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We at ANAHATA avoid using these ingredients to reduce the risk of skin irritation, allergic reactions, and potential long-term health issues, aligning with the goal of promoting safe and effective natural ingredients in cosmetics. A brief explanations for their potential drawbacks:

  1. Alcohol: Dries out the skin, leading to irritation and dehydration.
  2. Parabens: Potentially disrupt endocrine function and are associated with hormonal imbalance.
  3. Sulphates: Harsh detergents that strip the skin of natural oils, causing dryness and irritation.
  4. Phthalates: Linked to reproductive and developmental issues, best avoided for long-term health.
  5. Synthetic Fragrances: May contain hidden harmful chemicals, triggering allergies and skin sensitivity.
  6. Mineral Oil: A byproduct of petroleum, it forms a barrier on the skin that may clog pores and hinder skin respiration.
  7. Silicones: Can create a barrier that traps debris, potentially leading to breakouts and skin congestion.
  8. Synthetic Dyes: Some may cause skin irritation, and certain artificial colors are derived from coal tar, posing long-term health risks.
  9. Formaldehyde Releasers: Associated with skin irritation and potential carcinogenic effects.
  10. Ethanolamine (MEA/DEA/TEA): Can cause skin and eye irritation, and certain forms may be linked to cancer.
  11. Propylene Glycol: May cause skin irritation and has the potential to cause allergic reactions.
  12. Microbeads: Harmful to the environment, as they contribute to plastic pollution in oceans.
  13. PEG Compounds: Can be contaminated with harmful impurities, potentially causing skin irritation.
  14. BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene): Some studies suggest it may have potential health risks, and its safety is a subject of ongoing research.

In addition to the above mentioned ingredients to avoid in cosmetics, along with brief explanations for their potential drawbacks:

  1. Triclosan: An antimicrobial agent that may disrupt hormones and contribute to antibiotic resistance, it’s a known carcinogen.
  2. Talc: Associated with respiratory issues when inhaled, and some talc may be contaminated with asbestos.
  3. Oxybenzone: A chemical sunscreen ingredient that can penetrate the skin and has been linked to hormone disruption.
  4. Hydroquinone: Used in skin lightening products, it may cause skin irritation and long-term use can lead to Ochronosis a disorder characterized by a clinical appearance of blue-black or gray-blue pigmentation
  5. Coal Tar: Found in some hair dyes, it’s a known carcinogen and may cause skin sensitivity.
  6. Quaternium-15: A preservative releasing formaldehyde, linked to skin irritation and potential long-term health risks.
  7. PEG Compounds (cont’d): Depending on manufacturing processes, PEG compounds may contain impurities like 1,4-dioxane, which is a potential carcinogen.

Remember, individual skin sensitivities can vary, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s always a good idea to patch-test new products and consult with a dermatologist if you have specific concerns or skin conditions.