Skincare is NOT created equally. But how do we know if our daily skincare is packed with ingredients we should be avoiding? And why avoid them in the first place?!

Being aware of certain skincare ingredients to avoid is important for maintaining the health and well-being of your skin. While individual sensitivities vary, here are some skincare ingredients that some people may want to consider avoiding or using with caution:

  • Parabens: Parabens are preservatives commonly used in skincare and cosmetic products to extend shelf life. Studies have suggested a potential link between parabens and hormone disruption.
  • Synthetic Fragrances: Synthetic fragrances can contain a mix of various chemicals that may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some individuals. Fragrance-free products are a safer option, especially for sensitive skin.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): These are surfactants often used in cleansers and shampoos to create foam and lather. They can be harsh and potentially strip the skin of natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation.
  • Phthalates: Phthalates are plasticizers used to improve the texture and consistency of skincare products. Another ingredient linked to potential hormone disruption and adverse health effects.
  • Formaldehyde Releasers: These are preservatives that release formaldehyde over time to
    prevent bacterial growth in products. Crazy to think a chemical used to embalm can legally be used in
    skincare products. Believe it! This ingredient will sensitize the skin and cause severe skin irritation.
  • Mineral Oil: Derived from petroleum, mineral oil is often used in skincare products as an
    emollient. It can potentially clog pores and exacerbate certain skin conditions, especially acneic skin.
  • Toluene: Toluene is a solvent often used in nail polish and hair products. It can be harmful if inhaled
    and may cause skin irritation.
  • Oxybenzone and Octinoxate: These are common chemical sunscreens that have raised
    concerns due to their potential impact on coral reefs and their potential to be absorbed into the
  • Alcohol (Denatured Alcohol or SD Alcohol): Alcohol can be drying and irritating to
    the skin, particularly if it’s listed high in the ingredient list.
  • Artificial Colors: Synthetic colors are often added to products for aesthetic purposes. Some of these colors may cause skin sensitivities or allergic reactions in certain individuals.
  • Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone is sometimes used to lighten hyperpigmented areas. It’s a controversial ingredient due to its potential side effects, including skin irritation and concerns about long-term use.

Keep in mind that ingredient sensitivity can vary widely from person to person. If you're uncertain about a particular ingredient or its effects on your skin, it's a good idea to consult with Park Avenue Plastic Surgery’s Medical Aesthetician, Joan. Joan will conduct a thorough skin analysis while discussing your current skincare regimen and how it can be improved to reach your skincare goals!

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