It is often difficult for people to appreciate that chemical-based beauty products are harmful for them. Find out why and how to avoid any skin care issues to truly appreciate your skin.
Many people don’t understand how chemical-based products can be harmful. This is mainly because the negative results may not be obvious for a long time. In addition, research can be conflicting. Some research, for instance, sees parabens as harmful, other research says that the amount used is so small as to be insignificant.
When there is a slow toxic buildup from chemicals in beauty products that will take many years to result in serious health problems, it is difficult to trace the cause back to your choice of favorite beauty products alone.After all, serious illnesses can also be due to a wide spectrum of other pollutants like coal-tar derivatives to enhance color in foods, uranium isotopes in atmospheric chemtrails, and fluoride (a slow-acting neurotoxin) in tap water.
A Clear Warning Sign
However, one clear warning to stop using a beauty product is rashes. These are clear allergic reactions. These are usually a result of preservatives or fragrances in the beauty product.
Types of Rashes
When it comes to skin rashes, there are two main types of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic.
Irritant contact dermatitis can occur if your skin has been scratched or if it’s dry. So a beauty product that worked fine before now causes redness, itching, stinging, or burning sensations.
Allergic contact dermatitis may also cause some of the same reactions like, redness, itching, stinging, or burning sensations although it may also be more extreme with blistering, as well. This usually occurs when a beauty product is used for the first time.
The main way to distinguish whether a rash is due to an irritant or an allergy is the condition of your skin before you applied it. If you get a reaction on healthy, unbroken skin, then it is most likely an allergic reaction.
5 Ways to Avoid Rashes
The source of rashes may not always be easy to identify due to the fact that the product may not have caused reactions before or that a combination of products is causing the reaction.
Here, then, are some tips to figure out how to avoid skin care products that create an allergic reaction:
1. Find products with the fewest number of ingredients. This will make it much easier to avoid a cross reaction from the use of multiple products.
2. Before using a new product, try a patch test. Simply put a dab on the inside of your elbow and check it again in one or two days. If you are allergic to the product, you will notice itching, swelling, or red blotches.
3. Do not apply fragrances to the skin, but only to clothing. This will reduce the chances of several beauty products creating a reaction.
4. Product labels can be misleading. Some products may be labeled as “natural” but blend the natural ingredients with chemicals like PEG, Polyethylene, Polyethylene glycol, and Polyoxyethylene
5. Product labels may not be accurate for you. For instance, after testing, a company may label their product as not irritating, tested for sensitivity, tested by dermatologists or hypoallergenic. However what was true for the test group may not be true for you.
Try Natural, Organic Products
Natural products are now appearing in department stores and drug stores due to a growing awareness in using organic, unadulterated products. These can often be comparably priced or even cheaper than chemical-based beauty products. They can often offer solutions that traditional beauty products can’t resolve. Skin tags, for instance. While a few are not much of a problem, some people have hundreds and think they look unsightly. These are basically soft pieces of skin that hang loosely from a skin stalk. Skin tags are difficult to remove with conventional products and may require a surgical process called cryotherapy. This can be painful and may cause scarring.
However, a natural skin tag remover can clear them up without any pain or scarring. Moreover, natural solutions can be used in sensitive places without any rashes near your face and neck, armpits, and groin areas.
Although it may seem to be a bother to look for natural personal care products, as they are not as readily available as more popular, well-marketed beauty products, if you are allergic to a wide range of beauty products, this may be your best choice. The Environmental Working Group says, “Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 unique chemical ingredients, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system. Though some companies make products that are safe to eat, others choose to use dangerous ingredients like coal tar and formaldehyde, both human carcinogens, and lead acetate, a developmental toxin.”
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What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?
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What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?
Achieving my education at an accelerated pace. Start a family!
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I can be a a little too worrisome sometimes and cause myself to become stressed out.
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