Did I just say Vaseline? The Vaseline that is almost a panacea to every skin problems. Yes. From minor bruises to burns, sprained ankles, dry skin, cracked lips (harmattan destroyer) and plenty other beautiful uses. Vaseline is NOT the problem,your lotion and cream are your problems.
But what is this guy really talking about?
Please continue reading.
I meant you should STOP USING THAT BODY CREAM that “tarnishes your image” which you may not even know.
I am writing this to help you figure out what’s wrong with your skin, what you are doing wrong and what you MUST do if you want to look good again.I am also writing in response to requests I get from readers of my blog asking for suggestions about their skin problems and body lotions to use.
I didn’t mean our beloved Vaseline that has been helping mankind for ages now.
Your body cream or lotion, the ones you bought with your hard earned money may be the major culprit causing you to spend more money to treat yourself or, to correct the harm it has caused. If opening up your cosmetics bag feels akin to crossing a minefield because you’re never sure which product might trigger an itchy rash or painful breakout, it’s time to get a better handle on your beauty allergies.
The products you use can cause either some irritant or allergic reactions. Both issues are not to be taken lightly as the skin is an important organ and can easily be damaged.
The beauty products most likely to cause skin reactions include bath soaps, detergents, antiperspirants, eye makeup, moisturizers, shampoos, long-wearing lip stains, nail polish (especially those that have formaldehyde), and fingernail glue containing methcrylate. You can get a pen and paper to note down these chemicals mentioned here because you will need to check if your products have them.
Hair dyes can also cause skin reactions, especially those containing p-phenylenediamine as well as ammonium persulfate used to lighten hair.
How would I know if my cream is the problem?
I will give you some clues to help you detect what could be causing your skin problems and how to avoid it. Please read carefully. However, I’d also like to state that all skins are not the same, hence two people using the same product may not react same way. One may not even react at all.
There are certain scientifically known chemicals or preparations that can cause allergies or irritations(and these reactions come in different ways, including darkening or bleaching). The first thing you need to do is to know them and check if they are contained in whatever you’re using,what you used or have been using. What are they?
Flu season and the ongoing swine flu epidemic have made hand-washing a frequent ritual, and in some cases, it’s the soap that causes the itchy rashes creeping up on palms and fingertips. If your hands are inflamed, steer clear of any soaps or sanitizers with this antibacterial agent. We all recall Ebola and how many times one needed to wash hands. It later became a habit and some folks still go about with sanitizers and other products. Please check.
It may seem completely harmless, but anyone with a nut allergy could find themselves with a heightened sensitivity to it. The Food Allergy Research and Resource Programme does not comment on the use of shea nut butter in soap or skin care products. Contact with broken skin could conceivably be a route of sensitisation (the process in which someone becomes allergic to something in the first place). This is a different question and one that can only be answered by research.
Certainly there have been suggestions in the medical literature that sensitization to peanut protein may occur in children through the application of peanut oil to inflamed skin.
Although no reactions to shea nut have been documented in the medical literature some doctors advise patients with tree nut allergy to use caution and avoid products that contain ingredients derived from the shea nut.Shea butter has a lot of super benefits for those who do not react to it.
While most beauty products won’t include this ultra-common makeup, skin, and haircare preservative on the ingredient list, many will have a formaldehyde-releasing agent like imidazolidinyl urea or quaternium 15, which can be equally reactive. Therefore, those who experience an allergy or irritation to formaldehyde actually have a list of names to be on the lookout for.
After you polish your nails, there is a day or two when the finish is not rock hard, and that’s when formaldehyde may be released. Your hands may not show redness because that skin is tough, but when you touch your eyes while washing or moisturizing, you can end up with dermatitis there.
Most dermatologists will concur that despite a laundry list of antiaging and acne-fighting benefits, retinoids are also a classic irritant. “They make your skin more sensitive to the sun in the summer and more prone to dryness in the winter.What really matters is the net concentration that you apply to your skin.
Using something weaker more often is better than something stronger that can only be tolerated a few times per week. If you want your antiaging without the red, raw skin, put on your retinoids for 15 minutes at night, then wash it off with a mild cleanser.
If your armpits get red or start to peel every time you roll on your antiperspirant, you may be allergic to the aluminum compounds in most of them, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the dermatology department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Unfortunately, the more powerful your wetness protection, the more likely you are to have a reaction.
It stands to reason that any product designed to slough off your skin cells might occasionally do more harm than good. This list includes salicylic acid, an oil-soluble beta-hydroxy acid used to treat acne and oily skin; topical retinoids, which normalize skin cell maturation and help promote collagen stimulation; and glycolic acid, a water-soluble alpha-hydroxy acid that is the active ingredient in most chemical peels. All of these can cause skin irritation, dryness, redness and/or burning if you over-use them.
A plasticizing ingredient commonly listed as DBP or di-n-butyl phthalate, it is used most often in the beauty world to give nail polishes increased pliability. Considered to be a potential carcinogen and possible cause of birth defects, allergic rashes and eczema, they are already banned in Europe. When shopping for lacquers, look for phthalate-free formulas. Neither Zoya nor Spa Ritual has ever used the ingredient in its lines, while Essie, OPI, and Sally Hansen altered their formulations in recent years to get rid of it.
This is a very common ingredient in many of the beauty products imported into Africa. And they are usually cheap which causes many people to afford them (it is the main ingredient in all those cheap bleaching cream). Those creams that have made many of our men and women to look like masquerades with different colors. Not only that, it makes them look older.
Medically, hydroquinone is used for lightening freckles, age spots, and other skin discolorations associated with pregnancy, skin trauma, birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapy. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Hydroquinone cream is a skin-bleaching agent. It works by inhibiting an enzyme reaction in skin cells. If you are planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding, you should not use it. You should also protect your skin from the sun during and after the use of hydroquinone cream. But looking at our people, you notice that some of these bleachers would use the cream and trek in the sun from CMS to Ojuelegba, causing severe damage to their skin. Limit sun exposure, use a sunscreen, and wear protective clothing to cover the treated areas.
“Emollients are ingredients designed to feel good on your skin,” says Perry Romanowski, a cosmetic chemist and co-founder of BeautyBrains.com. “But many of them can cause breakouts, especially for acne-prone skin.” The list of emollients to be wary of includes lanolin, coconut butter, cocoa butter, isopropyl palmitate, isostearyl isosterate, and myristyl lactate.
Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate are detergents used in everything from shampoo and body wash to baby soap — so if you’re experiencing chronic eye and/or skin irritation, you may want to try giving these products a break. These products cause drying of skin and hair and can also cause eye irritation.
How to Choose Skin-Friendly Beauty Products
For most people, beauty products are a quick, simple way to look great. But if you notice that you have skin reactions — like irritation, rashes, or allergies — to certain ingredients, these tips can help you steer clear.
- Check the label. Look for products with the fewest ingredients. This will make a bad reaction less likely.
- Do a patch test first. Before you start to use a new product, place a small amount on the inside of your elbow and wait 48 to 72 hours. If you notice no redness, swelling, itching, or burning on that spot, it’s OK for you to use.
- Spritz the smart way. Always put fragrance on your clothes, not your skin. You’ll be less likely to have a skin reaction to it. It also helps prevent the fragrance from having a bad reaction with other products you use.
- Be true to yourself. See how your skin responds. The labels “hypoallergenic,” “dermatologist tested,” “sensitivity tested,” or “non-irritating” don’t guarantee that your skin won’t react.
- Stop and soothe. If your skin reacts badly to a beauty product, stop using it immediately. You can sometimes use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help ease inflammation. In some cases, you might need a prescription-strength cream.
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