The 6 ingredients that you do NOT want in your skincare products
is a group of chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic
and pharmaceutical industries. They have been linked to possible
carcinogenicity, as well as an estrogenic effect from being exposed to
the continued use of parabens as preservatives.
Phthalates (Dibutylphthalate): Already banned in Europe
for their adverse effects, phthalates represent a truly toxic skin care
category of ingredients, and have been classified as a "probable human
carcinogen" by the EPA. They can cause severe allergic reaction, and are
used to help skincare products to be absorbed into the skin. These
should truly be avoided at all costs.
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (also
known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)):
The second most concentrated ingredient in shampoos, this is used in
concrete floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car wash detergents, and
just about every soap and shampoo on the market. In the same way as it
dissolves the grease on car engines, it also dissolves the oils on your
skin, which can cause a drying effect. In sufficient amounts, it is
capable of changing the information in genetic material found in cells
and damage the immune system, and can cause separation of skin layers
and inflammation to the skin.
all skin care products contain synthetic substances that are petroleum
(chemical) based - many of them are linked to adverse effects. Studies
have found that oral and topical application of petrochemicals in
rodents resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the
brain and spinal cord. Some synthetic colors, such as FD & C Blue No. 1, are suspected carcinogens.
Diazolidinyl Urea or Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate: The
label on your skincare product may not list "formaldehyde," but even
these two ingredients break down and release formaldehyde (diazolidinyl
urea (or 3-diol diazolidinyl urea) 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1 (or
bronopol) DMDM hydantoin). It has been banned in Europe after studies
concluded that effects can result in being carcinogenic, allergic
reactions and contact dermatitis; headaches; irritating mucous
membranes; damaging to eyes; joint and chest pain; depression;
headaches; fatigue; dizziness and immune dysfunction. Avoid!
Chemical Peeling Agents: Chemical and dermabrasion peels became the latest skincare fad
- and as always with fads, the possibility for abuse can be high.
Chemical Peels may dry and irritate the skin, and are generally not good
for a number of skin types including those with open acne lesions. If
you scar easily or tend to form keloids, you should probably consider
these procedures as being risky. If you have a darker complexion, you
may run the risk that this will result in streaking and uneven
administrated to address a specific condition, under the supervision
of, or by an acne expert, a peel may have some benefits. However, "do it
yourself" kits and salon peels are risky. Get a second or third opinion
from practitioners experienced in these procedures on patients with
your type of skin before embarking on something you might regret.
you have a mild rash or itch, or red inflamed pimple in the middle of
your cheek, using an over-the-counter, low-strength cortisone cream or
ointment to treat the symptoms for a few days is obviously ok. However,
don't make it a regular habit! Topical steroids can actually CAUSE acne, and potentially thin your skin after continuous use. You definitely should not
use a potent prescription-strength topical steroid on your face unless
instructed by your doctor or dermatologist. Steroid-induced Rosacea and
skin thinning are much more likely to occur with the high potency
So what are your options?
If you really are dedicated to getting clear skin, stay with products that have wholesome ingredients with safety records and clear information on what ingredients are used and how it works.