption is the way through which substances can enter the body through the skin. In addition to inhalation, ingestion and injection, dermal absorption is a route of exposure to toxic substances and drug administration. »
"Set of mechanisms ensuring the passage of a substance applied to the skin all the way to the blood stream, without traumatic injury.
Crossing the stratum corneum is the main step of skin absorption. Factors such as concentration of the product, size of the molecules of the active ingredient, thickness and hydration of the stratum corneum, determine the speed and/or degree of absorption. A child's skin is more permeable than an adult's skin. Some organic solvents such as acetone or ether, destroying the lipid cement of the stratum corneum, cause a very significant increase in skin absorption. » Larousse medical
Health consequences of dermal absorption
The skin is a living organ (and not a simple inert membrane) of great physiological importance. Its weight represents about 10% of the total body weight. Its surface in adults is between 1.5 and 2 square meters. Children's skin, which lacks maturity, is more fragile and more permeable than the skin of adults. Hence the importance of protecting it! In allopathic medicine, the absorption properties of the skin are used to introduce medicinal substances (creams) into the body. In ancient times, to counteract iodine deficiency, the elders used to apply a square of iodine peel to the skin and renewed the application when the yellow color characteristic of iodine had disappeared. It was a visual indicator of skin absorption.
ALL that is in contact with our skin is of paramount importance for our health.
If you have read the articles published previously on our blog, you know that the non-organic clothes found in the market are saturated with toxic products of all kinds, the majority of them being endocrine disruptors. Up to 8,000 toxic products can be found in a non-organic cotton t-shirt! And contrary to what one might think, some of these toxic products do not disappear entirely during the first wash.
During a full day of wearing a t-shirt, our skin will have plenty of time to absorb all these toxic products. Insidiously, day after day, the textile that we wear on the skin (underwear, pyjamas, T-shirts, pants, dresses, ...) intoxicates us and our children in particular. Many studies have shown that prolonged and repeated contact of these toxic products with the skin has consequences on a child development.
"Phthalates are most often present in drawings, inscriptions and decorations stamped to clothing; however, phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. One study has shown that adult testicles exposure to phthalates causes inhibition of testosterone production, which results in reduced testicular size. Phthalates are also thought to be responsible for early puberty in girls 6 to 8 years of age. Finally, a 2009 study showed that regular exposure to phthalates during pregnancy (eg at the hairdresser) resulted in a tripled risk of a congenital malformation or hypospadias, in the baby.
In 2012, the NGO Greenpeace found, in some children's clothing, ratios 370 times higher than the authorised limits.
"A number of health conditions such as decreased sperm quality, increased frequency of abnormal organ development or the reproductive function, lowering the age of puberty, are now suspected to be the consequence of exposure to endocrine disruptors (EDs). They are also suspected to play a role in certain hormone-dependent cancers, as well as cases of type 2 diabetes, obesity, dementia or autism. The age of exposure is decisive because the most impacts occur during the gestation period. Fœto-embryonic development, early childhood and puberty are periods of increased sensitivity to these substances. "
In conclusion, the skin is a living organ that has the ability to absorb everything in its contact, good or bad. Children's skin is more fragile and permeable than that of adults; its protection is therefore decisive for the future health of the developing children. The textile industry uses a lot of toxic products that are in prolonged contact with the skin. Being absorbed by the skin, these products have health consequences.
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