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8 Harmful Effects of Makeups


Why trying to look good when you can easily be good-looking?

In a generation where your life is judged by how great you look in your social media pictures, there is a constant expectation to look your

best all the time and this is putting a lot of people in danger. Why do we always try to look good when we can easily be good-looking? Can you imagine a day without makeup? Though we appreciate your love for makeup, using it every day can trouble your skin in many dangerous ways. Makeup contains a lot of chemicals which may or may not suit your particular skin type.

Some of these skin-unfriendly components used in everyday makeup products can even cause irritation, itchiness and sometimes even untimely ageing




This is common side effect of makeup that most women would have experienced. Your skin is as much a part of your body as any other organ. It also needs to breathe and grow. When you cover your skin with makeup, you also end up clogging OR blocking the pores. Some types of makeup which are in the form of liquids and creams clog the pores in your skin. This leads to the formation of blackheads, which when not cleaned regularly can form acne. 



Chemical components like Diazolidinyl urea and DMDM Hydantoin tend to release formaldehyde and is a common ingredient in many cosmetic products because they are used as an antimicrobial preservative. These chemicals have been known to cause headaches, irritation of the mucous membranes, and can also cause damage to the eyes. If you have been experiencing headaches and can’t figure out why, try avoiding  makeup for a few days to see if the headache goes away.



There is a chemicals called Parabens (which include ethyl-paraben, butyl-paraben, and isopropyl-paraben) used as preservatives to prevent bacterial growth in cosmetics products. Parabens can cause serious allergic reactions like  blotches, skin irritation and blemishes on the skin. We also have Salicylate which is another common allergen in cosmetics and this can cause outbreak of painful rashes or hives for those with sensitive skins. In many cases, the allergic reaction is not apparent until the symptoms becomes severe. Make sure you read the parabens label on these products before you buy. 


Eye makeup is used extensively even by women who don’t use heavy makeup. But it’s important to remember that your eyes and the skin around them is the most sensitive area of your face. Layers of eye makeup can be damaging to your eyes as it also slips into your eyes through the corners causing irritation. Too much mascara and eyeliner inhibits the growth of eyelashes and also becomes a breeding ground for bacteria which could lead to irritations and infections.



Cosmetic products and deodorants when used gets directly absorbed by your skin, so it’s very likely that the chemicals used in these products also seep into your body. A research study conducted on rats revealed that butyl paraben adversely affects the secretion of a hormone called testosterone  and the function of the male reproductive system. Even though majority of these consumers are women, it’s still important to note the adverse effects parabens can have on the reproductive system. Parabens are widely used in the skincare industry and even products labelled natural could have parabens in them.



When you use skin products for a longer period of time, the chemicals present tend to permanently damage your skin. With time, you could begin to see skin ageing signs likes wrinkles or patchiness on your face and body. While makeup does help you hide or cover flaws in your skin, the long term effects could be counterproductive. Also, considering how big the anti-ageing products market is, cosmetic companies have no incentive to reduce the ageing effects of makeup.



With extended use of makeups, you can have an impact on your endocrine system and this can interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland. Triclosan is a commonly used chemical compound and can be found in products like acne-removal scrubs and deodorants to keep them free of germs. With regular use, triclosan gets absorbed and accumulated in your body and affects the thyroid gland causing an disturbances in the hormonal secretions. This could lead to thyroid related conditions like headaches, weight gain, and depression.



Most of the chemical-based cosmetics available in the market today contain toxic ingredients that are possible cancer-causing agents. With regulations in place, there is testing being done on the ingredients before the products can be sold. However, cosmetics companies need only prove that there will be no immediate harmful results. So there is no conclusive research done on the long-term effects of all the ingredients. Therefore, its advisable to avoid products with the following ingredients.

  • Coal tar
  • Benzene
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol)
  • Chromium
  • Phenacetin
  • Cadmium and its compounds
  •  Untreated or mildly treated mineral oils
  • Arsenic
  • Crystalline silica (or quartz)