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Dangers of Chemicals in Skincare Products

Updated on August 23, 2012
Dangerous toxins in cosmetics
Dangerous toxins in cosmetics

When it comes to skincare products and cosmetics in general. It is necessary for us to be aware of some of the dangers of the ingredients in some of these commercial branded products. Here are a list of a few chemicals you should watch out for, especially if you suffer from sensitive skin.

Mineral Oil

This is a very cheap low grade petroleum oil which actually has no nutritional value. It is often found in anti-ageing products and cosmetic products for the treatment of dry skin. However, this low grade mineral oil can actually leave your skin feeling dry and taut. It can cause allergic reactions and it can strip the skin of it's natural oils.


Parabens such as methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl are actually preservatives that are supposed to prolong the shelf life of the cosmetic product. They are toxic and they can cause allergic reactions. Avoid products with preservatives, if you have sensitive skin.

Propelyne glycol

You will find this in products such as moisturizers and sun screen. This chemical is used in moisturizers and is also found in anti-freeze. Yes, anti-freeze!!!! This chemical can cause toxic reactions when applied to the skin. Therefore, avoid this one like the plague if you have sensitive skin.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

This one is probably very familiar to most people because it is most often found in shower gels and even in toothpaste. It is a foaming agent that creates the bubbles you see in any foaming wash. It can cause eye irritation and severe allergic reactions. Again steer clear of this if you are someone who has sensitive skin.

Synthetic Colours

These synthetic colours are added to create a bright,vibrant and attractive colour to any skincare product. They are normally labelled as FD & C or D&C, this is normally followed by a colour number. These colour chemicals can potentially cause cancer and other illnesses. You should try to avoid these products if you have sensitive skin and if you are worried about the effects of these chemicals.

Synthetic Perfumes

Synthetic perfumes are added to products to enhance the smell, and to disguise other chemical scents. For example, benzene derivatives and air polluting aldehydes. These chemicals penetrate the skin and they could actually cause cancer or serious skin disorders.


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