Flawless skin starts with the right cleanser. But knowing what to look for can be tough; many products contain ingredients you know nothing about, let alone can pronounce. And to make matters worse, some of those ingredinets you may be overlooking are doing some major damage to your skin. To clear things up, we've uncovered the one drugstore facial cleanser you should stop using, according to a dermatologist.
Stay away from Formaldehyde. This mouthful of an ingredient is commonly used as a preservative in beauty products like cleansers. While it helps curb bacteria growth, it's also been deemed a human carcinogen - particularly with overexposure - by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens.
The most common side effect of the ingredient, however, is an allergic reaction, which will typically occur on the more sensitive parts of your skin.
"Your hands may not show redness because that skin is tough, but when you touch your eyes while washing or moisturizing, you can end up with dermatitis there," Dr. Dr. Marsha Gordon told Marie Claire.
Even if you don't see "formaldehyde" listed on the back of your product, you'll want to watch out for formaldehyde-releasing agents like imidazolidinyl urea or quaternium 15. These can be equally as reactive.
Although the FDA currently does not regulate the use of formaldehyde in cosmetics, experts recommend that any product should not contain more than 0.2 percent of the ingredient for health and safety reasons. Phew, glad we finally figured this one out!