Skin Care Products and Liver Disease: Read the Label Before You Use
BY ANNETTE WHITE
The best thing that a person with hepatitis can do is to "take a load off the liver." Most of us are familiar with some of the ways we can do this, for example, eat organic foods when possible, open the windows in our homes and cars, stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol, detoxify with herbs, and reduce stress.
How many of us consider that nourishing our skin is just as important as proper nutrition? Do we know what we are putting on our skin? Do we read the labels on our skin care products? Do we know which ingredients are toxic and thus force the liver to work overtime?
Reducing toxins that we apply to our skin can help the liver be less overloaded. Hepatitis patients especially need to be aware of the potentially liver-damaging ingredients found in many skin care products.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and functions both to eliminate from within and keep out the potentially deadly toxins that threaten its defense barrier. "The skin is very underestimated, because all of it functions in contribution to our health and well-being," says Linda Chae, an expert in the field of skin nutrition.
Avoid Toxic Ingredients and Ingredients Toxic to Your Health Condition
A note of caution to hepatitis patients: Some companies manufacture excellent skin care products that do not contain toxic substances. These companies are not manufacturing products specifically for people with hepatitis or liver disease, so some (but not all) of their products do include comfrey (allantoin is another name for comfrey). Comfrey is on the list of herbs to be avoided for hepatitis patients; this means a person can be sensitive to certain substances even when they are natural and organic (e.g. hayfever, allergies, etc.).
Read the labels carefully every time you make a purchase, and do not buy the products that contain comfrey. There is an excellent herbal remedy on the market for cold sores. However, the main herb is comfrey, so people with liver disease should not use it.
What is a person supposed to do when confronted by a plethora of skin care products that contain toxins? Here is a list of things you can do:
Be knowledgeable about proper skin care
Be aware that reducing toxins that we apply to our skin helps the liver to be less overloaded
Realize that some skin care products are not always safe
Carry the list of toxic ingredients with you and check the labels
Avoid products that contain comfrey (allantoin)
Educate yourself about ingredients that are good for the skin
Be an informed consumer
Many health food stores carry natural skin care products as well as many mail order companies. Some clerks are knowledgeable about skin care products and can help you. Check out the Web sites listed at the end of this article. If your health food store carries natural products that contain toxins, talk to the owner about your concerns.
We can't avoid many of the toxins in our environment such as: air pollution, water pollution and pesticides. But we do have a choice about the products that we use for our hair and skin care. Making wise decisions and reducing the toxins we put on our skin will go a long way toward "taking a load off our liver" and keeping us healthy and happy.
Ingredients are significant in skin care. Following is a partial list of some common ingredients found in petroleum-based skin care products that you may want to avoid:
Natural Skin Care Products which can cause Allergic Reactions and Similar Symptoms:
Comfrey (allantoin) May cause liver-related complications
Toxic / Sythetic Ingredients in Skin Care Products:
Acrylamide Found in many hand and face creams. Linked to mammary tumors in lab research. Main component in super glues.
Alcohol A dehydrator that strips our skin's moisture and immune barrier, making us more vulnerable to bacteria, molds, and viruses.
DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine) hormone disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. Restricted in Europe due to carcinogenic effects. Creates foam in shampoo, shaving creams and bubh.
Dioxane Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Common in a wide range of personal care products. The compounds are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane, easily absorbed through the skin. Dioxane's carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver are the most vulnerable. Dioxane is easily removed during the manufacturing process by "vacuum stripping." Warning: It is a synthetic derivative of coconut. Watch for hidden language (marketing phraseology loosely based on science) on labels, such as "comes from coconut."
DMDM Hydantoin & Urea (Imidazolidinyl) Preservatives that release formaldehyde and may cause joint pain, chronic fatigue, dizziness, loss of sleep. May irritate respiratory system.
Fragrance Mostly synthetic ingredients often containing animal urine or feces. May cause headaches, coughing, and skin irritation.
FD&C Color Pigments Made from coal tar containing heavy metal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin causing irritation. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.
Isopropyl alcohol (SD-40) A very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator. Can act as a "carrier" accelerating the penetration of other harmful chemicals into your skin.
Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum Petroleum by-product that clogs the pores and interferes with the skin's elimination process can result in premature aging. Suspected cause of cancer. Disruptive of hormonal activity.
Phenol carbolic acid Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.
Parabens Widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers). An estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate their connection with cancer. They have hormone-disrupting qualities mimicking estrogen and interfere with the body's endocrine system.
PEG (Polyethylene glycol) Potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and reduce the skin's natural moisture factor. Thickens products.
Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol Petroleum plastics which can weaken protein and cellular structure. Acts as a wetting agent and solvent. Used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. Shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation. (I've seen plenty of this ingredient in pet skin 'conditioners' and even in pet snacks. There are safer, more reliable products out there for you and your pets.)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners... Used in 90 percent of personal care products that foam. May damage the skin's immune system. SLS breaks down the skin?s moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to easily penetrate. Combined with other chemicals, Can be transformed into nitrosamines, a class of carcinogens. It can also cause hair loss, cataracts, and a host of other personal health problems. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling "comes from coconut" or "coconut-derived."("Derived" is the key word indicating something other than natural.)
Toluene - Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl. (This is the main component in lighter fluid. I have seen this in pet wormers and lots of deli meat products as a preservative. There are safer, more effective products.)
Triclosan Hormone disrupters. Stored in body fat. Widespread use in antibacterial cleansers, toothpastes, and household products may promote the emergence of super bugs' that it cannot kill.
Mitigating the Effects of Aging - With a Simple and Effective Treatment
As we start to get older and wiser, there are certain natural processes that occur in our bodies that are just a fact of life and there is not much we can do about it except watch and complain. As we age, there are things that happen to our skin both externally - what we see - and internally - what we don't see. As the years pass by, your skin gets thinner and the underlying fat can also start to diminish. As your skin starts to also lose some of its elasticity, it becomes drier which is also as a result of the production of less essential oils. Other effects of aging are less nerve endings in the skin and the number of sweat glands and blood vessels. These changes result in reducing the skin's ability to mitigate sun and heat exposure. So then your skin is more susceptible to sun damage.
Sun damage is one of the most common adverse affects to our skin. Long term exposure to UV rays can mean more wrinkles, irregular spots appearing and can even make your skin look leathery and rough. Photo-aging is the term used for sun damaged skin and although you can use products to mitigate the adverse effects, everyone is susceptible over time.
Smoking is something that definitely affects the look and feel of your skin. This of course is something that you can control, but if you have smoked even for a few years, you will see the side effects on your skin. Smokers can have more wrinkles, fine lines and just look older than someone who has never smoked. It's never too late to quit and so if you are a smoker, you might want to not only be concerned about your health, but also about premature aging.
But as we get older there are some things that we just do not have a lot of control over. As our skin ages it doesn't shed old skin as quickly and efficiently as it did when we were younger. So that combined with less collagen production, less elastin, the effects of sun and smoke and pollution, we are left with skin that has started to just wear down. And not all skin is made equally - some folks are just naturally more immune to the effects of the sun and indeed the effects of aging. But over time, everyone starts to look older - that's just nature.
But there is something that you can do. You can purchase your supply of Kollagen Intensiv - cream! This cream has been specially formulated to mitigate all the effects of aging on your skin. This amazing product will not only reduce wrinkles and fine lines, but it will also rid your skin of age spots, dark under-eye circles, and make your skin start to look young again. Order a three month supply today and receive another one month free. This product is fully guaranteed, so if you are not completely happy with what you start to see in the mirror, simply return the unused portion for your money back. You have nothing to lose but wrinkles and everything to gain, like your youth!
Why Does ClearPores Beat Out Other Acne Creams on the Market?
Everywhere you go and everywhere you look there is an overwhelming amount of information and products that offer huge, too-good-to-be-true claims on how they can rid your life of acne and blemishes forever. When you walk down the drug store isle you can't even count the number of bottles and jars of creams and pills that offer you clear skin for almost no money.
But usually if something is cheap, then it generally doesn't work. How many over the counter remedies have you tried that have just ended up in your bathroom cupboard, doing nothing more than taking up space and certainly not helping to clear up your skin? If you had the chance to recoup all that money and put it toward a skin cleansing system that really worked, wouldn't your rush out to do that?
Well unfortunately the majority of drug store brand acne products don't come with a money back guarantee. And haven't you often wondered why not? Well the answer is certainly clear — those products don't work and those companies are banking on your desperation to rid yourself of acne that they will sell any concoction whether it works or not just to capitalize on your situation. That certainly isn't very ethical and so not only are you left with a dent in your wallet you are also left with skin that is still riddled with blemishes.
Well luckily for you, the folks who have spent years researching and formulating the Clear Pores Skin Cleansing System really do not only know what they are doing, but put their money where their mouth is and fully guarantee their product.
The Clear Pores Skin Cleansing System is a unique approach that not only works to clear up your acne and blemishes but also works to eliminate them forever. Just imagine how your life will be once you no longer are embarrassed by the condition of your skin. Yes it is time to stop relying on drugstore products that don't deliver what they promise and put your faith and effort into a company that stands behind their products and their claims to clearer and healthier looking skin that is acne free.
The Clear Pores Skin Cleansing System is a three part, natural product that works from the inside and the outside to combat acne and blemishes. The facial cleansing product helps to remove dirt and irritants from the skin's surface and deep within the pores. The herbal supplement works from the inside to support your body's comprehensive systems to help reduce irritations and swelling of the skin and to ensure that the acne and blemishes do not reappear. The third component of the Clear Pores Skin Cleansing System is the protection cream which not only helps to keep pores clean but acts as a moisturizer as well, giving you that healthy glow that you so want to see.
So really there is no need to suffer from the adverse affects of acne any longer. You too can feel and see the benefits of the Clear Pores Skin Cleansing System almost immediately. There is no reason to wait to have your confidence return and your outlook on life improve. Order your Clear Pores Skin Cleansing System today and look forward to a healthier, happier tomorrow.
Whether you like it or not, your skin makes a statement and hints of where you're at along the journey of life. Got wrinkles? You're advancing in years. Age spots? You've spent time in the sun. Stretch marks? See below.
Stretch marks occur for a variety of reasons. The most obvious, of course, being from pregnancy. But stretch marks can also occur from adolescence, weight gain, some medical conditions. Even weight-lifting. Did you get that, guys?
Of course, it doesn't help that stretch marks occur in sexy places. Ok, the upper arms might not be the hottest thing since sliced bread, but stretch marks, or striae as they're known, frequently form on the thighs, hips, breasts and buttocks. And in summer time, when the clothes come off, that sucks.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Contrary to popular belief, stretch marks are more than skin that's simply been stretched too much. Stretch marks occur when the body secretes the glucocorticoid hormone during some life events (that's you, pregnancy). And this hormone prevents the necessary collagen and elastin fibroblasts required for tight, healthy skin.
The loss of these supportive proteins is detrimental to your skin, causing it to separate in the deeper layers. This results in the angry red striations that eventually give way to, you guessed it, stretch marks.
More on that to come. First, let's review how you can treat stretch marks, and why Stretch Mark Therapy should be at the top of your list for stretch mark-free skin.
About Stretch Mark Treatment
There are surgical treatments for stretch marks, including dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser surgery. Results for surgical treatments are variable and depend largely on age and skin condition. Such treatments show moderate success, though they're rarely covered by insurance plans.
You can also eat right, with a skin-friendly diet. Skin likes foods that are high in vitamins A and C, zinc and protein. Consider salmon and oily fish, nuts, carrots, milk and eggs. Your skin loves these foods, and you'd do well do make them a regular part of your diet, for healthy skin and great complexion. If any foods will reduce the formation of stretch marks, it's these.
Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy Reduces Stretch Marks
Now, for some encouraging news. In a recent clinical study, of 13 women with post-pregnancy stretch marks, participants applied a 2 per cent concentration of Regestril on the affected areas for two months. At the end of the study, even the researchers were astounded by the results: a 72.5% reduction in the depth of stretch marks. And a 52% reduction in length.
And there's more good news for people with stretch marks. Another active ingredient in Stretch Mark Therapy, Pro-Coll-One+, stimulated collagen production by as much as 1190% when applied in a 2% concentration in a 56 day separate study. Seventy-eight per cent of study participants saw a noticeable improvement in skin smoothness, which improved by up to ten per cent.
Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy fades stretch marks. Scientifically formulated with the latest in skin care technology, it's a safe and effective way to erase those tell-tale markers on your body, of where it's been and what it's done. And in clothing-optional season, that's a good thing to have!
FAQs About Rosacea Relief Serum
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin disease of adults, more often women, in which the blood vessels, especially of the nose, forehead, and cheeks enlarge giving the face a flushed appearance. Also called acne rosaceae.
What causes rosacea?
People who suffer from rosacea tend to have decreased skin barrier and are vulnerable to changes in the weather, particularly wind and heat. Other common triggers include stress, hot or spicy foods, foods that are high in histamines and some skin-care products.
Rosacea is a highly individual disorder, with triggers unique to each patient. The
mechanism that triggers rosacea remains unknown (to conventional medical science), however, there is speculation that rosacea is a disorder of the blood vessels. Another theory is that rosacea is related to the connective tissues under the skin.
While its causes remain unknown, it's a common disorder. Estimates suggest that rosacea affects up to 14 million Americans.
Is rosacea dangerous?
Physically, rosacea is not dangerous. To your ego, that's another story. According to the National Rosacea Society, 41% of rosacea patients had missed a social event because of the embarrassment caused by the condition. Seventy-six per cent of rosacea patients said that it affected their self-esteem and 88% said it had a negative impact on their professional interactions.
Who is vulnerable to rosacea?
Rosacea affects both genders and many ethnic groups, but you're more vulnerable to rosacea if you're fair-skinned and blush easily (Irish?). Rosacea is more common among women, but men typically suffer more severe symptoms, possibly because they delay treatment until their symptoms get bad.
How can I treat rosacea?
At the present time, there is no cure for rosacea.
Having said that, you can bring symptoms under control with prescription medications, typically with antibiotics. Such treatments are reasonably effective, though prolonged use of antibiotics may come with side effects, require a doctor prescription and can add up in costs.
As an alternative, Rosacea Relief Serum is an effective and affordable treatment for this debilitating condition. A hybrid of natural ingredients and patented peptides, Rosacea Relief Serum provides comparable results to topical antibiotics and may avoid the side effects that come with such treatments.
How is Rosacea Relief Serum different than other treatments?
Rosacea Relief Serum combines the healing effects of proven natural skin care ingredients including green tea leaf extract, beta glucan and ginkgo biloba with peptides including Renovage®, Mediacalm® and Actiflow®. The former of that trio is clinically proven to reduce symptoms of rosacea in 90% of patients.
Rosacea Relief Serum contains no antibiotics. When you purchase a new skin product, it's always a good idea to apply a small test application on your jaw line. If you're concerned about a rash or breakout, print out the ingredient list and show it your doctor.
Rest assured, however, that Rosacea Relief Serum was specifically formulated for rosacea
patients, whom usually have sensitive skin. More than likely, you'll enjoy control of your symptoms without any problems.
How long should I use Rosacea Relief Serum for best results?
Most clients report a dramatic improvement in rosacea symptoms within 30 days of use, but expect the best results after 90 days, with ongoing use to keep your symptoms under control.
Is Rosacea Relief Serum guaranteed?
Of course! If you suffer from rosacea you've most likely tried every trick in the book to keep it under control. You've got every right to be hesitant. That's why Rosacea Relief Serum comes with a no-risk 90 day money-back guarantee. You'll nary find a skin care product with that kind of assurance.
FAQs About Argan Oil
What is argan oil?
Argan oil is an oil extracted from the kernels of the argan tree. The oil is highly valued for its many cosmetic, therapeutic and medicinal properties. Among other ailments, argan oil is an effective treatment for dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles, stretch marks and acne.
One of the hottest sellers in the natural skin care industry, argan oil is particularly gentle on the skin, and for this reason, is recommended for consumers with naturally dry skin and/or sensitivities to common skin care products.
Where does argan oil come from?
Argan oil comes from a 10,000 square mile UNESCO-protected biosphere in southwestern Morocco, and can only be extracted from trees grown in this area.
Used for at least 3,500 years by the Berber people of this region, the oil was traditionally processed by hand, in a laborous process, in which a single litre of the oil took two days of manual labor.
In the early 1990s, argan oil production shifted from the Berber people to modern factories in Casablanca, though government agencies and NGOs have redirected much argan production back to the Berber women.
What's in argan oil?
Argan is high in antioxidants, squalene oil, polyphenols, essential fatty acids, oleic and linoleic acids and has at least 200% more vitamin E than olive oil.
What makes argan oil effective?
The antioxidants in argan oil fight free radical damage and can protect against aging from the sun. The fatty acids enhance cellular health, with the collagen and elastin required to keep skin young and healthy.
Does argan have other applications?
Argan oil makes an effective hair conditioner. You can add argan to your hair, whether wet or dry, and it's an ideal remedy for dry hair or split ends. Experiment a little; a few drops can add shine to hair and improve its appearance.
You can also use argan oil to strengthen your nails. Mix one part each argan oil and lemon juice, paint it on your nails with a brush and leave it on for fifteen minutes.
In addition, argan oil can be used for cooking, though cosmetic argan is made with a different process than product meant for cooking and should therefore be used for that purpose only.
Are there side effects with argan oil?
You'll find that argan oil is very safe. In fact, it's recommended for people with skin sensitivities and irritations to common skin care products. There are no known wide spread side effects with argan oil, but if you have specific concerns regarding argan, it's best to speak with your physician.
What's this about argan oil and fair trade?
Upon efforts from two German government agencies and several non-government organizations, much production of argan oil has shifted away from modern, foreign-controlled factories in Casablanca and large cities and back to the local Berber women who perfected the extraction process over thousands of years.
The issue of argan oil products manufactured in large-scale factories has not disappeared completely. In particular, argan products with preservatives and packaged by some major cosmetic brands have origins in such industrial workshops.
Fortunately, the global interest in ethical consumerism has contributed to fair trade cooperatives, in which women extract and process argan oil in their traditional manner, with competitive wages, flexible working conditions, health care and educational opportunities.
Should I buy pure argan oil or just an argan-based product?
Buy argan oil in its pure state. This preserves the integrity of the beneficial nutrients in argan oil, for maximum benefits, be they cosmetic or otherwise.
Additionally, pure argan oil is more likely to have been processed in a fair trade cooperative than a factory and by a manufacturer that claims to share the benefits of argan production with local Berber women but fails to do so.
Look for an argan oil product manufactured by a small or mid-sized skin care company. They're more likely to extract their products ethically, in a fair trade co-op, than the larger brands. Look for a commitment from the company that it's been processed in this manner. One example? Skinception Cold Pressed Cosmetic Argan oil.
Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, a Nazi type organization which would prefer to favor the greedy pharmaceutical companies. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional health care provider before changing any medication.
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