Acne/Breakouts, Bath & Body

Cosmetic Ingredients to avoid

I often wonder whether the benefits of my skincare products outweigh the negatives. There are other times when I find myself irritated by the fact that after continued use of a product my skin conditions flare.

Here are some ingredients that are known to cause irritation, allergic reaction and in some cases they are linked to nerve damage and caner. Scary stuff…

Mineral Oil (aka paraffinum liquidum): This is petroleum. It’s cheap and is currently widely available. This won’t be the case in the future. Mineral oil can lead to dry skin conditions.

Parabens Ethyl, Butyl, Methyl, Propyl, and Parahydroxybenzoate : A common preservative, lab made for cosmetics. This ingredient poses some serious health concerns, it mimics estrogen in the bloodstream and is linked to breast cancer (parabens were found in tumors) Although further testing is needed parabens they are known irritants.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate: This is a detergent that causes foaming action in our shower gels and shampoos. It is extremely irritating and drying to the skin. The CIR are re-evuating its safety.

Diethanolamine & triethanolamine: These react with another chemical to form carcinogens (cancer causing). The FDA are currently investigating. Can cause eye irritation and allergic reactions. The CIR recommend using these only when they can be washed off, yet they are common ingredients in hand creams.

Propylene Glycol: Has been shown to cause allergic reactionl; dermatitis, eczema, hives…

Synthetic colours: Tests show that this is potentially carcinogenic. (FD&C or D&C on labels) These are regulated by the FDA but rather alarmingly the FDA have taken some of these off the market after further testing. They are currently testing the synthetic colours used in cosmetics today. When these colours are listed on the ingredients label they must be followed by a warning stating ‘For external use only’, the problem with that the skin absorbs them into the blood stream.

VA/PVP copolymer: Can be toxic when inhaled by sensitive people, causes lung irritation. Rats who ingested PVP developed tumors (gross animal testing people). Found in bronzers, eye makeup, and hair products.

Diazolidinyl Urea/Imidazolidinyl urea: These may release formaldehyde, known to be highly toxic. Studies also show that this is a major cause of dermatitis. Found in body powders, cleansers and soaps, lotions and moisturizers, make-up and make-up removers, shampoo, shaving products, fragrances.

Synthetic fragrances: Reactions include vomiting, coughing, dizziness, headaches, hyper-pigmentation, rash and other skin irritation.

Scary eh? My intention is not to scare-monger but rather to inform. Consumers should be aware of products that are gaining free access into their bloodstream and affecting the health. Once we are aware we can then make informed choices about which products we want to use. At the end of the day we love makeup but wouldn’t it be great if we were assured that all of our favourite products don’t pose any risk to out health. Dream on Amy!

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