Why Should You Avoid Phthalates and Parabens?

Most pediatric dermatologists are in line with the clean beauty movement – especially when it comes to skin care for younger individuals. Phthalates and parabens are two extra ingredients (which are essentially preservatives and/or chemicals found in fragrances and personal care products) that may act as endocrine disrupting chemicals. There is some evidence that these chemicals are absorbed through the skin and excreted in urine. Although the exact long term risks of these exposures is not entirely known, it is reasonable to avoid them until more information about their biological effects is known.

Consider the safety of ingredients when selecting skincare products for teens and younger children.

One source of information parents may find helpful when it comes to chemicals in personal care products is the Environmental Working Group (EWG) which is a non-profit organization committed to transparency regarding the contents of chemicals contained in personal care items.

Here are some skincare products that are verified in the EWG database.

Sespring Cleanse it Out Gel Cleanser – One-step, purifying gel cleanser.
Gently removes makeup, dirt, oil, and environmental pollutants without drying out the skin.

Silk Complete Gel Facial Cleanser – With Activated Silk™ molecules and a refreshing gel consistency, Complete removes makeup and surface oils without stripping essential moisture, leaving skin looking healthy, balanced and radiant.

Stryke Club Face First Wash – Powerful teen acne facial cleanser. Dermatologist formulated, tested and approved.

Rooted Beauty Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser – Silky in texture and gentle on your skin, this cleanser is packed with aloe, chamomile and our antioxidant-rich R7 complex. It gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup from pores to leave your skin looking (and feeling) refreshed.

Beauty Counter Clear Pore Cleanser – This daily exfoliating cleanser, designed for oily and blemish-prone skin, removes oil, makeup, and other impurities without harsh surfactants that can strip skin of moisture. 

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