Parabens – Good for Fungi but What about Skincare? | Skin Lightening Reviews

paraben free logosParabens have been a source of considerable controversy in the beauty product industry over the last several years. The reason is that while they are often included in formulas as a preservative and to help to prevent the growth of fungi and other types of microbes, they can also be absorbed into the body. This means that parabens can make their way through the layers of the skin and into the digestive system and the blood.

If it was certain that parabens were not having any unwanted effects after being absorbed, that wouldn’t be a problem. Unfortunately, biopsies have detected the presence of parabens in breast tumors at comparable concentrations to those that are seen in some consumer products. Moreover, urine samples from adult American patients are showing detectable levels of parabens.

For this reason, many consumer protection groups and members of the medical and dermatological communities are recommending that these chemicals be avoided whenever possible.

Check your product labels for parabens

Check your product labels for parabens that go under names such as ethylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and butylparaben.

Look to products such as Dermolyte that are made of high quality formulas without parabens and other potentially hazardous chemicals. Make sure that you’re also checking the ingredients in products such as shampoos and conditioners, cleansers for the face and body, scrubs, and even lotions.

The ideal would be to eliminate the use of all products that contain parabens, but if you find that you cannot eliminate them all, try to reduce them by as much as possible and use those that do contain parabens as little as you can.

Lead Acetate: Is This Banned Ingredient Hidden in Your Beauty Products?

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Beauty products are filled with ingredients, some of which are better for your skin and health than others.  Recent statistics have shown that the average woman in the United States uses over 12 beauty products every day and together, they represent an average of 168 different substances.

Whether you use more or less than this, the odds are that you have not read each one of the labels and, even if you have, there are likely a number of ingredients on the lists that you simply cannot recognize – or even pronounce, for that matter. The problem is that among all of the soaps, shampoos, cleansers, deodorants, makeup, sunscreen, and anti-aging products – among others – that you may use, there are potentially dozens of ingredients that could be causing harm to your health.

In the European Union, there are over 1,000 different substances that have been banned from cosmetic products.  However, here in the United States, there are only 10 that have been banned by the FDA.

If you want to be especially careful about your skin care products and what they contain, it is therefore up to you to start to learn about the ingredients and find out whether or not they could be doing harm to your health and/or your appearance. Then, you can start to look for healthier and safer alternatives.

For instance, lead acetate is an ingredient that is currently found in red lipsticks and in hair dyes.  This substance is banned by the E.U., which has placed it on its Proposition 65 List of Carcinogens, but it could be on your vanity – or even on your face – right now.  This, despite the fact that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has deemed this substance to be potentially toxic following low-level of exposure over a long period of time.

Do yourself a favor and start to look into the ingredients in your products and choose options, such as Dermolyte – skin brightening complex, that contain only substances that are both safe and effective.

Formaldehyde – Should I be PRESERVING my Skin with Formaldehyde?

Photo by threepinFormaldehyde is a very commonly used preservative that can be found under a number of different names on the labels of skin care products.  These include imidazolidinyl urea, quanternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, and DMDM hydantoin.  It is a substance that is technically a gas made up of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen, and it has a pungent odor.

Many people are surprised to discover that formaldehyde is actually naturally found within the metabolism of the human body, and is also in the air that we breathe every minute of every day.  This, and the fact that it is naturally produced by several types of plants, has led many to believe that it is perfectly safe for use in beauty products such as skin care products.

However, it has been shown to produce health issues such as skin irritations, such as an increased cancer risk, rashes, eczema, blistering and cracking of the skin, and irritation to the nose, throat, and eyes, among others.

While the FDA has continued to allow the use of this substance, it has placed some regulations on cosmetic and beauty products in order to ensure that its negative effects will be kept to a minimum.  This means that to be considered free of the substance, it must not have strengths any greater than 0.2 percent.

Equally, in order to be sure that the negative effects of formaldehyde are entirely eliminated, it’s best to use beauty products such as Dermolyte, which avoid hazardous ingredients altogether.  This way, you can be certain that you will be enjoying the benefits without placing your health at risk.

Diethanolamine (DEA) – Is it Really that Bad?

moleculeDiethanolamine (also known as DEA) is a type of ethanolamine that is commonly found in skin care and beauty products.  It is frequently included in formulas because of its emulsifying – foaming – properties.  It is also used to help to control a product’s pH level.

Though there are many skin issues connected with the use of products that contain diethanolamine, one of the largest growing concerns has to do with its association with an increased cancer risk, particularly when used in large quantities or for long periods of time.  Like other ethanolamines, this is an ammonia compound that is colorless, viscous, and clear, but it has an odor like ammonia.

The type of products that include diethanolamine include everything from body washes, liquid soaps, bubble bath, soap, shampoo, and facial cleansers, because they need to foam.  However, they are also included in formulas for makeup bases and foundations, eye shadows, blush, mascara, eyeliners, fragrances, hair dyes, hair care products, sunscreens, skin lighteners and shaving products.

Though the best way to avoid the negative effects of DEA is to use products that don’t contain it, if you do choose a product with DEA, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel has stated that it should be used in products with a strength of less than 5 percent, and only in products that are used topically and rapidly rinsed away.

There is a risk associated with diethanolamine which includes kidney, liver, and nervous system (including the brain), issues after prolonged exposure.  It can also be quite irritating to the skin.  However, it is the increased cancer risk and developmental deformities in unborn fetuses that have led to the highest level of concern in medical and consumer advocate communities.

The best way to avoid the risks of diethanolamine is to simply choose products, such as Dermolyte , and others that do not contain it.  There are many natural and healthier alternatives to DEA, so be certain to read labels and make sure that you are choosing the best and safest products for your skin.

Skin Care Ingredients Best to Avoid

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Avoid These Skin-Care Ingredients
There are many ingredients that can be found in common beauty products that are used for a purpose, but that could be harmful to your skin or overall health.  It is important to become aware of the various elements that make up the parts of your overall care routine.

Consider avoiding the following common ingredients found in skin care products in order to help to ensure your best health and results:

  • Diethanolamine (DEA)  – This substance is frequently added to skin care products as an emollient and an emulsifier.  However, it is recognized as a mild irritant to the skin and eyes and, since 1999, it studies have been showing that in high concentrations, it has carcinogenic properties.  Moreover, a study in 2006, it was found to inhibit brain development in pregnant mice which suggests that similar negative effects could exist in humans.
  • Parabens – This is a chemical preservative that is used to stop bacteria from growing within a product.  Though parabens have been deemed safe for protection against mold, bacteria, and fungi, the safety of some of these substances has been questioned.  Some of them include: methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben.  It has been suggested that some of these substances can disrupt the hormones of the body, lead to allergic reactions, and may even contribute to the development of breast cancer.
  • Phthalates  – These substances are used in products ranging from soaps and cosmetics to nail polishes and other personal care products, but they are also found in many plastic products for a range of reasons such as plasticizing and as a solvent.  These have, however, been found to be damaging to the kidneys, liver, lungs, and testes development.
  • Formaldehyde  – This may also appear on labels as DMDM hydantoin, quanternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea, or diazolidinyl urea.  Though this ingredient often flies under the radar, it has the potential to cause considerable skin and health damage.  It is used as a preservative, but it has been associated with a number of possible health risks, such as respiratory problems, irritation to the nose, throat and eyes, heightened risk of cancer, skin irritations such as rashes and eczema, cracking and blistering of the skin.  This substance is banned in cosmetic products in many countries, such as Japan and Sweden.
  • 1,4-dioxane – This chemical is often found in labels under the name Sodium laureth sulfate, polyethylene, PEG, polyethylene glycol, polyethoxyethylene, olyoxyethylene, or polyoxynolethylene.  This is often used for a bubbling or foaming effect in products such as soaps, shampoos, bubble baths, and even toothpastes.  This substance is drying and irritating to many users as it draws moisture out of the skin.  It can cause struggles for individuals with eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
  • Fragrance (other than from essential oils) – Often also known as perfume oils, these are typically made up of synthetic substances which can be highly irritating to dry or sensitive skin types or to those with conditions such as eczema.

Topical Steroid Creams Used as Facial Moisturizer – Really?

Incredible HulkThere are many different types of skin care products and moisturizers that each have claims of providing the best possible results.  Among them are certain forms that are highly effective, as well as those that don’t function as they claim, or that could even be hazardous.  Unless you’re an expert, such as a dermatologist, it can be very hard to know which ones are the best choices for your skin health and which could be more harm than good.

Among those that many people have considered, due to a considerable amount of marketing for these products, are those that contain various forms of topical steroids.  Dermatologists are continually being visited by patients who have tried to use topical steroids, such as over the counter cortisone creams, in order to eliminate rough patches or reduce redness on the face and skin.

Though these products are appropriate for some use in certain temporary situations, such as for insect bites on the face, the delicate nature of facial skin means that it requires only the most gentle and high quality products.  Unfortunately, that does not include topical steroids.

By using topical steroids such as cortisone creams, on a regular basis on the facial skin, the result can be broken blood vessels, white spots, and a thinning of the skin that is not reversible.

If you are hoping to create a softer, more even and more radiant complexion, it is important to use only the best products that are formulated for safe and effective use on the skin, such as Dermolyte.  This way, you can be assured that you will experience positive results without placing your skin health and appearance at risk.

Methyl Cellosolve – Banned in US

407908500_09ef4f17f8_qThough many products may appear to be perfectly safe to use, with a pleasant texture and a nice fragrance, it is important to be aware of what they contain in order to protect yourself against potential harm.  For example, methyl cellosolve is a substance that is banned in the United States after it was found to be dangerous to use.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported methyl cellosolve on its list of substances that are “Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations” (IDLHs).  This substance is dangerous enough that it is possible to be taken in a lethal dose.

Though not typically included at such extreme concentration in beauty and skin lightening products, this ingredient is hazardous enough that any use should be considered to be potentially damaging.  Chronic exposure to the doses that are more typical in skin products has been associated with dizziness, headache, unequal pupil size, weakness, lethargy, disorientation, hyperreflexia (over responsive reflexes), and auditory and/or visual disturbances.

There are readily available products that can be ordered online and contains methyl cellosolve, despite the fact that the substance has been proven to be hazardous for over half a century.  It is very important to check the ingredients of the products that you purchase online. Many contain questionable substances in their formulas, such as kojic acid, it is likely that your doctor or dermatologist would immediately caution you to steer clear of this type of product in favor of one that could produce beneficial results without the health risks.

Imported Skin Lightening Products Could Contain Mercury

The cosmetics world is full of myths and urban legends about strange, disturbing, and even dangerous substances that have been included in makeup and cosmetic products.  Unfortunately, some of those rumors may be truer than you think.

A recent FDA investigation into heavy metals, chemicals, bacteria and other types of unwanted substances in skin lightening products has revealed that your beauty routine could be placing your health at risk.

The research discovered that many imported skin lightening products contain mercury and other heavy metals at toxic levels.  This does not produce only a mild risk, but is actually considered to be quite serious.  Cases of mercury contamination, as a result of the use of these products are making people quite ill.

Though this was not found in any American-made brands, the dangerous skin lightening products – for example, Stillman’s skin bleach cream and Diana skin lightening formula – were discovered alongside other problematic formulations in import stores as well as Middle Eastern, Asian, and Latino markets. Many had labels that were exclusively in other languages, such as Hindi and Chinese.

Before using a lightening skin cream, make sure to carefully check its ingredients.  This includes looking over the ingredients in the formula that you may currently be using.  Checking is especially important if you’re using an imported product from countries such as Mexico, India, or China.  Though you should look on the label for the name “mercury”, don’t forget that it could be listed under another word, such as: calomel, mercurous chloride, mercurio, or mercuric.  Never use a product that does not provide an ingredients list.

If you want to be especially certain to avoid these dangerous heavy metals, begin using a reliable safely formulated product such as Dermolyte.  This way, you’ll obtain the results that you want, without having to worry about whether or not hazardous ingredients could cause poisoning.

Choosing a Safe Skin Lightening and Brightening Product

When you have skin discolorations and imperfections to your complexion, your natural inclination may be to choose a skin lightening or brightening product that promises to even out the flaws and leave you looking radiant and stunning.

However, not all of these products are created equal.  Some use hazardous or even banned ingredients that could cause you more harm than good as you attempt to banish those dark spots and age spots.

It is important to become aware of the more common banned and questionable ingredients to make sure that when you choose a skin lightening product, you’re putting yourself on the path toward a healthier and more even looking complexion, and not a list of potential side effects.

Among the two more commonly used sketchy ingredients in these formulations includes the following:

  • Hydroquinone – the hazards relating to this whitening ingredient have been widely publicized, and yet it is still used in formulation from many countries around the world.  It is still legal to purchase over the counter creams in concentrations of up to 2 percent and prescription products with concentrations of up to 4 percent in the United States.

Many other countries, such as Canada, have been quick to ban or highly restrict the use of this substance.  This is because its benefits for fading dark spots are inconsistent, and the ingredient is a known carcinogen.  It can also cause a condition called Ochronosis, when used over extended periods of time.  This causes thick blackish blue patches on the skin that look far worse than the age spots or freckles you were trying to remove.

  • Steroids – topical corticosteroids (for example, hydrocortisone) can provide a rapid temporary whitening effect, but it is not safe to use these products over prolonged periods.  It is illegal in the United States to sell this ingredient specifically for skin lightening, as it is considered only a side effect in treatments for conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.  The use of this ingredient can lead to thin, fragile skin, excessive hair growth, fungal and bacterial infections, and irritation.

Fortunately, there are also highly effective skin lighteners, such as Dermolyte, which use all natural ingredients, none of which have been banned.  This type of product provides safe and visible results without the risk of harmful side effects.