MIND THE KIND OF INGREDIENTS YOUR SKINCARE PRODUCT HAS
It is really important that we should be mindful and conscious of the ingredients used in manufacturing the skincare products we use. This is really important for the safety of your health and skin.
Some Skincare ingredients can really be dangerous and harmful to the skin and other organs of the body.
So, in this very Article we’re gonna disclose some ingredients some cosmetics manufacturing companies uses in producing some of their skincare Products that can be harmful or dangerous to your skin, and health.
Here we go
Examples of parabens
Paraben are inexpensive chemical preservatives that are mostly used in preserving and prolonging the life shelf of Products. They are added to food drug and cosmetic Products to prevent the growth of mold harmful bacteria and yeast, it is also said to deter the growth of fungal in skincare Products and food.
Studies have shown that paraben preservatives mimics estrogen, Which is responsible for causing breast cancer tumors and also increasing prevalence of early puberty in girls. Though the study at this time has no conclusive or clear evidence.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are still conducting research to investigate the safety of parabens preservatives. But so far there hasn’t been any clear or conclusive evidence. Though there have been cases of individuals who have had negative reaction from using paraben based Products.
The FDA Continues to allow the use of parabens preservative in skincare, drug and food Products, this is because parabens doesn’t accumulate in the body, the body flushes it out quickly. But despite this many individuals are concerned about the safety of parabens because of it’s claims to cancer risk.
But the FDA are still conducting their research, but for now they haven’t still come across any evidence that shows parabens are harmful to use in cosmetics food and drugs.
The study of parabens causing cancer is still unknown, as researchers still Continue to conduct their research. But untill then I advice to keep off cosmetics, drugs and foods Products preserved with parabens until a clear and final evidence is revealed.
For those who still have passion for diy skincare (do it yourself) I recommend phenoxyethanal preservatives.
Example: Optiphen or Optiphen plus. This preservative is very natural and safe to use without any side effects or health issues to be concerned about, the preservatives Contains phenoxyethanal which offers broad spectrum of protection.
Optiphen or Optiphen plus is very effective is prolonging and preserving skincare, cosmetic, food, and drug products. Protecting them against growing mold, and bacteria.
I also recommend organic acid preservatives such as:
Sorbic acid / potassium sorbate
Benzoic acid / sodium benzoate
These preservatives are all natural and very safe to use in preserving your diy skincare products, they are very effective against fungi bacteria, yeast and mold.
Alcohols are used in skincare Products because it helps makes the skin not to feel greasy because of it’s light texture and also helps breaks down the skin barrier to enable Skincare products penetrate better.
But there are good and bad alcohols, the bad alcohols are merhanol, isopropyl alcohol, propanol, benzy alcohol and sd alcohol.
The bad alcohols can be extremely drying and irritates the skin, they can also cause inflammation, this is because they strip the skin off it’s natural protection. Thereby leads to increase of acne/pimples causing bacteria and worsening inflammation.
Sulphates are used as foaming agents or detergent which is found in facial cleansers, shampoo, bubble bath Products and bathing soap.
Sulphates can be harmful because depending on it’s manufacturing process it can be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Studies have proven that both contaminate can cause cancer, also ethylene oxide has been proven to cause harm to the nervous system.
Formaldehyde is a preservatives used in cosmetics, mostly found in baby soap, nail polish, eyelash adhesive and hair dyes.
Formaldehyde can be harmful because prolonged used can cause adverse health issues including immune system toxicity, respiratory irritation and also cancer tumors. Because formaldehyde is a recognized human carcinogen.
BHA AND BHT
BHT and BHT are known as a synthetic Antioxidants mostly used in skincare Products and also used as food Preservatives.
BHA and BHT are mostly used in lip sticks, moisturizerz and hair creams.
BHA and BHT mimic estrogen which makes it very toxic to the immune system and can also have an adverse impact on the reproduction.
Mecury is a metalic chemical element most used in devices such as thermometers and fluorescent lights.
Some skincare companies uses mecury as a lightening ingredient in their product, although mecury has the ability to lighten the skin making it look more fairer, but mecury can be harmful and toxic to both the skin and health. The U.S FDA has banned skincare and cosmetic Products that Contains mecury because of its toxicity to the skin and health.
Mecury toxicity can cause skin cancer, skin rashes, inflammation (dermatitis), large amount of ingested mecury can cause bloody diarrhea, accidentally absorbed mecury can spread to other organ systems of the body resulting to serious health issues such as memory loss, renal damage, muscle weakness and mood swings.
Steroids are used in creams and lotions as a medication and mostly used in treating skin conditions such as eczema, rashes, and reduce skin inflammation.
Steroids becomes harmful and dangerous when used for a long-term. Skincare experts (dermatologists) have warmed against long-term usage of steroid based Products.
Long-term use of steroids can cause bad skin reactions such as :
Stinging or burning of the skin – this normally occurs during the first week of application.
Skin thinning – This mostly occurs when using the highest strength of a steroid base skincare product.
Stretch mark – Long-term use of steroid based creams and lotions can cause skin bruising, discoloration, and spider blood vessels or veins.
Enlarged blood vessels (Telangiectasia)
Increment of hair thickness and length (hypertrichosis)
Names of steroids
1. Clobetasol propionate.
2. Betamethasone dipropionate.
3. Betamethasone valerate.
4. Diflucortolone valerate.
5. Hydrocortisone 17-butyrate.
6. Methylprednisolone aceponate.
7. Mometasone furoate.
8. Clobetasone butyrate.
9. Triamcinolone acetonide.
Coal-tar belongs to the polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) family. These are Group of chemicals that Naturally occurs in coal, crude oil, and gasoline.
Some cosmetics and shampoo Products are made with coal-tar and therefore may contain PAHs.
A laboratory tests conducted by the U.S. national cancer institute and National Toxicology program has proven that coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen, which is also contaminated with low levels of heavy metals and Contains aluminum (a neurotoxin) which is very harmful to the skin.
DEA compounds are used in cosmetics, it’s main function is Making cosmetics textures turn creamy or sudsy
Exposure to high dose of this chemicals has been proven to cause liver cancers and pre-cancerous changes in the skin and thyroid.
DEA compounds also causes mild skin and eye irritation,
It also responsible for hormone disruptor, depletes the body of choline needed for brain development.
Fragrance are mostly used in cosmetics Products such as, deodorants, lotions shampoos etc.
Fragrance has been proven to irritate and triggers allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms.
PEG COMPOUNDS ( POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS)
PEGs are mostly used in cosmetics Products, they are used as solvents, thickners, softeners, more especially requiring a cream base and also in laxatives.
PEG and it’s chemical family propylene glycol is responsible for opening the skin pores allowing harmful ingridents to penetrate more deeply. PEG may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4 dioxane, both contaminates has been proven to trigger cancer tumors.
This is a mineral oil jelly that is used in skincare products to lock moisture in the skin in varieties of skin moisturizers. It is Also used in hair care products to keep the hair moisturized and makes it shine.
A research has proven that petrochemical can be contaminated with cancer – causing polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
The European Union considers petrolatum a carcinogen and have restricted it’s use in cosmetics Products.
The international agency for research on cancer (IARC) has ranked it as a possible carcinogen, same with National Toxicology program.
Cycolmethicone and other ingredients ending in “Siloxane” are responsible for making hair products drying quickly
And deodorant creams slide easily. They are also used in moisturizers and also facial Treatments for the aim of softening & smoothening the skin.
Cyclotetransiloxane and cylcopentasiloxane – D4 and D5 has been proven to be endocrine disruptors, which interfere with human hormone function.
It can also tamper the reproductive system that may impair human fertility causing uterine tumors and harm the immune system.
Triclosan are mostly used in deodorants, cleansers (especially facial cleanser) and hand sanitizer as a preservative and anti-bacterial agent. It is also used in laundry detergent & soaps, facial tissues and antiseptic for wounds.
Triclosan can pass through the skin and can affect the body’s hormone system more especially thyroid hormones which regulates metabolism.