The beauty industry is a fascinating world made up of many strange names. Most of these are attached to the various ingredients you can find on any given product label. You honestly don’t need to worry about the majority of them as they tend to be specialized forms of things you already know about like vitamin C. The only thing making them seem foreign is simply the need to be specific on ingredient labels. Not everything on those labels is entirely friendly though. Some ingredients can actually end up doing you more harm than good. OROGOLD has put together a quick look at some skin care ingredients that you should avoid. These are generally left over in products from an earlier time and aren’t there out of malice. The products are simply a little behind the times.

Unspecified Fragrance
Most people enjoy having a pleasant smell accompany them. This is why we look for fragrances in some of our products or select a dedicated one for our personal use. Scent is a powerful mental stimulus. The trick is that you want to know what’s providing the scent that you’re wearing. Low-quality products often include listings as simple as “Fragrance” on their labels. This isn’t terribly promising given that you can’t know what goes into it. The most problematic part of it is that the quality of the product sometimes guarantees that the ingredients in that compound can be skin irritants. Ideally, you should be using products of a high enough quality that you should never see “Fragrance” on the label, but we all occasionally need a quick purchase on vacation when we forget something. Try to avoid mistakenly getting a product like this though.

Sodium Lauryl & Laureth Sulfate
Sometimes the issue with an ingredient isn’t necessarily what it can do on its own, but what it can do when it gets together with the wrong friend. Both sodium lauryl and laureth sulfate are relatively common in the skin care industry. They’re useful, but they can cause skin irritation under the right circumstances if the concentration is too high. OROGOLD would like to highlight that this is a problem, but it isn’t the biggest one. The largest one is the potential that it has for interacting with other ingredients in lower quality products where there is less care paid. Both ingredients can combine with other compounds to form carcinogenic compounds. Don’t worry to excess if you see them on a label, but ideally, you should try to avoid them unless you’re dealing with a high-quality brand that you trust. Avoid it entirely if you have acne prone skin though as there have been some studies that suggest a direct link between these compounds and breakouts.

Yes, alcohol is used in a number of skin care products. The industry most commonly uses it with oil control and toning products. There is nothing inherently bad about it as an ingredient. However, it is somewhat problematic due to its tendency to dry out skin excessively. Most of the time you should be using products that utilize alpha hydroxy acids or salicylic acid in the same role you’d otherwise use an alcohol-based product. This is particularly true if you have problems with dry skin. Alcohol is something of an antiquated ingredient at this point thanks to having suitable replacements, but it does make a useful ingredient for those that can’t use more common ingredients. We suggest avoiding it in most products just to guard against needing to worry about excess dryness.

The dizzying number of ingredients used in skin care means there will inevitably be some that don’t agree with everyone’s skin. We’ve chosen to highlight potentially problematic ingredients as any outright harmful ingredients don’t see regular use. OROGOLD does wish to highlight that ingredients are constantly being tested and examined when health claims are made against their use to ensure that skin care remains care. If you’re worried, feel free to check reputable sources for other ingredients known to have issues in skin care. Just remember to look for actual medical sources to back up any claims though.

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