The FDA regulates what is considered toxic and prohibited ingredients for cosmetics and skincare products. Many ingredients that go on the formulas for the products you use have to pass the FDA’s quality control and rules. While they do allow certain ingredients and substances to be added to products, these substances can still affect each person’s skin differently. Everyone’s sensitivity and reactions to substances is different. Here are four ingredients you want to avoid as much as you can:
- Synthetic Fragrances and Artificial Dyes – These are what give some products their attractive smell and colorful palettes but these are known allergens that can cause coughing and dizziness from inhalation, and skin irritation and rashes after contact with the skin. Use soothing creams to treat redness and to protect your skin.
- Parabens – Parabens are preservatives used to extend the shelf life of cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Not only are these also known allergens, but parabens can also disrupt the body’s hormonal system and can throw it off-balance, especially the hormone estrogen.
- Sulfates – Before purchasing shampoos and conditioners, check if the ingredient list if they contain any sulfates. Sulfates are what give shampoos and conditioners its foaming properties. If you have conditions like rosacea, eczema, or have very sensitive skin then you should avoid shampoos with sulfates. Sulfate sensitivity is also possible and can trigger allergic reactions.
- Formaldehyde – A lot of hair-straightening products contain this ingredient, and can be potentially dangerous to your health. Exposure to formaldehyde, like inhaling the fumes during the hair-straightening process, can cause serious irritation of not only your eyes and nose, but also your lungs. If you want to get your hair straightened, it’s best to have it done professionally rather than at home.