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Harsh Chemicals You Should Avoid in Your Skin Care

February 2, 2018

What harsh chemicals you should avoid in your skin care?

  1. Formaldehyde – linked to several cases of leukemia, pancreatic/skin cancer, skin irritation, and cirrhosis.
  2. Parabens – increases the risk of breast cancer to women.
  3. Synthetic Colors (FD&C) – can lead to some skin irritation.
  4. Aluminum – linked to certain afflictions such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
  5. Dioxins – known as one of the “dirty dozen” of dangerous chemicals to be avoided.
  6. Plastics – BPA plastics can increase the risk of developing breast cancer.


Unilever Network Philippines is known for the numerous products they distribute in the market. Whether it be for the purpose of cosmetic care or networking, Unilever has got you covered! Since the matter of discussion in this piece are the different kinds of cosmetics that can be chosen and used by numerous customers everywhere, the one thing that should also be discussed in this piece is none other than the ingredients being used in making them in the first place, most especially the chemicals being used—and speaking of chemicals, there are two sides to it in terms of cosmetics: those that are safe to use on your skin and those that should be avoided as much as possible.

Chemical ingredients are important when it comes to the manufacturing of any cosmetic product in the market—and with Unilever Network Philippines, there are numerous products out there that make use of chemical substances to ensure that not only can they perform efficiently, but also guarantees safety to their customers. There are, however, certain chemical substances that can be a bit harmful to use on the skin, which can be explained further in these 6 examples:



Typically found in certain cosmetic products such as nail polish, eyelash glue, and even some hair smoothening and straightening products, formaldehyde is a harmful human carcinogen that can be linked to several cases of leukemia, pancreatic/skin cancer, skin irritation, and cirrhosis. The thing about formaldehyde is that it can be listed as any other ingredients, such as bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, and even hydroxymethylgycinate. Should you see any of these names on the label, it would be best to avoid using that on your skin and/or hair.



While it’s designed to help reduce the buildup of mold and yeast on certain cosmetic products, parabens actually contains some components that mimic estrogen, which in turn can increase the risk of breast cancer to women. This certain chemical compound can typically be found in certain products, such as several makeup products, deodorant, body washes, shampoos, and facial cleansers. In any case, too much of this can prove drastic in the long run.

Synthetic Colors (FD&C)

Synthetic Colors (FD&C)

Color is what helps distinguish different cosmetic products from one another. Plus, it gives them a unique aesthetic that helps to appeal certain customers. With FD&C synthetic colors, adding color to any mix is always possible—however, there are certain repercussions to watch out for, especially with FD&C.

For instance, FD&C synthetic colors can contain petroleum and/or coal tar sources, which can lead to some skin irritation and, in some cases, are also linked to cases of ADHD in children. In this case, synthetic colors should be avoided as much as possible, or at the very least moderated to an extent in use.



Aluminum, a common ingredient in most cosmetic products, is also one of the most dangerous chemical compounds when used too much. Found in numerous brands of deodorants, this chemical compound can usually be linked to certain afflictions such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Plus, it could also disrupt the functions of your endocrine system and even cause some birth defects when consumed by animals.

In short, aluminum is a neurotoxin that can cause some serious damage. Thankfully, with Unilever’s Philippine network of products that anyone can choose from, any product containing aluminum is assured to be avoided.



Known as one of the “dirty dozen” of dangerous chemicals to be avoided, dioxins are also one of the most commonly known pollutants that have made their way into numerous skin care products. Being of high concern, the main reason why dioxins are avoided is due to the pollutants lingering in your body for a time after use. So, if you’re looking to be clean on the inside and out, it’s best to steer clear of any product containing this particular chemical compound.




Though they have had their fair share of benefits to the environment and human life, plastics in cosmetics can be pretty dangerous, especially when the plastic being used in storing the product is of the cheap and unclean kind. Plastics are one of the components that also contain certain components that can mimic estrogen, which in turn can increase the risk of developing breast cancer and other complications with too much use. In any case, these kinds of plastics can usually contain something known as bisphenol A (BPA), which can cause the estrogen-mimicking afflictions—and with that said, opt for any plastic that’s BPA-free to doubly assure your own safety and the safety of others using any cosmetic product in the market.


Key Takeaway

These 6 examples of harsh chemicals should be avoided as much as possible. Remember, there are numerous skin care and hair care products that are on the market that do not contain these substances. You can opt for those ones instead!


UNET Philippines, being an independent distributor, aims to promote a lifestyle that embodies wellness and good hygiene. With our high-quality products, you are sure that you will only get the best.



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