The introduction of 20th Century cosmetic products has led to the alteration of the skin’s natural condition and the break down of its defences.
This has resulted in a skin allergy epidemic, with a 500% increase in Children’s skin allergies and ailments, especially dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
And the most disturbing aspect of this skin allergy epidemic is that the rate of this deterioration has increased markedly in the past 5-10 years.
The Effects Of Every Day Cosmetics On The Skin Microbiome
“When it comes to healthy skin, microbial biodiversity is everything” – that was the conclusion of my JooMo’s seminal published paper on the skin microbiome.
The reason that these findings on the relationship between high biodiversity and skin health are so crucial is because, for the first time, it allows us to address a fundamental question: “Are modern cosmetics a cause of the skin allergy epidemic?”
The 2017 research showed a dramatic decline in the levels of Western skin biodiversity when compared to remote South America peoples uncontacted with Western culture.
This so-called ‘Caveman’ skin, untouched by modern civilisation, was far different to Western skin and displayed unprecedented levels of bacterial diversity. Skin diversity was higher in communities that were less exposed to Western practices, which demonstrates that environmental factors are linked to damaged skin in developed countries.
For the first time, clinical trials have shown how regular use of everyday cosmetics damages the skin, repressing the microbiome and de-moisturising the skin.
Working in partnership with the Medical University of Graz, UK skin health pioneers JooMo are involved in an ongoing study to determine whether everyday cosmetics really are behind the enormous rise in skin allergy problems in the western world.
The trials show how high street cosmetics appear to maintain the depleted western microbiome, while third wave microbiome friendly products like JooMo greatly increase skin microbiome biodiversity (biodiversity being the definitive measure of skin health).
Everyday cosmetics were also shown to greatly de-moisturise the skin, a key reason why skin becomes damaged. Again by contrast, third wave technology in JooMo meant that it was the only product to maintain skin moisture.
Chemical 'Junk' additives...
Just as Junk Food is so called because of all the additives, the same applies to cosmetics: modern cosmetics use harsh, synthetic chemical ingredients such as soaps, preservatives (inc. parabens) and foamers (inc. SLS/SLES). Most of these are chemical irritants that create and/or exacerbate the conditions they claim to cure:
» they alter the skin’s natural condition.
» they alter the skin’s pH.
» they disperse ‘good’ bacteria from the skin and leads to pathogenic bacterial, viral & fungal growth.
» they strip the skin of its natural oil and moisture.
» they change the skin’s the electrolyte balance.
» they chemically alter the skin’s natural environment.
» they are responsible for long term allergy sensitisation and long term immune system malfunction.
It is products such as face washes, body washes and shower gels that are of key concern as they are used every day. In effect, the skin is getting covered in ‘junk’ chemical additives on a worryingly frequent basis.
A weakened skin ‘barrier’ ultimately leads to allergic reactions and microbial (fungal and bacterial) infections, and most worryingly, it is young skin that is most vulnerable. One in 12 adults and one in five children in the UK now have eczema, of which contact dermatitis is one of the most common types.
Many so-called ‘approved’ synthetic ingredients in common use are potentially very dangerous to long term health. Here are just four (of many) examples:
» Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is a preservative which is also found in paint. Experts say the chemical is second only to nickel in causing contact allergies, and warn of a steep rise in allergies known as contact dermatitis where the skin becomes red and itchy and can sting and blister. Well-known products that contain MI found on sale in shops includes Nivea cleansing & body lotion, Wet Ones and Boots men’s face wash & Good Things ‘Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser’
» The Environmental Working Group has data indicating that hormone disrupting chemicals are finding their way from cosmetics into teenage girls. Testing the blood and urine of 20 teenagers, the EWG found 16 chemicals that may disrupt hormone levels. The girls in the sample were no strangers to personal care and used an average of more than 16 products per day.
» Many well known ‘Acne Treatment’ brands use Benzoyl peroxide for Acne treatment. In a 1977 study using a human maximisation test, 76% of subjects acquired a contact sensitisation to benzoyl peroxide. Formulations of 5% and 10% were used. Pure benzoyl peroxide is highly toxic and a possible tumour promoter. It may also act as a mutagen.
Not so natural...
Many companies responded to the allergy crisis by bringing out so-called ‘natural’ products: the reality, however, is that most of the big name skin care brands that claim to be natural are in fact far from it, and there is an multi-billion dollar industry cover-up going on …