When it comes to your skin it is always good to know what products you are using and what kind of chemicals they contain. Certain chemicals used in skin care products are known for their negative effects, so knowing what type of chemicals to avoid is a must.Your skin and your health are two of the most important things.Some cosmetic products claim that they contain natural herbal extracts but if you check the label, you might be surprised of what you might find.

Here are a few examples of harmful chemicals used in skin care products:

Mineral oil, paraffin wax, paraffin oil are petroleum derived products which clog pores and can cause skin problems and acne.Sodium Laureth Sulfate can become carcinogen if combined with other types of chemicals.Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is used for foam car washes, engine degreasers and other type of cleaners that foam. It is also used in shampoos because it is less expensive than Sodium Laureth Sulfate but more harmful as well. It can create certain skin damage.Talc powder has been associated with the increase of ovarian cancer if used too often for the genital area.Toluene is a toxic chemical compound which can irritate the skin.Sodium Hydroxide is very toxic and can irritate the skin, in high dosage it can even cause burns and scaring.Rancid oils used in skin care products oxidize relatively quickly and they can cause skin damage and premature skin aging.Propylene or Butylene Glycol can cause weak cellular structure, irritations and dermatitis.Lanolin can be harmful if the sheep’s wool from which the lanolin is extracted was contaminated with any type of chemicals.Fragrance is a word that can describe a few thousands of ingredients which can be toxic. It can produce rashes, irritations and skin discoloration.Isothiazolinone can cause burns and contact dermatitis for some people who are susceptible to dermatitis.

So, look at the labels before you purchase any cosmetic products, to protect your skin from any type of skin problems that might be due to your skin care products.