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Most of us are well-aware of the fact that the chemicals in their drinks and food can harm their health. That is why we are diligent about reading labels. However, many of us still put chemicals on our skin. Even though skin care products are applied topically, they can be absorbed in your bloodstream. The effects of smearing chemical-filled products on your body can be long-lasting.

Many of the chemicals in skincare products have been linked to scarring, cancer and irreparable damage to the immune system. Although you are not likely to suffer any adverse health effects from applying chemicals to your skin, you can cause damage to your endocrine system every time that you use certain skincare products.

The endocrine system is responsible for regulating hormones. It can control the way your body stores fat. It can also control appetite. Hormonal imbalances can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms such as insomnia, chronic depression, acne and weight gain.

Here is a list of skin care ingredients that you should look out for:

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)

Animal studies showed that BHA altered the thyroid and reproductive health of animals. Europe has banned BHA in exfoliates and perfumes. However, it is legal to use in America.

Triclosan

This ingredient is found in deodorants and soaps. The Food and Drug Administration has criticized the use of triclosan in products. However, there are many products that have this ingredient. It has been shown to disrupt hormones.

Fragrance

When many people think of the term fragrance, they think of smell. Odors are not listed on the ingredient label. Anything product that has a smell is considered a fragrance. A fragrance can also cause a hormonal disruption. That is why it is best for you to use skincare products that are fragrance-free. You can also use a natural substance.

Oxybenzone

This is an ingredient that is commonly found in sunscreen. Studies have shown that oxybenzone can cause hormonal disruption in rats.

There are likely many other dangerous chemicals used in skincare products that have not yet been studied. The best thing that you can do is check the ingredients before you buy the product. There are likely many other chemicals that can disrupt your hormones. Checking your skincare label is just as important as checking the food label.

All-natural products are made with oils, plants and foods. They are the best option for keeping your skin clean and healthy.