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The Good The Bad The Ugly

Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and it’s also the most susceptible to damage. While you may be sure to put on sunscreen every time you head out of the house, buy only non-comedogenic makeup products, and do your best to moisturize daily, did you know that some of your favorite personal care products might be actually poisoning your skin?

We’ve categorized 50 of the most common ingredients found in personal care products into three sections:

GThe Good

The following ingredients made our Good List. These products have been proven to be effective in their respective usages, without the threat of scary, serious side effects. While everyone reacts differently to topical treatments, these ingredients tend to be the gentlest and safest to use.

BThe Bad

The ingredients on our Bad List fall on the negative end of the spectrum. While they may be effective in their intended usage, they generally come along with a large smattering of side effects and risks that can create bigger problems. Some of these ingredients don’t have enough research behind them to prove that they are effective.

UThe Ugly

The ingredients on our Ugly List are to be avoided at all costs. These ingredients have been proven to wreak havoc on our health. The following can do more harm than good, and it’s important to inspect your personal care items to ensure these ingredients aren’t seeping into your skin and body.



Lanolin P-Paraphenylenediamine
Alpha Hydroxy Acids Appricot Kernels Azelaic Acid Benzoic Acid Clay Eucaliptus Oil Glycerin Green Tea Oat Kernel Extract Cyclomethicone Hyaluronic Acid Shea Butter Salicylic Acid Sulfar Sodium Hyaluronate Tea Tree Oil Zinc Oxide
Benzoyl Peroxide Butylated Hydroxy Tolulene BHT 21 Fragrance Lanolin Mineral Oil Parabens Propylene Glycol Placental Extract Sulfates Talc TEA DEA MEA Vitamin E
1,4-Dioxanei Aceton Formaldehyde Coal Tar Kojic Acid Hydroquinone Mercury Oxybenzone Lead Phthalates Octinoxate PEG Compounds Polyethylene P-Paraphenylenediamine Retinyl Palmitate Quaternium-15 Alcohol 8 SLS SLES Synthetic Colors Triclosan Toluene
Alpha Hydroxy Acids Appricot Kernels Azelaic Acid Benzoic Acid Clay Eucaliptus Oil Glycerin Green Tea Oat Kernel Extract Cyclomethicone Hyaluronic Acid Shea Butter Salicylic Acid Sulfar Sodium Hyaluronate Tea Tree Oil Zinc Oxide Benzoyl Peroxide Butylated Hydroxy Tolulene BHT 21 Fragrance Lanolin Mineral Oil Parabens Propylene Glycol Placental Extract Sulfates Talc TEA DEA MEA Vitamin E 1,4-Dioxanei Aceton Formaldehyde Coal Tar Kojic Acid Hydroquinone Mercury Oxybenzone Lead Phthalates Octinoxate PEG Compounds Polyethylene P-Paraphenylenediamine Retinyl Palmitate Quaternium-15 Alcohol 8 SLS SLES Synthetic Colors Triclosan Toluene
1,4-Dioxanei Aceton Formaldehyde Coal Tar Kojic Acid Hydroquinone Mercury Oxybenzone Lead Phthalates Octinoxate PEG Compounds Polyethylene P-Paraphenylenediamine Retinyl Palmitate Quaternium-15 Alcohol 8 SLS SLES Synthetic Colors Triclosan Toluene Benzoyl Peroxide Butylated Hydroxy Tolulene BHT 21 Fragrance Lanolin Mineral Oil Parabens Propylene Glycol Placental Extract Sulfates Talc TEA DEA MEA Vitamin E Alpha Hydroxy Acids Appricot Kernels Azelaic Acid Benzoic Acid Clay Eucaliptus Oil Glycerin Green Tea Oat Kernel Extract Cyclomethicone Hyaluronic Acid Shea Butter Salicylic Acid Sulfar Sodium Hyaluronate Tea Tree Oil Zinc Oxide