Many "moisturizing lotions" sold in supermarkets include a variety of dangerous substances that can dry up and damage your skin. These lotions essentially coat your skin in a layer of petroleum to make it feel smoother and keep moisture in.
Why would they include parabens, mineral oil, antifreeze, formaldehyde, and other harmful ingredients in their products? They're inexpensive. Mineral oil is generated as a byproduct of the gasoline production process. It was discovered that giving mineral oil out rather than disposing of it was actually more cost-effective.
You'll want to stick with plant-based skin care products from now on after learning about the top 10 skincare compounds to avoid. Worse, many eczema remedies contain harsh substances that may help alleviate symptoms (itch and pain) while also triggering a new set of issues. For Healthy Skin, Avoid These 7 Cosmetic Ingredients.
1. Benzoyl Peroxide.
This chemical, which is commonly found in acne medicines, has a frightening list of potential negative effects. For example, did you know that benzoyl peroxide is widely thought to be a tumor promoter?
When breathed, it's hazardous, but simply applying it to the skin can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Benzoyl peroxide has even been found to cause DNA damages in humans and other species in several investigations.
2. Sulfates / Sodum Laureth Sulfate.
These sulfates, which are commonly referred to as SLS and SLES, are found in 9 out of 10 foaming products. This includes car washes and heavy-duty treatments like engine degreasers, which is alarming.
They have a long list of potential negative effects, including skin irritation, diarrhea, depression, eye damage, and even death.
3. Urea and DMDM Hydantoin.
These chemicals are present in a wide range of skincare products because they act as preservatives. They emit formaldehyde, which is the same chemical used to preserve bodies.
Chronic weariness, chest pains, allergies, joint discomfort, skin responses, migraines, ear infections, sleeplessness, disorientation, depression, and cancer have all been linked to formaldehyde exposure.
4. Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol
Many skincare products, including eczema treatments, contain these substances. Both are petroleum polymers, and the Environmental Protection Agency has looked into their effects on human health.
Skin contact with these substances has been related to brain, liver, and kidney problems, according to the agency's findings. In fact, the EPA recommends handling these compounds in their unprocessed form with goggles and gloves, and then burying them.
These substances aren't always stated on labels, which is unfortunate. To avoid them, search for products that declare expressly that they don't include them, or stick to natural skin care. Phthalates have been linked to birth abnormalities in the past. They also may harm the liver and kidneys, reduce sperm count in men, and promote early breast growth in girls and boys.
Butyl, ethyl, methyl, and propyl are examples of this group. Parabens, which are used as preservatives, have been linked to hormonal irregularities in women and sterility in men. They can also cause early puberty and are occasionally discovered in breast cancer tumors.
Dioxin, like phthalates, is rarely mentioned on product labels. Antibacterial skincare treatments and chemicals, such as triclosan, commonly contain it. Dioxin can induce nervous system diseases, cancer, birth abnormalities, and miscarriages in certain persons, as well as lowering immunity in others.
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