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NEVER Put This on Your Face

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

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Your daily face washing routine could include toxic chemicals. Find out which ingredients are drying out your skin.

0:00 Introduction: Never put this on your face

0:25 Bar soap ingredients

3:30 Key takeaways

4:06 Thanks for watching!

In this video, we’re going to talk about why you should never put commercial bar soap on your face.

The average store-bought bar soap is likely the reason why you need to apply lotions, creams, serums, and moisturizers to replenish your skin moisture after a shower.

Here are the toxic ingredients you can find in commercial bar soap:

1. Sodium lauryl sulfate or ammonium lauryl sulfate

• Synthetic foaming agent

• Causes irritation, inflammation, and dryness

• Can be contaminated by other chemicals

2. Parabens

• Act as a preservative

• Kill friendly bacteria

• Have an estrogenic effect

• Contribute to dermatitis

3. Formaldehyde

• Prevents growth of friendly bacteria

• Carcinogenic (increases cancer risk)

4. Synthetic fragrances

• Petroleum-based

• Can cause skin irritation

5. Triclosan

• Antibacterial

• Increases risk of E. coli and MRSA

6. Coal tar dyes

• Coloring agents

• Made with petroleum chemicals

• Can cause dry skin

When I was growing up, I had severe acne. So I scrubbed my face with a bar of soap daily, hoping it would help—and it only made things worse. I had no idea about the toxic chemicals lurking in the ingredients. Had I known, I would’ve bought a bar of soap with fewer dyes, fragrances, and harmful chemicals.

Learn from my mistakes and always choose a product with natural ingredients and essential oils.

DATA:

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5791191/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2284588/

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5391940/

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