This expert is warning these ingredients trigger adult acne

This expert is warning these ingredients trigger adult acne

This expert is warning these ingredients trigger adult acne

Cassandra Green

Are you using these products on your skin?

Photo: @shaymitchell

Walking into the skincare section at SEPHORA is like a four-year-old walking into Wonka’s candy land. You pick up a bit of this and that, and then an employee sells you on a debatable facial peel that costs more than a nice handbag – but it’s all worth it, it’s for your skin right?

Experts – such as Dr Donna Marcal, a biochemist and Founder of Dermatonics – suggest that it actually might not be as good for you as you think.

In fact, Marcal tells mybody+soul that the average woman uses 12 personal care products a day, containing around 168 unique ingredients, some of which are harsh chemicals. In correlation, adult acne has increased 200 per cent within the last 12 months. Coincidence? Dr Marcal thinks not.

“Women in their 30’s and 40’s start to see lines and begin investing in cleansers and creams in the hope of slowing down the ageing process,” explains Dr Marcal. “But instead they end up with blemishes and even eczema,”

Acne affects 50 per cent of women in their adult lives and is driven by changes in hormone levels, poor diet and environmental factors as well as hard chemicals and preservatives found in some creams,” she adds.

The problem is also sometimes the mix of chemicals. For example, when a doctor prescribes a medication they tell you what you can and can’t take with it. But that doesn’t happen with over the counter products.

“Unknown combinations of chemicals might be interacting which could irritate the skin and in some instances, damage it.”

So what should you be using?

Marcal explains that you need a good cleanser, moisturiser and eye cream to keep the skin hydrated, but that opting for natural ingredients is always best.

When looking for natural ingredients, the powerful ones to look for are resveratrol, Kakadu plum, turmeric, pomegranate, astaxanthin and green tea.

Look for appropriate packaging

Go for an airless pump container because fewer preservatives are needed and preservatives can irritate the skin.

Creams in a jar, with a lid, need a huge amount of preservatives to stop product separation.

What should you be wary of?

These are the 5 ingredients Dr Marcal believes should come with a warning.

1. Artificial colours

"There is absolutely no need for artificial colours in skincare. Most of them are petroleum based and may even contain lead or heavy metal salts. They shouldn't be there and can be irritating to the skin and cause cell damage if used in the long term."

2. Phthalates

"These are ingredients that tend to be used to either enhance fragrances or as solvents. It is mandatory to list these ingredients as fragrance enhancers. Some phthalates have been banned from use in many parts of the world as they have been linked to hormone disruption."

3. Sodium lauryl sulfate

"SLS and other sulfates that foam are very irritating. Especially if used around the eye area, they can cause damage to the proteins in the eyes. There are many other foaming agents (including other sulfates) that are safer to use."

4. Alcohols

"Alcohols can be very drying and if they are on the top of the list of the product you are looking at, steer clear. There is no need for harsh alcohols to be in your products, especially in high concentrations."

5. Triclosan

"You may have heard about this recently as being the ingredient being banned in hand soaps. There is a good reason for this. There are concerns that it can disrupt hormones but also that it may have an impact on the aquatic environment with such increased use of these antibacterial products. In addition, there are concerns that ingredients like Triclosan are contributing to antibacterial resistance, meaning our antibiotics are not working as well on infections as they used to be. Triclosan is used to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination and is added to many soaps, cleansers, body washes and other cosmetics. There are other ingredients that are much safer that can be used in its place."

Donna Marcal is a biochemist who has extensively researched inflammation before launching Dermatonics – a skin care range that uses natural ingredients.

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