Skin Care to Avoid

Chapter 6

Skin Care To Avoid

Look. You absorb all sorts of stuff through your skin.  This is the simple rule that many will not like, AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE.  

***IF YOU WOULDN’T EAT IT, YOU SHOULDN’T PUT IT ON YOUR BODY***

This includes anythink you put on or in your body, including lotions, creams, sunscreens, hair dyes, perfumes, even nail polish

All your skincare oils need to be refined (shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil ...)

WATCH FOR THESE NAMES

  • Squalene
  • Avoid any unrefined oils or butters.
    • This includes unrefined shea butter particularly!
  • “Natural” sources of Vitamin A can come from fish liver oils, egg yolk, lemongrass, wheat germ oil, sea buckthorn oil, red palm oil, and carotenes from vegetables like carrots.
  • If something contains “plant extracts” and it is red or yellow or pink or orange or green or purple in color, it probably contains significant carotenoids and shouldn’t be used.
  • Essential oils are *extremely* concentrated plant extracts, and thus would concentrate carotenes / carotenoids. The only essential oils that are approved are those made from foods / herbs / spices on the OK foods list.
    • Bergamot is not OK
    • Calendula is not OK
  • Vitamin A
  • “Vitamin A added”
  • Pro-Vitamin A
  • Dry Formed Vitamin A
  • Retinoid
  • Retinol
  • Retinyl palmitate
  • Carotenoids/carotenes including beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, astaxanthin,  zeaxanthin, crocin
  • All-Trans-Retinol
  • All-Trans-Vitamin A Alcohol
  • All-trans-retinoic-acid (ATRA)
  • Acon
  • Afaxin
  • Agiolan
  • Alphalin
  • 3,7-dimethyl-9- (2,6,6-trimethyl-1-cyclohexen-1-YL) -2,4,6,8-nonatetraen-1-ol
  • 3,7-dimethyl-9-(2,6,6-trimethyl-1-cyclohexen-1-yl)-2,4,6,8-nonatetraen-1-ol, (all-E)-Isomer

AVOID synthetic Vitamin A in medications (topical / skin, oral, and injectable):

  • All-trans-retinoic-acid (ATRA)
  • Tretinoin (aka Accutane, Retin A, Avita, Atralin Renova)
  • Tazarotene (aka Tazorac, Avage)
  • Adapalene (Differin)
  • Ziana (tretinoin plus antibiotic clindamycin)
  • Tri-Luma (tretinoin with skin bleaching hydroquinone and steroid fluocinolone)
  • Topical versions of Isotretinoin (Isotrex and Isotrexin)
  • HPR (Hydroxypinnacolone Retinoate)
  • Aquasol A (injectable form of Vitamin A)

Articles from the Environmental Working Group about Vitamin A compounds in cosmetics and sunscreens: