Dirty Dozen – Use at Own Risk!

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People around the world are now, more than ever, extra conscious about their health. We are constantly washing our hands while following with the application of strong sanitizers. In addition, we are disinfecting our household surfaces with detergents so strong it takes your breath away. While all these chemicals have a proven track record of protecting us from harmful diseases, they are detrimental to our skin.

Our skin is the body’s largest organ and the first line of defence against external elements. These elements include environmental factors such as extreme weather and pollution, harmful chemicals, heaters and even the constant friction of winter clothes covering our skin from top to toe.

Our skin is the bodie’s largest organ and the first line of defence against external elements.

Finding ourselves in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, avoiding cleaning chemicals and hand sanitizers are certainly impossible. However, we do have control over what we apply to our skin for protection against these skin enemies.

We have interviewed Vitaderm’s product development specialist about the importance of excluding these dirty ingredients. Vitaderm is a leader in the industry when it comes to clean and safe skin care. They exclude all ingredients that are considered harmful or that are not beneficial to the skin. This range of clinical skin care items contain not animal derivates and are not tested on animals.

We have made a list of a dozen dirty ingredients that are considered harmful to the skin. These ingredients are excluded from all Vitaderm products.


Skin care formulations containing mineral oil, a by-product of the petrol refining process, tend to cause dehydration of the skin with long term use. Both mineral oil and liquid paraffin are found in the vast majority of mass-market skin care products.


There are four commonly used paraben preservatives that are used in varying combinations, namely methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butyl-paraben. Less commonly used forms include isobutyl paraben and isopropyl paraben. Of these, methyl paraben is causing the most concern amongst scientists and are considered to be hormone disruptors.


Fragrance, or ‘parfum’ as it is listed in cosmetics, is often linked to skin allergies. Furthermore, dibutyl phthalate, a chemical often found in fragrance, has been linked to serious hormonal disruption, by more than one university study.


Commonly used as a thickener is skin care products. It is suspected of being comedogenic and is therefore excluded from Vitaderm’s formulations.


This ingredient has been excluded from the range due to the fact that we exclude animal-derived ingredients from our formulations. Derived from sheep wool fat, Lanolin is often laced with pesticides.


Although it is a proven humectant, Vitaderm makes limited use of this ingredient due to the fact that it has limited benefits in a dry climate. Vitaderm only utilises glycerine to dissolve active ingredients during the manufacturing process. Therefore, the Glycerin content accounts for an extremely low percentage in the final product.
The following ingredients are excluded from the range due to safety concerns:


This substance was banned more than 30 years ago, but is still found in cosmetic formulations. Formaldehyde is a proven carcinogen.


Some preservatives give off formaldehyde once incorporated into formulations. These include Imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, quaternium -15 and DMDM hydrantoin.


This ingredient is commonly used as a pH adjuster to activate thickeners. It is also often contaminated with nitrosamines, which are compounds suspected of causing cancer.


Cyclomethicone and cyclo-pentasiloxane are volatile silicones that are commonly incorporated into cosmetic formulations for the silky after-feel they impart. This ingredient is believed to penetrate deeper into the skin than what is considered acceptable. It is also believed to result in environmental toxicity during its manufacture and is highly toxic to aquatic life.


BHT effectively prevents oxidative rancidity in oil-based ingredients, such as tissue oils and oil-based serums. The toluene component of this compound is suspected of being a carcinogen. Instead, Vitaderm incorporates natural tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E) to protect our oil-based formulations from oxidative rancidity.


This ingredient is frequently incorporated into antiseptic handwashes, gel cleansers and deodorants. Many countries are considering the banning of this substance.


Our list of dirty cosmetic ingredients is not exhaustive but it will make a big difference in your skin health. Make sure that these ingredients are excluded from all products applied to your skin, this includes body care products as well.

Stay safe and take care of your unique skin.

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