“Natural” plant-based and essential oil skin products are very popular now, but beware that some of us may experience either irritation or allergy from these. Just because it is “natural” does not mean it is always good for you. Poison Ivy is “natural” too. I have listed some ingredients that may cause irritation or allergy reactions on the skin:
Ylang Ylang / Cananga Oil
Anise / Star Anise
Comopositae Plants: Yarrow, Ragweed, Feverfew, Tansy, Cardoon, Sunflower, Ox-eye, Daisy, Chamomile, Black-eyed Susan, Dahlia, Dandelion, and Marigold.
Balsum of Peru
Christmas and Easter Cacti
References: “Applied Dermatotoxicology: Clinical Aspects”, by Howard Maibach and Golara Honari. Physiology of the Skin, Third Edition, by Zoe Draelos, MD, and Peter T. Pugliese, MD.
The main components of a rejuvenating home topical skin care regimen should include the following:
3. Growth Factors
5. The as needed Extras: skin lighteners, anti-redness, DNA repair, exfoliating, acne-fighting.
It is best if you see a dermatologist to have your regimen personalized and designed based on your skin type and health history.
For Acne-prone skin…
1. Exfoliating cleanser or gentle cleanser (if sensitive skin)
For Rosacea-prone skin…
1. Gentle non-medicated cleanser
3. Anti-redness, calming, vasoconstricting