Toxic Ingredients in Skincare Products

13 Dec Toxic Ingredients in Skincare Products

Many of us have made choices to eat only organic fruits and vegetables, steer clear of highly processed foods and try to eliminate as many toxins as possible in an effort to live a vibrant, healthy life.  Oftentimes, we continue to use skincare products that contain contain many chemicals that are known carcinogens or cause severe allergic reactions.  We have eliminated the use of skincare products that contain toxic chemicals in our Aesthetics Program and educate our students on the importance of natural, organic products that are not only good for the skin, but for the earth as well.

The following is a list of known toxic chemicals that can be found in conventional skincare products.

Parabens are a group of chemicals that are widely used as a preservative in skincare products.  It has been shown to increase estrogen production which in turn increases the chance of getting breast cancer.  When parabens are absorbed through the skin it’s toxicity increase ten times.

Phthalates are used to increase absorption of a product into the skin.  It has been labeled as a “probable carcinogen” and can cause severe allergic reactions.

Petrochemicals are petroleum based products and have been linked to a rise in cancer.

Cosmetic Fragrance is made from petroleum or coal which can cause skin irritations.  They are of course cheaper than using a natural scent because they the ability to mimic common fragrances that are used in skincare products.

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate dissolves the oils in your skin which causes dryness.  In certain amounts it can cause genetic mutations and damage the immune system.

Diazolidynal Urea/Iodopropynal Butylcarbamate release formaldehyde when they break down.  These chemicals create allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, headaches, and irritates the mucous membranes. 

This is a short list of all the potentially hazardous chemicals that are found in skincare products.  Our Aesthetics program offers a n Introduction to Toxic Ingredients as part of our 600 hour esthetician program and is also being offered as continuing education for those already licensed.