If you have oily skin, you have likely tried to find an oil-free moisturiser to try.
If not, here are some of the best options available. Read more But while we know it’s possible to find oil-resistant moisturisers for oily and sensitive skin, many of these products are not 100 per cent effective, according to experts.
For example, it’s not uncommon for oil-remineralising creams to contain toxic ingredients such as hydroquinone or benzoyl peroxide.
In addition, many products contain petroleum products, such as butadiene or butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), which are known to cause cancer.
These products are typically not tested for toxicity, and there are concerns that they are not safe.
Another issue is that many moisturisers are often not tested by dermatologists.
“There’s no such thing as a safe moisturiser,” says Elizabeth Poon, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“We’ve been exposed to these toxic ingredients in cosmetics and products for a long time, and we don’t know what’s in them.”
“The main problem is that we don’s have the scientific knowledge to say what’s safe, and what’s not.”
As such, many people are hesitant to use products that are not approved by the FDA for use on their skin.
A few examples of ingredients that may not be suitable include synthetic fragrances, oils, preservatives and sunscreens.
“A lot of products that contain fragrancing ingredients are marketed to the general public, but we don ‘t know how many people actually use these products,” says Poon.
She recommends that people try to choose products that meet their individual needs, and ask the manufacturer for a full safety evaluation before buying.
However, if you’re not comfortable with the product, there are other options that will help you feel more comfortable about using it.
It can help to choose a product with a natural texture, and avoid creams and lotions that contain heavy, greasy ingredients.
There are also plenty of options to try if you have sensitive skin.
Some of the products available are not tested to prove that they don’t contain harmful ingredients, or they contain other potentially harmful ingredients.
“These ingredients have been shown to cause skin cancer,” Poon says.
“These ingredients are often linked to autoimmune disease, so we’re looking at all of the risks, both biological and environmental, and the potential of these ingredients.”
For people with eczema, psoriasis and eczematous dermatitis, there’s also the option of natural skin products, and even skin lightening creams.
Natural skin products have been proven to help ease skin conditions, and may even help with the appearance of acne scars.
But there’s still a way to go, says Dr. Andrew Raskin, the CEO of Skinlab.
“The key thing to remember is that no one can say what skin conditions are ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
We don’t have enough research on this.”
“You can’t just buy a lotion, say it’s going to cure acne, and expect to be cured,” he adds.
“It’s important to look for skin lighteners, moisturisers and other natural products that have been tested and proven safe.”
Read more As a general rule, it is advisable to avoid using products that aren’t approved for use, as well as products that may contain toxic chemicals.
If you’re concerned about any of these concerns, ask your doctor before starting a trial.