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Allergy prompts reassessment of beauty and cleaning products

Published on Wednesday 23rd April 2014 in Eczema

In July last year we published an article called "Is this the skincare chemical flaring up your eczema or dermatitis?" Following on from this, I was interested to find this article in an American newspaper earlier in the month. It points again to the importance of reading labels and being aware of what is in the products you are using.

Girl with eczema

Sadly, until problems arise, most of us do not take too much care in what we use. It's usually when the skin erupts or other problems occur that we start to investigate the cause. This lady was lucky enough to be offered patch testing, which would be unlikely in this country. However, whether eczema or sensitive skin is your problem, an investigative attitude towards ingredients is a precautionary measure we can all take towards the products we use.

We tend to think that if a product is available on the market, it must be safe. Methylisothiazolinone is an ingredient that is being recognised by doctors and skin specialists as being one cause of an increase in eczema.

"Allergy prompts reassessment of beauty and cleaning products"

Often one's first reaction to skin problems is to try to counteract them by applying another lotion to alleviate the problem, rather than looking for the cause, eliminating it if possible and using gentle healing creams to help the skin heal. 

" ...Methylisothiazolinone has a history of being a potent allergen and was even named 2013's "Allergen of the Year" by the American Dermatitis Society. ...Since the mid-2000s when inorganic preservatives were being phased out, MI has been used more often and in more products. Therefore, people are becoming increasingly sensitive to it. There are a growing number of cases of rashes and atopic dermatitis caused by MI exposure in the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan."  

Don't be lulled into thinking that all so-called "natural" or "organic" products are safe. Even some of these can contain harmfull ingredients. All our toiletries and cleaning products list the ingredients and do not contain harsh chemicals and preservatives.

"The potential dangers of continuous exposure to MI are still unknown. Several studies have shown that MI used in industry seeps into the water supply and is toxic to marine life, including fish. Studies in mice have shown that MI can be mildly neurotoxic. However, studies as MI as a carcinogen are limited and inconclusive." Read the full article here.

The good news is that there are alternatives and you don't need to compromise on quality

Don't be lulled into thinking that all so-called "natural" or "organic" products are always safe. Even some of these can contain harmfull ingredients. All our toiletries and cleaning products list the ingredients and do not contain harsh chemicals and preservatives. There is a wide range of toletries and cleaning products available that will not expose you to many of the harmful ingredients contained in the more readily available products. 


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