Monday, March 06, 2017

Skin products may mislead

Here's the skinny for today--don't believe anything you read on skin and beauty product packages.

Some language is strictly guff--for marketing, selling the dream as it were (silky, anti-aging). Other words may mean different things on different products. This according to Rajani Katta, MD, clinical asst professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

Example: "For sensitive skin" and "hypoallergenic" are terms not regulated by the FDA. There is no guarantee these products won't irritate your skin.

Also--be wary of "all natural." Remember--Katta says--poison ivy is "all natural."  These products can also have harmful preservatives.

Other products may say "frangrance free," but there is fragrance--it's to make it more moist, rather than to add a scent, but it's there.

To protect your own skin--try a test site--say, a small amount on your forearm before slathering it all over you.

If you already have skin inflammation--nix the new products--your skin's protective barrier is already compromised.

And--bear in mind that allergic reactions can take a couple of days to show up. By then, you may not even know what caused the rash.

Above all--price is no guarantee of purity, gentleness, or effectiveness...this is from me. Some of that department store stuff can cost a fortune and still make you break out or turn red.

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