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These Chemicals and Chemical-Based Products Are Taking a Toll on Your Skin!

Chemical exposure to skin can cause it to droop and sag prematurely. Most users of cosmetic anti-aging products do not understand the ill effects of using too many chemicals on their skin. Several synthetic agents used in cosmetics and everyday products often trigger patch drying, allergic reactions, and other kinds of irritations. Here are some signs to know if the chemicals you use cause inflammation, blistering, and even certain skin conditions. Toxicity in such chemicals causes irreversible damage to your skin. Here’s how.

Home Cleaners

In a bid to keep a clean house, you might be using chemical home cleaners for quite some time now. Inadvertently, you expose yourself to harmful toxic chemicals that take a toll on your skin. Inflammation, dry skin, etc., are common effects of exposing yourself to home cleaners laden with chemicals.

Such cleaning agents contain bleach, ammonia, aerosol, dichlorobenzene. This apart, it has several other harmful chemicals that can cause skin rashes.

Petroleum Distillates

Shampoos, antiperspirants, body washes, cleansers, and other cosmetics contain petroleum distillates. This can weaken your immunity system, and leave you with allergic reactions on your skin. Though the products are meant for skincare, they often cause adverse reactions. That’s because of the unsuitability of certain agents.


Some sunscreens may contain carcinogenic substances that can increase the risk of skin cancer. Fine lines and crow feet develop on your skin if you use them for a long time. It even blocks the skin pores, preventing it from absorbing vitamin D, which enriches the skin. Such agents can also act as hormone disrupters.


Perfumes have chemicals that not just cause respiratory problems but also trigger hyperpigmentation. So, the next time a perfume gives you a headache, remember that that’s not the worse side effect of perfume.

Avoid using deodorants often as continuous use causes pigmentation disorders in certain parts of the body. Do not use the perfumes that act as sweat blockers. That’s because they jam the pores, which blocks the toxin release from your body.

Alcohol and Alcohol-Based Products

Alcohol can be good and bad. The list of bad alcohol comprises propanol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and SD alcohol, among others. These have a detrimental effect on your skin, causing irritation. Aside from that, they tend to rob your skin of natural protection. Alcohol destroys all the substances that shield your skin in the long run. This means alcohol might give you a feel-good effect as they are light and don’t give a greasy texture to your skin. However, they destroy the skin barrier, thus resulting in the growth of bacteria which causes acne and inflammation.


Formaldehyde is a colorless and flammable gas used in cosmetics and skin care products as a preservative. It is also used in lotions, makeup, nail polish, as well as deodorants, aside from several other products. Exposure to formaldehyde, even on a short-term basis, can lead to breathing difficulties, skin irritation, a burning feeling in the nose, and watery eyes, too, especially when you inhale it. Experts think that formaldehyde is a human carcinogen. If your profession requires exposing yourself to even a small amount of this gas, you have to make sure that your workspace has ample ventilation.

Polyethylene Glycol

PEG compounds are used as softeners and thickeners in cosmetics. They also act as absorption enhancers. Thus making way for faster absorption of good as well as bad ingredients deep into your skin. If you apply PEG compounds on broken skin, it can cause irritation. PEGs play a significant role in bringing down the moisture levels of your skin. This, in turn, accelerates the aging process.

The products and chemicals are likely to harm your skin in more than one way if you use them for longer periods. However, if rashes start to erupt soon after the use, you should immediately stop. If the condition persists or worsens, you should consult a dermatologist immediately. Some chemicals have severe but late effects. Hence, next time you buy a product, do not get carried away by the flashy advertisements. Check the list of ingredients at the back of the bottle before paying for it. Also, don’t forget to check with your skin specialist if the product is ideal for your skin type!

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