Can Natural Products Irritate Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin questionQuestion:  I have sensitive skin so I switched to all natural  products made with sustainable ingredients. Now my skin  has actually gotten worse.  My doctor wants me to use a steroid cream to clear it up.  Do you have a healthier solution?

Answer:  This  is the third email with a similar problem that  has shown up in  my mail box  this spring.The sad truth is that almost anything can irritate the skin.While natural and sustainable ingredients sound healthier and less irritating than products formulated with chemicals, a new ingredient made from sustainable ingredients  has been named  “Allergen of the Year”  by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

Called Alkyl Glucoside, it is made from coconut oil and simple starches like potato, corn, or wheat. It sounds like the perfect ingredient if you care … Continue Reading…

#2 Cause of Adult Acne

Many derms believe that  make-up and skin care products are  key triggers for adult breakouts. Dubbed Acne Cosmetica, it is usually seen  around the mouth, chin and jaw line. There are three ways  that  an anti-aging product   can  cause teenage  problems:

1.   Too Rich in Oil–

It’s  probably not news  that heavy, oily beauty aids can block pores and  provoke problems. Some oils cause more problems than others.  Lanolin is at the top of the list, closely followed by cocoa butter, mineral oil,  coconut oil, and jojoba oil.  If you’ve  had frequent breakouts, best  bet would be to go oil-free.

2. Fragrance–

The perfume additives that are used to scent a product have a  long history of driving acne  eruptions.  They create inflammation and it’s this irritation  which leads to a series of events in … Continue Reading…