They put what into cosmetics!?

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As mentioned in my last post I was fighting with Perioral Dermatitis

Which made me wanting to know what causes it? – I want to make absolutely sure I NEVER get this again. I might have to add that I never had problems with my skin before.

Many different things are named to cause this rash (see my post about Perioral Dermatitis) “The overuse of cream” is something that didn’t slipped my mind.

Come to think of it, the majority that get this rash are Women, Women who look after them selfes – Which means that they are using creams, make up, beauty products just like me.
There is obviously a connection here. And just to be sure I got rid of that Fluorid toothpaste aswell, I will not take any chances on this.

Fluoride free toothpaste
(Even though I understand that this topic especially, is a very sensitive one but I talked to a Dentist who told me that it actually doesn’t matter if you use toothpaste or not, aslong as you are brushing. – I switched to a Vegan toothpaste.) Have you ever looked up Fluoride toxicity?
People tell me that “not swallow the toothpaste – and you will be fine” Is the key but why play with fire?
Make your own decision, I made mine.

You need to understand that beauty products is a big passion of mine, you could might even call it a hobby so all of this information broke my heart

Starting to investigate into my theorie that beauty products are actually more irritating as they are claiming to be. I’m picking up my creams, Make up – favorite products that I used for years!
They smell good and make my skin smooth.
– Lots of ingredients in every product… I can’t even pronounce them correctly. (And that should’ve been my first clue).
but not every chemical word means that it is bad! – I needed to learn to difference between them

I did google ingredients in my creams, tinted mousturizers, lipsticks – everything! and the results SHOCKED me!
This took a lot of time since, sometimes I needed to look up other words used in that sentence to be actually able to understand what’s going on. A selftought introduction in Chemics if you want so.

Thankfully, I found this helpfull post.

Excuse me, they put what into cosmetics!?!?

Here is a top 10 of beauty product ingredients you should not use – Vanessa Cunningham put this list together, click here to get to her article.

Parabens – These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. There had been many health concerns – but this Ingredient is still used. why? because it’s cheap.

Fragrance – “This particular category is pretty scary, because what does “fragrance” mean anyway? This term was created to protect a company’s “secret formula.” But as the consumer you could be putting on a concoction that contains tons of chemicals that are hazardous to your health.” Yes, Vanessa Cunningham gets it all to the point.

Phthalates – “The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate and dimethyl phthalate. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females.” – Am I the only one who get’s scared by reading this?

Triclosan – This is intresting, when I look this up in Swedish – I get a lot of information about this ingredient, When I change the language to english it disapears. But it basically says that people are debating about this ingredient in Toothpaste since 1990’s. They say that the “positive” side of it (fight against bacteria is not worth the “negative” effects. (you don’t have to be a chemist to understand the lovely Orange Pictures that state that it is Irritating and a catastrophy for the enviroment. This is what Vanessa Cunningham has to say about this: “Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Studies raise concerns that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant.”

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) – SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. I know that this ingredients is in a lot of shampoo’s. Meaning using a product that has this stuff in it and combine it not knowingly with a other one leaves you with the recipe for disaster.

Formaldehyde – Vanessa Cunningham says:”Formaldehyd has been linked to occupational related cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system.” – again there is a wonderful picture of a skull infront of a smashing orange background.

Toluene – It’s irritating the skin. You should not use this when pregnant (also a very strong indicator that something isn’t good for you.)

Propylene glycol – Oh this is intresting. “It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans — these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2 percent.” – I’m getting extremly frustrated! This is for example exactly the ingredient in my SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer from Bobbi Brown – I used basically everyday – Is this the reason why I got Dermatitis?!

Sunscreen chemicals – “Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate (This is a other example of different infomation you get between the dutch wikipedia page and it’s english version) and ethoxycinnmate (when you google this there will be a variaty of sides/blogs that warn you about the above ingredients)”. So basically when you’re exposed to the sun you get cancer, when you use Sunscreen you get cancer.

Petroleum (Vaseline)– So this is what I found on this topic –the origianl article written by Spirit Demerson, founder of Spirit Beauty Lounge and alternative products can be found at

Petroleum jelly forms a seal over the skin, it disrupts the bodies process of elimination of toxins through the pores, potentially trapping them under the skin.
It creates a false sense or “feeling” of skin comfort and hydration while in fact it does nothing to nurture, heal or restore natural moisture to the skin. (thinking that it comes from oil/which is a bunch of dead organisms, it makes perfect sense – and makes it pretty Yucky)
It’s used as a base for cosmetics and medications because it stays on the skin but, while it is classified as non-comedogenic, it is also water-repellant and not water-soluble, making it difficult to cleanse from the skin. Even a minimal daily application can build up in the pores and attract dirt and bacteria, causing breakouts and skin irritation.

So what does all of this information left me with? – Panic!

If I can’t use all af the ingredients above (they’re only 10 and are basically everywhere in everything), what can I use?
Who to trust? Do I have to study Chemistry do be able to make good decisions about what I can use on my skin and what I should leave?
But rescue was on it’s way.

I tell you about it in my next post.

What is you’re experience?
let me know, and leave a comment below.

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