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BEWARE: Reading this article may dramatically change the acne treatments you put on your face…
Your skin is not an impenetrable barrier as what was thought years ago. Dermatologists and Scientists now agree that all chemicals that come in contact with your body can penetrate the skin in varying degrees and enter your blood stream.
This is bad news for misinformed acne sufferers, because…
Many of the ingredients used in acne products are toxic!
In 2004, the Environmental Working Group evaluated the ingredients in 7,500 personal care products for safety. They found that:
One of every 120 products on the market contains ingredients certified by government authorities as known or probable human carcinogens, including shampoos, lotions, make-up foundations, and acne treatments.
Fifty-five percent of all products assessed contain ‘penetration enhancers,’ ingredients that can increase the product’s penetration through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Nearly 70 percent of all products contain ingredients that can be contaminated with impurities linked to cancer and other health problems.
And nearly all the products (99.6%) ‘contain one or more ingredients never assessed for personal health impacts by the CIR.’
The skin care industry is very poorly regulated. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act does not require acne products, or their ingredients, to be approved before they are marketed and sold to customers.
FDA regulation starts after they are already in the marketplace! Manufacturers may use whatever ingredients they choose in the products they produce without approval from the FDA.
The FDA’s attempt at establishing official definitions for specific terms like “natural” and “hypoallergenic” were overturned in court. Consequently, companies can use these terms on cosmetic labels to mean anything they want. Mostly, the value of these terms lies in promoting acne products to the consumer rather than any real medical meaning, according to dermatologists.
Beware of products claiming to be:
- Natural – suggests that the ingredients are derived from natural sources rather than being produced synthetically. However, there are no industry standards for what natural means. The product may contain all natural ingredients, just a few natural ingredients added to a synthetic product or even no natural ingredients at all.
- Hypoallergenic – means that the manufacturer believes the product is less likely to cause allergic reactions. But there are no standards for classifying a products hypoallergenic. the manufacturer may actually test the product before classifying it as hypoallergenic, or simply remove fragrances and call it hypoallergenic. The manufacturer is not required to prove this claim. Also, the terms “dermatologist-tested,” “sensitivity tested,” “allergy tested,” or “nonirritating” do not guarantee they won’t cause allergic reactions.
- Alcohol Free – generally means the product does not contain ethyl alcohol (or grain alcohol). The product may contain fatty alcohols like cetyl, cetearyl, stearyl, or lanolin.
- Fragrance Free – means that the product has no detectable odor. Fragrance ingredients may still be added to mask offensive odors from the materials use to make the product.
- Noncomedogenic – implies that there are no pore-clogging ingredients that may cause acne in the product. The product can still be shown to cause acne, as long as it is shown not to clog the pores. We know that clogged pores is only one step in the ladder of acne causes.
- Cruelty Free – suggest that there has been no animal testing of the product. In reality, the majority of ingredients have been tested on animals at some point. A more accurate statement would be “no new animal testing,” if indeed this were the case.
- Shelf Life (Expiration Date) – gives the length of time a cosmetic product is good if handled and stored properly. Expiration dates are approximate, and in reality, a product may expire long before the expiration date.
Synthetic vs. Natural Acne Products
There are no standard definitions within the acne product industry for natural or synthetic. However, the National Organic Program (NOP) does have definitions that are accepted within the organic food industry.
Since many people are interested in knowing if ingredients in their products are natural or synthetic, the NOP definitions were used to define and classify these ingredients.
A substance that is formulated or manufactured by a chemical process or by a process that chemically changes a substance extract from naturally occurring plan, animal, or mineral sources, except that such term shall not apply to substances created by naturally occurring biological processes.
A substance that is derived from mineral, plant, or animal matter and does not undergo a synthetic process as defined in section 6,502(21) of the Act (7 U.S.C. 6502(21)). For the purposes of this part, nonsynthetic is used as a synonym for natural as the term is used in the Act.
How This Information Directly Helps You
It is clear that there is a lot to take into account when deciding on what skin care products to use. For an honest opinion on which products are best, I invite you to subscribe to our newsletter to receive the ’100% Natural Skin Care Handbook’ – feel free to read more about it here.
About the Author: George is a former acne sufferer who has cured his acne through dietary means. He is the author of, in the Focus: Your Ultimate Guide to Clear Skin. He, along with it’s strong growing community have helped several people cure their acne through diet.
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