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Skin Care Awareness Month: Avoid These 5 Harmful Ingredients

Skin health is paramount, especially in an era where countless beauty products flood the market.

As you observe Skin Care Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to discuss some of the harmful ingredients commonly found in skin care products. Of course it’s important to stay vigilant about sun damage. But we also need to be thinking about the products we apply to our skin.

Five Ingredients to Be Wary Of

  • Parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, thylparaben)

Parabens are widely used as preservatives in many cosmetic products. However, they’ve also received some negative attention for their potential to disrupt hormones in the body, mimicking estrogen and potentially increasing the risk of certain cancers.

  • Phthalates (diethylphthalate, monoethyl)

Found in a range of products, from nail polish to lotions, phthalates are chemicals that help increase the flexibility and longevity of scents. However, they’ve also been linked to hormonal imbalances and could be harmful to reproductive health.

  • Fragrance/Parfum

A seemingly innocent term, “fragrance” can encompass a variety of undisclosed chemicals, some of which may be allergenic or harmful. There’s often a lack of transparency in the term, so it’s a good idea to be cautious about products that call themselves fragrances but lack specificity about what they contain.

  • Mineral Oil

This common ingredient, derived from petroleum, can potentially clog pores and hamper the skin’s natural breathing process. Also, if not properly refined, it could contain impurities that impact your skin’s health.

  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Used to extend products’ shelf life, BHT might cause skin irritation for some individuals. Its long-term effects on human health remain a subject of debate, so it’s not a bad idea to avoid them when possible.

Schedule a Consultation Today

No matter what products or medications patients use for their skin, awareness is the key to making informed, healthy decisions. If you’re unsure about a product or want guidance on safe skin care, consider scheduling a consultation with Westchester Dermatology Medical Clinic.

Located in Los Angeles, CA, their dedicated team prioritizes your skin’s health and overall well-being. Early detection of any skin issues and effective treatment are essential. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or by calling them at 310-645-6001.

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