While standing at the counter of a highly publicised acne treatment recently, I could not help but overhear the warning given by the sales assistant to the customer. Apparently the product bleaches towels and bed linen! Further, the product must not be used near the eyes or on the neck as it is very drying amd causes damage to the skin leading to wrinkles! Two warnings that should have rung loud alarm bells, yet the customer quite happilly purchased a “pack” of numerous items.
Until recently the ingredients, other than benzoyl peroxide, were not listed on any of the products. Some of these ingredients include methylparaben, propylparaben – both known toxins causing numerous allergic reactions; aluminium – known toxic metal linked to Alzheimer’s; polyethyline glycol – which is a potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and reduce the skin’s natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of aging and leave you more vulnerable to bacteria; propylene glycol – a petroleum derivative. It penetrates the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats! The EPA considers PG so toxic that it requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles and to dispose of any PG solutions by burying them in the ground. Because PG penetrates the skin so quickly, the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.
Where you get acne may indicate why you have it:
Acne can appear on the face, cheeks, jawline, ‘T’-zone or on the back. Did you know that where your acne appears may provide clues as to the cause. For example, acne on the back – in males and females – is generally an indicator of hormonal imbalances, usually elevated testosterone. Acne along the jawline, especially prior to menses, is associated with excess oestrogen. ‘Angry’ acne on cheeks and forehead may be linked to gut dysbiosis or internal toxins.
A thorough health assessment by a qualified natural therapist may reveal the underlying cause thereby providing an avenue of actually treating acne successfully. Don’t be temped to find a ‘quick fix’ which may ultimately be more damaging to your long term health and skin complexion.
The natural alternatives:
Using natural skin care products which balance oiliness rather than just drying your skin and removing all oil (damaging the structure of skin cells) will help heal acne and prevent scarring. Furthermore, natural products are safe to use on all areas of your face and body as there are no dangerous chemicals which can cause damage to delicate skin. Harsh products may lead to premature ageing and early formation of wrinkles.