Do you know what’s in your favorite makeup and skincare products? Many of the beauty products available today can have ugly side effects, and in today’s post, we’ll explore just a few of the conditions and symptoms your makeup might be causing. Before we begin, it’s important to note that many of the chemicals used in cosmetics have not been extensively studied by the FDA, and this means that the majority of the problems caused by cosmetic products are self-reported, and therefore likely under-reported.

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Your Makeup Might Be Causing:


Many cosmetics contain chemicals that release formaldehyde, a chemical commonly used as a preservative. While this chemical does help your makeup last longer in your cabinet, it’s been known to cause rashes, allergic reactions, and headaches in sensitive individuals. Some derivatives have also been linked to cancer, so steer clear of any products that contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing chemicals.

Dry Hair

Many Austin residents struggle with dry hair, but in some cases, it may not be the hot weather that’s causing your hair to become dry and brittle. Hair gels, shampoos, conditioners, scalp treatments, color preservers, and volumizers can all give you the look you want while also causing long-term damage. While we don’t have the time (or space) needed to list all of the chemicals that you should avoid, here are five of the most concerning:

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Propylene glycol
  • Chlorine
  • Mineral oil
  • DEA (diethanolamine)

If you notice that products in your bathroom contain these chemicals, find a natural alternative and evaluate your scalp and hair after a month or two of use.


Given that most of the beauty products on today’s shelves are designed to reduce wrinkles or cover their appearance, it may come as a surprise that many of them actually contribute to early aging! As you’ve probably come to expect from reading today’s blog thus far, the synthetic chemicals in foundation, eyeliner, toner, and other cosmetic staples can dry out your skin and lead to unsightly wrinkles. Cosmetics producers don’t have much of an incentive to stop using these chemicals in their formulas, so consider switching to permanent makeup to save both time and money while preserving your skin!


Are you struggling to maintain an even complexion? Many of today’s most commonly used skincare products, including sunscreen, facial moisturizers, and toners contain bleach designed to lighten the skin, or chemicals to darken it, and many of these ingredients can cause the underlying skin to become discolored. If you’ve noticed that your skin is developing light or dark patches, then you should evaluate your skin care regimen and visit a dermatologist to discuss alternatives.

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We hope that today’s entry will help you determine if it’s time to change up your cosmetic routine. If you’re ready to stop spending your mornings on your makeup, then fill out the form below or give us a call to schedule a permanent cosmetics consultation!

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