Take Care When Choosing Beauty Products

Some beauty products may be better than others for your skin.

Many girls love to spend a few minutes getting gorgeous before a day at the office or an
evening out. If you are one of those girls, take care. Some makeup and moisturizers may contain ingredients that are not good for your beautiful body.

“Many chemicals in beauty products are harmful to the skin or the body as a whole,” says Brian Pauley, MD, Medical Director of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. “Beauty products also contain agents that act to increase the skin’s absorption of the harmful agents.”

Cosmetics manufacturers do not need to obtain U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval of their products or ingredients—with the exception of color additives—before they go to market. They are responsible for testing their products’ safety, properly
labeling them, and providing directions for safe use.


To reduce your risk of complications associated with dangerous chemicals in beauty products, read labels and avoid ingredients considered harmful. Because not all of these potentially harmful chemicals are always listed on packaging, research the ingredients before you commit to purchasing a new product.

Some ingredients to avoid include:

  • Lead—considered a Neurotoxin
  • Mercury—may damage the kidneys and nervous system
  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—associated with cancer
  • Toluene—may be toxic to the brain and the nervous system

“The cosmetic industry is largely unregulated, but the internet can be a great source of information to help you make educated decisions,” Dr. Pauley says. “When you can, choose products containing natural agents. Or better yet, use your natural beauty.”

 Is a slow-to-heal wound interfering with the natural beauty of your skin? Learn more about the services Dr. Pauley offers at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine by calling the center at 715.717.4395 or by visiting www.sacredhearteauclaire.org/medical-services/wound-care.

To take the best care of your skin, learn to separate some important facts from fiction:

Claim: The more water you drink, the younger your skin will look

Truth: Staying adequately hydrated may temporarily minimize bloating and the appearance of wrinkles, but drinking lots of water does not do much to transform your complexion.

Claim: Plain soap will ruin your skin.

Truth: Soap may be a little bit drying, but there is nothing harmful about using mild soap to cleanse your face, especially if the product contains moisturizers.

Claim: If you did not use sunscreen during your youth, it is useless to start later in life.

Truth: Using sunscreen at any age can prevent further damage from the sun. In addition, clinical evidence shows protected skin may actually begin to repair itself over time.

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