Avoid These Skin Irritants
The following ingredients tend to be most irritating to your skin. This is not an exhaustive list and everyone’s skin is different, so it’s important to isolate your personal triggers:
- Detergents: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine
- Preservatives: Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate.
- Fragrances: ‘Parfum’ can signify artificial fragrance, which is a bad irritant. With natural essential oils care must always be taken since high doses can be irritating. Some, such as lemongrass, are irritating even at concentrations as low as 0.1%.
If you know you are allergic to a specific ingredient, it helps to read the ingredient before buying skin care products. If you don’t know what you are allergic to, do a patch test before using the product regularly. In general, the list starts with the most concentrated ingredient and ends with the least concentrated one (with some exceptions):
- Active ingredients may be in a separate list.
- Drugs will be listed first.
- Color and fragrance usually are listed last.
- When the concentration is below 1%, the ingredients might be listed in no particular order.
Should we believe the product claims when the good ingredients are at the bottom of the list?