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

But there are over 4000 allergens in cosmetics and personal care products.

Having worked in the beauty industry for many years, I have seen first-hand how damaging and irritating these allergens can be on our skin, which 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, leading to 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, creating breakouts, papules and pustules.

So as you can see, no matter what type of skin you have, it is really important to prevent inflammation, which I believe is at the root of all premature ageing.

So if your keen to know how to keep your skin free from inflammation, there are some exposed skin care ingredients to steer clear of, 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 designed to slouch off skin can be harsh for sensitive skin types; Salicylic acid, chemical peels and retinoids are among these ingredients

If you have an allergy to Nickel, then you may be allergic to Cobalt that is often found in deodorants

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

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