It has come to the point where we must take a good look at the ingredients in our skin care products the same way we do our food labels and nutrition labels. There are thousands of chemicals in our skin care products, many of which are being absorbed into our bodies. That being said, it is important to read the labels carefully and avoid products that contain dangerous skin care ingredients.
Avoid These Dangerous Skin Care Ingredients
You may have noticed lately that there are a lot of skin care products promoting the fact that their products are “paraben free”. Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in popular skin care products. Parabens main role is to stop fungus, bacteria and a host of other microorganisms from growing in your skin care products.
Lately, people have become increasingly aware of the potential health dangers that parabens can pose. Although they affect people in different ways, studies have shown that parabens can lead to skin problems including dermatitis, rosacea, and a host of other allergic reactions. Studies also have shown that parabens that the ability to imitate the female hormone oestraoge which can disturb the bodies hormonal balance. The fact that parabens are shown to mimic oestrogen can be especially dangerous for women as its said to play a part in the formation of breast cancer
Phenoxyethanol is similar to parabens as it shares the same preservative qualities, it’s just not as well known or widely scrutinized. Often products that promote themselves as paraben free have simply removed the parabens and use Phenoxyethanol which has several potential health concerns
The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on phenoxyethanol states that it can cause skin and lung irritation. It’s also toxic to the kidneys, nervous system, and liver, and repeated, long-term exposure can cause organ damage.
The use of phenoxyethanol has been restricted in the E.U, however many manufacturers in the United States still use it in their products
Hydroquinone is used in many “brightening” solutions that are used to lighten dark patches of the skin. People typically use hydroquinone to lighten areas of skin affected by hyper-pigmentation disorders, as well as for freckles and age spots.
Studies show it can potentially lead to organ-system toxicity, respiratory tract irritation and cancer. Hydroquinone is banned for use in skin care products in the E.U and has been restricted in Canada and the United States
Dimethicone is a silicon oil used in personal care products as an “anti-foaming” agent, skin protectant, and skin and hair conditioner. Dimethicone assists in making products easily spreadable, fills in the look of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, and helps form a protective barrier on the skin
The problem with Dimethicone is it traps everything under it, including bacteria, sebum, and impurities; which often leads to increased breakouts and other skin irritations. It also prevents the skin from performing its’ normal duties like sweating, dead skin removal, and temperature regulation.
Polyethylene Glycol, commonly listed as PEG on ingredient labels is used as a vehicle that helps the penetration of other ingredients deeper into the skin. The problem with Polyethylene Glycol is it can penetrate the skin with products that are not good for the body. As a matter of fact, studies show that various PEG compounds contain pollutants include ethylene oxide (used to manufacture mustard gas), 1,4-dioxane, polycyclic aromatic compounds, and heavy metals including lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium, arsenic. None of these ingredients should penetrate the skin and can lead to many health problems.
It may be hard to avoid these products because they are so widely used, however avoiding these dangerous skin care ingredients may save you a lot of skin care problems in the future