Ingredients to Avoid in Your Skincare Products

Your at-home skincare routine is integral to the health and beauty of your skin, but you could be doing significant damage to your skin without even knowing it if you select the wrong products to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. Just like the food you eat, skincare products list ingredients that should be carefully inspected before use. If you see any of the following ingredients on the label, you should steer clear of that product and find a more skin-friendly solution. Parabens You may see more and more products advertising at they are “Paraben-Free”, and this is with good reason. Parabens are common preservatives that inhibit bacterial growth, but they can also be absorbed through the skin and have estrogen-mimicking properties that might raise your risk for breast cancer. Alcohol Alcohol is a common additive in facial cleansers and exfoliates, but it is not actually great for your skin. Alcohol can dry out the skin, leaving it feeling flaky and brittle rather than soft and supple. Fragrance Fragrance is a frequently listed ingredient on beauty product labels, as it is a vague term that was originally created to protect proprietary formulas for scented products. Because fragrance is such a vague term, however, there could be a wide range of harmful chemicals that you are applying directly to your skin. Using unscented products will be the best measure for avoiding artificial fragrances and protecting even the most sensitive skin. Synthetic Colors Synthetic colors, which are labeled with the codes FD&C or D&C followed by colors and numbers, are considered derived from petroleum and coal tar, making them human carcinogens. While these dyes are still used in the U.S., they are actually banned by the EU. By seeking your skin care with Specialists in Dermatology, you can find the right products to give your skin a natural, healthy glow. We offer our own in-house skincare line and carry a number of leading brands to provide custom solutions to every patient in our Tucson office. To schedule a consultation where you can explore your skincare needs, give us a call at (520) 618-0232.