We often see the advice from cosmetic marketers and commentors on the Beauty Brains that natural products are better. They say people should avoid synthetic chemicals and stick with natural things. The truth is that such advice is simplistic, unscientific, and often just wrong. Consider the story of Ashleigh Morris.
Ashleigh is a 19-year-old who has suffered from a skin disorder called Aquagenic Urticaria for the last 5 years. When her skin is exposed to water (like in a shower, pool, or bath) it reacts and forms sore, itchy red lumps that don’t go away for a couple of hours. The type of water doesn’t matter. It can be pure spring water, distilled or even tap water.
Allergic to everything
And how about the story of Laura Weaver. Her skin condition makes her allergic to almost everything. This includes compounds found in fragrances, but also includes natural things like dairy products, some fruits, wheat, and peanuts. The advice to use “natural” ingredients is terrible for Laura. In fact, she only gets relief by using products like Eucerin which are based on Petrolatum and Mineral Oil.
Beauty Brains Bottom Line
While most people are not allergic to any of the chemicals they are normally exposed to in cosmetics, some people are. These allergies can be to synthetic ingredients, but also natural things like fruit extracts, wheat, peanuts, and even water. Blindly following the advice of natural ingredient based cosmetic marketers is not recommended. Everyone is different and only through personal experimentation can you find what works best for you.
Do you have an allergy that makes your skin break out? Leave a comment and let the rest of the Beauty Brains community know. And if you’re not sure, read our previous post on how to tell the difference between irritation and an allergic response.