Avoid these Ingredients When Buying Facial Products

Avoid these potentially harmful ingredients in facial care products.
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Avoid these potentially harmful ingredients in facial care products.
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Alpha hydroxy acids (specificallylacticandglycolic acids)
They’re sometimes used in skin products that promise to remove wrinkles and blemishes, but FDA-sponsored studies have found that levels of UV-related skin damage doubled in people following the use of a product with alpha hydroxy acids.

Hydroquinone
A skin-bleaching chemical, hydroquinone has been linked to a skin disease called ochronosis, which causes blue-black lesions. In animal studies, hydroquinone has also caused tumor development.

Vitamin A compounds for daytime products (retinyl palmitate, retinylacetate, retinoicacid, andretinol)
A skin-conditioning agent used in sunscreens, lotions, and face and lip moisturizers, vitamin A compounds can, if not neutralized by other ingredients, break down in sunlight and produce toxic free radicals that can damage DNA and has-ten skin lesions and tumors, according to animal studies.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and Ceteareth compounds
These conditioning and cleaning agents used as surfactants and emulsifiers are often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is considered a probable human carcinogen by the EPA.

Unspecified fragrance
(See Avoid These Ingredients When Buying Makeup).

Parabens
(see Avoid These Ingredients When Buying Makeup).

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