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Top 11 Skincare ingredients to Avoid

Want a go to list that you can look at and refer to for products that you should be avoiding and why? I wanted that too! It's so confusing and so much to look at and remember. So I made one. I hope this list is helpful and keeps your skin on the right track to success.






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First things first, I'm not a doctor and I'm not here to give any medical advice. I'm simply sharing what I have found over years and years of using skin care products. I struggled with a ton of different skin issues and have finally found what makes my skin feel happy! . I was so over feeling itchy and flaky. My face was breaking out or peeling constantly. I felt like it was always something, hives one day and shingles the next.


Until It dawned on me one day. The ingredients that they put in our products were making things worse! It was like a light bulb went off. OF COURSE my skin was having issues! Look at all the horrible products I was loading on day in and day out. So I started doing some digging. What ingredients are they putting in what? why are they doing it? How is it affecting us? This is not an exhaustive list by any means but a list of the most commonly used products that we should be avoiding. I'm so excited to share this list with you and get you on your way to finding cleaner products for happier, healthier skin!


  • Parabens - preservative used in a lot of cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. There are suggestions that it is linked to cancer.

  • Triclosan - It is harmful to our environment. It also interferes with hormone function.

  • Phthalates - This is a bunch of chemicals used to soften plastic.

  • Fragrance - Most are artificial (unless an essential oil) and is an irritant for eczema.

  • Siloxanes - Softens, smooths and moistens skin. Awesome, right? Wrong. It can impair human fertility.

  • PEGS - This is used as a base and thickener for cosmetics. It can cause irritation and system toxicity.

  • Oxybensone - Is the most used ingredient in sunscreen, and is the most harmful ingredient in any product we use. It can penetrate the skin and cause photo-sensitivity.

  • Diethanolamine, Monoethanolamine, Trethanolamine (DEAs) - can cause serious damage to our health over a prolonged period of time.

  • Phenylenediamine (PPD) Found in a lot of hair color and is a main cause of allergic reactions.

  • DMDM Formaldehyde - Found in nail polish and hair products. Used to make for a longer shelf-life. But it also can cause cancer.

  • Citronella - Canada has banned this because it is so toxic.

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