Most Common Skin Irritants

It is very common to see clients with skin irritations like dermatitis, Eczema, breakouts and rashes that can be traced back to a certain ingredient used in everyday life. When this happens, it is necessary to perform an investigation into what that ingredient is…and this is difficult as there are a ton of them out there.

This great article about the 10 Most Common Skin Irritants lists the 10 categories of irritating ingredients, and thought we’d share it.

The most irritating ingredients found in skin care seem to be sunscreens, soaps, color, fragrance, preservatives and other synthetic fillers. It is noted that active ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Retinoids can cause irritation if used improperly – and we wholeheartedly agree. These active ingredients need to be used in the proper amounts and not overdone. You also need to be very careful about sun and heat overexposure when using them.

“Fragrances and preservatives, ingredients commonly found in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals, are the most common causes of allergic reactions. More than 5,000 fragrances are used in products; however, less “allergenic” fragrances have been developed to minimize this problem.” – American Academy of Dermatology

It’s a good idea to limit the amount of potentially irritating ingredients from your skin care, body care, hair care, household products, and clothing. Don’t get too overwhelmed just yet, though! There’s no need to stop everything unless you are experiencing some sort of skin rash. Just take a look at what your skin comes in contact with daily and become more familiar with the ingredients or chemical substances involved. If you find that your skin is exposed to more irritants than you’d like, find greener, cleaner alternatives.

Topical application of pure coconut oil can sometimes calm irritation, but it is important to eliminate the offending ingredient in order to clear the irritation. Applying medicated creams like steroids will only suppress the irritation, so they are not recommended unless absolutely necessary. Even then, I don’t recommend them until after you’ve discovered the source of the irritation.

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And, for more information on green household products, visit:
http://www.seventhgeneration.com/
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/go-green/green-cleaning/

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