Which ingredients to avoid in skin care products

Which ingredients to avoid in skin care products

Ignorance is bliss but this saying is not applicable when it comes to taking care of skin. While skin care products may show promising results for your skin, but are they really good for your health?  

It is necessary to understand that the FDA doesn’t take note of this field and the regulation of skin care products is something that’s taken lightly. A lot of ingredients used in cosmetics, body washes, facial masks, scrubs, antioxidants, and other skin care products are allergens and they can cause rashes, acne, and even skin cancer. In this article, we’ll investigate which ingredients to avoid in skin care products.  

It is evident that we take care of our diet and make sure we eat healthily, but when it comes to taking care of skin, we just choose the skin care products that look good on the outside without acknowledging what’s in it. While buying a shampoo, lotion, or any other product try to read the ingredients and if you find any of the following, you can always alter it with something natural. 

Summary: All that glitters is not gold, not all the skin care products that have beautiful covers or packaging, are good for the skin. It is essential to know about the ingredients in your facial masks, shampoos, cosmetics, and other skin-related products. 

  • PEG – Polyethylene 

If you buy a face wash, toothpaste, or scrub you’ll notice small balls of various colors. These are the well-known Polyethylene or PEG products and when they are mixed with 1,4-dioxane, they become extremely cancerous and they slip into the bloodstream by infiltrating the skin. Polyethylene is a skin irritant that should be avoided in your daily-use products. 

  • Parabens 

Parabens are added in most of the makeup products, shampoo, shaving gel, spray tans, and moisturizers. These chemicals are the root of numerous diseases like breast cancer, skin cancer, affecting the sperm count, and developmental disorders. There are many types of parabens in cosmetic products, but it is suggested that you avoid anything that has parabens in it. It is unknown why the FDA hasn’t acted against the use of this chemical even after acknowledging its harms. 

  • BHA – Butylated Hydroxyanisole 

BHA is present in perfumes, facials, chemical peels – in general, all exfoliants. In recent research by the National Toxicology Program, BHA is classified as a cancer-causing compound in living cells. It is responsible for stomach cancer, liver cancer, upsetting the reproductive system, and it causes the skin to lose its color. 

  • SLS – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate  

This chemical is found in almost all the products we use in our daily life like shampoo, tooth paste, foundation, mouthwash, and body wash. SLS is the leading chemical in skin irritation, eye-related issues, and acne around the mouth and chin. 

  • Fragrance  

“Fragrance” is the aromatic blend of unknown chemicals that’s added in almost 50% of the beauty products to conceal the unpleasant smell of other chemicals. It is added in a lot of skin care products, from shampoos to conditioners, face cream to lotions, moisturizers and even deodorants. They are made of several unknown chemicals and they can cause serious skin-related issues. Fragrances tend to interfere with the hormone levels as well and that’s one of the reasons why they are named as one of the most allergic substances. We suggest you buy products that do not contain fragrances for that matter. 


As the old saying goes “It is better to be safe than sorry”. It is concluded from various research that the mentioned ingredients pose a serious threat to the skin but we never realize it, not until something noticeable happens. Our bodies are very sensitive to the synthetic chemicals and the compounds and they have the potential to alter the functions of cells and cause cancer.  

Therefore, our best advice is: while buying skin care products, check out the label for the list of ingredients. We’ll be writing more about the ingredients that can be harmful to your skin. until then, check out our other articles, and share this information with your friends and family or those whom you care for. 

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