Exposed skin care ingredients, may seem like an odd title.

But there are over 4000 allergens in cosmetics and personal care products, that trigger skin rashes or sensitivity.

I have worked in the beauty industry as a skin care specialist, for many years, and I have seen first hand, just how damaging and irritating ingredients can be to the skin, this is the reason so many people suffer from sensitive skin problems.

Abrasive and astringent products can cause a cascade of inflammation, breaking down collagen and elastin, causing premature ageing.

The skins protective barrier becomes impaired, which allows bacteria and foreign bodies to penetrate, causing further damage.

Neither do those with oily skin get off lightly, especially acne sufferers, where sensitivity and inflammation is often present.

What happens is that nerve endings in the pores become irritated, which activates the androgen hormones; These hormones are responsible for over secretion of oil production, which leads to skin that is out of balance leading to oily areas, breakouts and papules and pustules.

So as you can see no matter what type of skin you have, it is important to prevent inflammation from the outset, by caring for your skin with the correct ingredients.

There are some ingredients that you really need to steer clear of, for this reason, I have put together the list of my exposed skin care ingredients, to look out for that could potentially irritate the skin.

Exposed, skin care ingredients to avoid

  • SD Alcohol, also known as denatured alcohol
  • Arnica
  • Balsam
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Bergamot
  • Camphor
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Ethanol
  • Eugenol
  • Fennel
  • Fennel oil
  • Fir needle
  • Isoeugenol
  • Linalool
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Menthol
  • Phenol
  • Sodium C14-16 olefin  sulfate
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Synthetic fragrance
  • Sulfate
  • TEA-lauryl sulfate
  • Witch hazel
  • Aluminum compounds found in antiperspirants, can cause rashes under your arms
  • Acids, product designed to slouch off skin can be harsh for sensitive skin types; Salicylic acid, chemical peels and Retinoids are amongst these ingredients
  • If you have an allergy to Nickel, then you maybe alleric to Cobalt, found in deodorants

For further reading the list of top 20 ingredients to steer clear of, is well worth a read, follow this link, for more information.

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