Are Natural Beauty Products Healthier?

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Beware Buzz Words

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Poison Ivy is organic and natural, but I would not advise anyone apply it to there skin!  Beware of the terms "Natural" or "Organic".  Neither means that it is good for your skin.


Fort Lauderdale Dermatologist

How natural is natural?

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Most of the so called 'natural' products do not display their constituents on the label. Again, most of them contain a lot of products you would find in so called 'artificial' preparations.

For example, there was a slew of cases of allergy with a 'super effective herbal hair dye' which on closer look, just had the same ingredients as commercial products, except at much higher doses. 

Natural and organic products are sometimes just a marketing gimmick. Try to choose products from brands/ companies that have good R&D to back their claim. 

Using products with botanicals should be avoided because...

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Using products with botanicals should be avoided because they are all-natural and many people become allergic to them.

Petroleum products, such as oil and gasoline, are "all-natural" too, but no one would ever put them on their skin!

David Goldberg, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.3 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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