Ingredients You Need to Absolutely Avoid in Skincare Products
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Ingredients You Need to Absolutely Avoid in Skincare Products

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When it comes to skincare products, there are ingredients that cause more harm than good.

Next time, you are shopping for skin care products, don’t just simply seek out popular ingredients. Make sure when you read the back of the skincare label that it doesn’t contain any of these 10 ingredients below:

Synthetic Colors

Synthetic colors are commonly found in skincare products with names commonly starting with the letters FD&C. They have been labeled as a carcinogen i.e. a substance that can cause cancer, and has also been associated with ADHD in some tests conducted on children.


This ingredient is what gives your cosmetics a longer shelf life. However, this is not all that they do. Exposure to parabens has been associated with a marked increase in the risk of breast cancer. Some biopsy reports have also found traces of parabens in breast tumors. Look out for the ingredients: butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben—they can also be listed as Alkyl para hydroxy benzoates.
Better alternative: It’s still important to make sure your skincare product does keep shelf-life in mind.  So instead, opt for ingredients such as ethylhexylglycerin (which is plant-derived) or phenoxyethanol, another alternative to parabens, a naturally derived ether alcohol.

Fragrance or Triethanolamine

These synthetic fragrances can make the skincare product a lot more appealing, however, they are also harming your skin and health in general. They can negatively impact the reproductive system, aggravate allergies, cause respiratory issues, and lead to dermatitis.


These chemicals are found in products like nail polishes, hair sprays, lotions, and perfumes. They can lead to endocrine disorders, reproductive disorders, and can lead to a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Although they’re approved by the FDA, we don’t want to take chances with this truly toxic skincare ingredient.


This chemical is often added to cosmetic and skincare products to prevent the growth of bacteria. This too is a human carcinogen and can lead to nasal cancer, as well as damage the immune system and cause allergic reactions to the skin.

Propylene Glycol

This chemical is included in many skincare products due to its skin conditioning properties. But that is only one side of the coin. On the other, propylene glycol causes skin conditions such as hives and dermatitis, even at very low concentrations. So for those with sensitive skin, steer clear.


This chemical can be found in skincare products under various names such as benzene, phenylmethane, toluol, and methylbenzene etc. Apart from skincare products, it is also an active ingredient in paint thinners due to its potency as a solvent. The chemical can harm your respiratory system, cause skin irritation, nausea, and can impede the development of the fetus if used by pregnant women.


From Alzheimer’s to breast cancer, aluminum can wreak havoc on your body. It is commonly found in deodorants and other skincare products.


Dioxins don’t decompose easily, so they remain in our bodies for a long time and continue to harm us. Dioxins can cause disruptions in the endocrine system, increase the risk of cancer, and impede organ development.


It’s not just what is in the skincare products that can harm you, but also what they are packaged in. A large majority of skincare products have plastic-based packaging. The main compound in plastic, Bisphenol A, can absorb into the product and harm the skin. This BPA is then absorbed through the skin and mimics the properties of estrogen leading to a hormonal imbalance and all the problems associated with that. Make sure you’re conscious of where the packaging comes from as well.

Beedewy cannot be held responsible for any actions made, implied or expressed by anyone as a result of this guidance. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are in no way intended to heal, prevent or treat any illness. Please consult your doctor if you are seeking medical advice.