While skincare is constantly evolving over the years, the used of harmful chemicals in the formula to tailor each product to our skin problem has become concerned.
We may not use a lot at one time, but in huge doses it may prove to be lethal. Also leading to many health problems, like skin irritations, redness, swelling, burns, clogged pores and increased in toxins. We must be smart in choosing the safest skincare for our skin.
Now, let’s have a look at 7 harmful chemicals commonly found in daily facial wash.
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) & (SLES)
- Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl & Propyl Parabens
- Butylene Glycol & Propylene Glycol (PG)
- Salicylic Acid
7 harmful chemicals in your cleanser
Benzoyl Peroxide is commonly found in acne products. When applied to the skin, it works by reducing the acne. However, it lead to side effects which you should avoid.
- Possibly tumor promoter,
- May act as mutagen; produces DNA damage in human and other mammalian cells.
- Also, toxic by inhalation. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant.
A dermatologist from Beverly Hills, Debra Luftman says that Benzoyl peroxide can reduce the ability of your skin to protect itself from the sun due to the thinning of the layer of your epidermis. Your skin will tend to dry and peel.
2. SLS & SLE
This is common ingredients used in car washes, garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and 90% of personal-care products that foam.
- Eye damage
- Labored breathing
- Skin irritation.
According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a “moderate hazard” that can lead to cancer too. (Source: www.livestrong.com).
Thus, if you are concerned about the side effects, look for a personal care products with “SLS FREE” or “SLES FREE” label.
You can probably found parabens used in various products as preservatives. Not always labeled. They act to stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your personal care products, especially in moist,and warm environment in your washroom.
However, scientist all over the world has been debated about parabens that it harms our health.
- Have been found in breast cancer tumors.
- May contribute to sterility in males, hormone imbalance in females & early puberty.
The main reason why parabens is widely used is they are cheap and effective. You wouldn’t want to risk your health just for the sake of price don’t you? We believe, quality worth over quantity. Be a smart consumer.
The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. While it gives you the pleasure to release your stress with the aroma, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance concoction have been associated with:
- Respiratory distress
- Potential effects on the reproductive system.
Are you wondering why companies still continue using synthetic scents if they really harm us? The answer would be – they are cheaper.
Triclosan is synthetic antibacterial, very common in hand wash & soaps. It fights bacteria and eliminate the spread of disease and infectious agents. However, recent studies show it brings severe health and environmental risks, especially after it is degraded to dioxin that you need to avoid.
- Rated highly hazardous by EWG.
- Endocrine disruption (hormonal imbalance),
- Organ system toxicity & irritations
Due to this issue, U.S, has ban triclosan and other dangerous chemical from being used in their products. We hope you think twice the next time you decide to buy products containing triclosan.
6. Butylene Glycol & Propylene Glycol (PG)
Derived from petroleum plastics, EPA, considers PG so toxic it requires gloves, clothing goggles & disposal by burying. While it widely used cleaning solvent applications to dissolve and clean industrial surface, imagine what they can do to your skin.
- EPA warns against skin contact to prevent brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
It is extremely powerful that it can easily penetrate your skin and weakens proteins and cellular structure. You might get wrinkles before your age.
So why are we using this on our skin?
7. Salicylic Acid
If you’re battling with acne and clogged pores, you must be dealing with this beta hydroxy acid aka salicylic acid. While it’s often used as pore cleansing ingredients, salicylic acid is very harsh on the skin.
- Can cause excessive drying of skin
- Adverse effects such as increased oiliness and irritations.
- Eye, skin and respiratory irritant.
Remember! Salicylic acid may help with your acne temporarily, but for the long term it can thin your skin layer making it exposed to dangerous UV rays. Many of them are struggling with pigmentation due to this.
Love your skin, It’s your precious assets.
Conclusion, Harmful Chemicals In Your Cleanser
As alternative, look for natural products. They can be just as effective or better without harsh chemicals. Choose wisely, make it lasts!