Harmful ingredients in cosmetics

Today in the cosmetic industry there are more than 11,000 ingredients in use. Sadly between these components we can find not only good ones, but some which can cause irritation or allergy, and can even upset the healthy functioning of the skin. Nowadays such labels as “Dermatologically tested” does not guarantee that the products we have in our hands are suitable and/or non-harmful to our skin.

With this post I would like to raise the awareness of avoiding buying such skin care items, which can damage your skin and may cause you permanent illness in the future, with their usage.

Dangerous preservatives

According to the newest researches, these materials can make our skin age up to three times faster than normal. Moreover scientists also detected them in breast cancer cells, in the same form like in cosmetics. Unfortunately they can be found in the 95% of the skin care products, while their use is not indispensable. Preserving can also be skin friendly. Such components are:

  • Paraben (any type)
  • Disodium EDTA
  • Triclosan
  • Imidazodilinyl Urea.


They have such effect on our skin, as if we wore a plastic bag on our faces. Not only do they clog the skin, so that it can’t breathe, they can also stop the defense of the barrier. Besides these, by regular use after 1-2 missed times our skin may feel uncomfortably tight, which force us to use the product over again.


  • the cream feels heavy on your skin, in warm weather you sweat under it
  • it sticks unpleasantly to your face
  • your skin is groundlessly impure, you have a break out

Such ingredients are:

  • Vaseline (=Petrolatum)
  • Paraffinum-Liquidium
  • Cera Microcristallina
  • Ozokerit/Ceresin (=Petrol wax)

Silicon oil

Manufacturers improve the consistency of skin care products, so that they sit pleasantly on the top of our skin. It is also used as a dissolvent. The same way like petrochemicals, they clog our skin and stop the effectiveness of the barrier.

These components are:

  • Cyclohexasiloxane
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Dimethicone
  • other ingredients containing the word-chunk siloxane or methicone

Parfume, like component

The most frequent allergen. In the aspect of skin care it is 100% unnecessarily, mostly they hide the unpleasant smell of the products with it. Moreover it force us to buy good smelling items. We can find them on the ingredient list as Perfume or Fragance.

It is also important by usage of perfume or spray, that we only spray them on our clothes, never on our bare skin.

Comedogenic ingredients

Besides the mentioned petrochemicals:

  • Eucerin
  • Lanolin
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Isopropyl Palmitate
  • etearyl Alcohol

Drying components

They disturb the protectiveness of the skin, they are irritative. As a result of UV-rays they frame harmful peroxides, which by sensitive people can cause sun allergy. They wash out the natural fats of the skin, the surface becomes dry, but the grease builds up under, which can be even hardly removed with professional help.

If your skin always lacks of water, you should especially avoid such ingredients, which contain these words:

  • Ceteareth
  • Ceteth
  • Ceteoleth
  • Laureth
  • Oleth
  • PPG
  • PEG
  • Polysorbate
  • Pareth
  • Steareth

Apart from my blog post, I highly recommend using apps, which can detect the harmful ingredients in products, with the help of their bar code. I really hope that I could help to the ones, who are new in this theme.




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