Sounds strange to say that consumers need to be aware and cautious about using skin care products that can be harmful to your skin, but it is very much a reality. As consumer awareness increases, it has nowbecome clear that many of the skin care products and ingredients within them have proven to cause both short term as well as long term damage to the skin. From certain cleansers to acne treatments and even in wrinkle creams, consumers are faced with ingredients that have been in the industry for years, and their names are recognizable to them, but they have proven to cause severe damage to the skin. The author examines some of the ingredients to avoid and what consumers can do to be sure to protect themselves from the potential damages that exist in the skin care industry.
The first thing that you need to realize is that you are not exempt from this concern. In fact, the likelihood that you have a product in your bathroom that can cause potential damage is very high. In order to protect yourself, you must first realize that you are in danger and should take steps to protect both you and your family. For consumers, protection begins with awareness; so consumers should become knowledgeable about the products that they use, the active ingredients within them and what, if any, are the side effects.
One of the largest examples of products like this is in the acne treatment niche. For decades consumers have used and felt confident in using products that contain the active ingredient Benzoyl Peroxide, despite documented and glaring concerns. This chemical based acne treatment has proven to generate free radicals within the skin leading to severe premature aging as well a far larger concern with prolonged use. Consumers that have used this product at length are also at risk of Benzoyl Peroxide causing tumors within the skin; imagine that. The FDA originally expressed their concerns about the product over 15 years ago changing the status of the ingredient to a much higher risk category and launched a series of long term tests, that are still waiting to be released. In the meantime consumers are using these products for both themselves as well as their children with little to no knowledge of the issue.
The FDA did mandate the documentation of these concerns on the labels of these products, yet consumers still remain unaware. They feel confident in the companies integrity or are swayed by a celebrity endorsement, but either way they are exposing both themselves and their loved ones to severe damage, or at the least significant premature aging. It is this that needs to change. Consumers need to read reviews of products, they need to investigate the clinical studies of active ingredients. Consumers should be aware that there are risks and approach each purchase with caution and diligence, making sure there are no concerns about the well being of consumers that use this product. As with acne treatment, where Resveratrol has proven to outperform Benzoyl Peroxide, there is often an all natural, risk free alternative that provides the same level of results without any of the concerns. Take the time to care about your skin and the skin of others, do the research, find the best products, the time you invest will come back to you ten-fold by using the highest quality products.