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Beauty Products: Many Are Health Hazards

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Maybe you do have sensitive skin. Or maybe you're just sensitive to your mositurizer.

If that's the case you could have contact dermatitis. Contact dermitis can take a number of different forms. Allergic reactions are a disturbance to your immune system. Irritant reactions are skin-deep.

Lynne Greene is Clinique's global president. She became aware of harsh effects on the skin when travelling recently. "But while the detrimental effects of environmental aggressors may be beyond our control, what we put on our skin can be monitored, says Greene. And a number of reactions, both allergic and irritant, can be traced back to one of these culprit ingredients:"

Phthalates are plasticizing agents also called di-n-butyl phthalateS (DBP) and are used in nail polishes, for example. Phthalates are possible carcinogens that may cause birth defects, rashes and eczema.

Shea butter is fine for most people but if you have a nut allergy, watch out. Triclosan is an antibacterial agent used in some soaps and can cause rashes and inflammation.

Check out the rest of this list of harmful ingredients.


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