3 Ingredients That Can Harm Your Skin

1. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s) are used in most cosmetic products to help prevent the growth of bacteria.

What’s bad?

This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) and is known to cause allergic skin reactions. Formaldehyde can be found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eyeshadows, and nail polish treatments.

2. Parabens

We’re sure many of you are familiar with parabens as they’re widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mould and yeast in cosmetic products.

What’s bad?

Parabens possess oestrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumours. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, and facial cleansers.

3. Triclosan

An antibacterial and antifungal agent commonly used in personal care and home-cleaning products.

What’s bad?

Just last year, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a rule under which over-the-counter consumer products containing triclosan can no longer be marketed. Studies have also raised concerns that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant.

*This article first appeared in Her World Malaysia April 2017 and was written by Stephanie Yap.

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