Acacia collagen (ActivExtract®)

Acacia collagen is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless dried extract from the stem of the acacia tree grown in Africa, the Near East, India, and the southern United States. Widely used for over 4,000 years as a soothing and anti-inflammatory agent and a product thickening agent, Acacia collagen dissolves rapidly in water and is typically included in products recommended for dry, sensitive or delicate skin.

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6 November, 2018


Published by SheFinds by Justine Schwartz

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Not all beauty products are created equal. We learned today that some anti-aging products actually cause fine lines and wrinkles. And now comes news that some drugstore moisturizer ingredients are actually really bad for your skin because they’re toxic, cause acne, or a variety of other skin issues. Say it ain’t so!

Worst Moisturizer Ingredients

You've likely purchased moisturizer to improve the quality of your skin, but what if the ingredients in your drugstore product of choice do more harm than good? According to the board certified dermatologist we spoke to, certain moisturizer ingredients should never be used because of the toxic ingredients they contain.

Most Toxic: Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives

Dr. Craig Kraffert, Board Certified Dermatologist explains that preservatives are required to ensure the shelf life of skin care products--but that doesn't make them safe.

“Moisturizers preserved with formaldehyde releasing ingredients are potentially toxic and carcinogenic and should be avoided," he warns.

"Formaldehyde releasing preservatives include DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, quaternium 15, bronopol, 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3 dioxane, and hydroxymethylglycinate all release toxic formaldehyde as they break down."

This is your daily reminder to check your beauty labels!

So, what's a girl to use instead? "Look for moisturizers preserved with phenoxyethanol, a safe and environmentally sound preservative ingredient, such as Amarte Aqua Cream," he advises.

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Moisturizers preserved with formaldehyde releasing ingredients are potentially toxic and carcinogenic and should be avoided.

— Dr. Craig Kraffert