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No particular ingredient, but I try my hardest to stay away from companies that test on animals. Which does not leave me much of a choice..

Me too! I never thought about for a while until I read what they do… it sucks a lot. We have nars, chanel, clinique, mac, and revlon too… the only thing that makes me sad is loreal hip…

Silicones for me as well. Any high concentration makes my skin burn. I’ll also echo Claudine about animal testing. Once all the products I have run out, I won’t be repurchasing from such brands. Which sucks, because my favorite tinted moisturizer is from Neutrogena…

Mineral Oil for sure!
I don’t what it is, but my skin does not agree with it what so ever.
It’s used quite a LOT in makeup products 🙁

I avoid petroleum jelly and mineral oil at all costs. In lip balm (and gloss) and cream, it does not absorb into skin. It is helpful in acting as a protective barrier for extremely chapped lips (ie: cuts and cracks) but it does not actually provide moisture for the skin. Also, after multiple uses it actually breaks down your skin’s (including skin on lips) natural oil barrier and so once it wears off, the skin is actually in worse condition than before. Ingredients such as shea butter actually absorb into skin and provide moisture.

Pretty much any product i cant pronounce or never heard of. I’ve gotten away from using products with salicylic acids or just lots of ahas because they seemed to break me out. I stay with more natural ingredients like essential oils or natural acids. I love lush!

The only thing I avoid is Mineral oil, which is in some skin care products like face creams/lotions. It’s like byproducts of distilled petroleum. I avoid it because it can clog pores and can cause premature aging and is also linked to cancer. So I pretty much avoid ALL Ponds products, because most of their products have mineral oil in them.

I used to avoid anything with too many chemicals, parabens, phthalates, talc, sls etc… I only really try to stay away from parabens now. I found you really cant run from bad ingredients and be a makeup/beauty obsessed person. *sigh*

benzoyl peroxide. i have small pimples every now and then but i prefer salicylic acid- benzoyl peroxide literally stings my skin.

I try to avoid sls (sodium laurel sulfate) and parabens in my skincare items. I could care less about what’s in the actual makeup, as long as it’s pretty! Oh and that the companies doesn’t test on animals.

I avoid benzoyl peroxide completely. I was using Clinique’s Acne Solutions Emergency Gel as lotion, as in I used it all over my face in large quantities. I didn’t know you were supposed to use it as a spot treatment! After about two years of this, I developed an allergy to the main ingredient: benzoyl peroxide. Now whenever I use even the tiniest amount my face breaks out in a red, burning and itchy rash. My bad.

Anything with aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), salicylic acid, willow, willow bark, etc. If it even LOOKS like it might contain something chemically related I will not buy.

Menthol. My skin can’t tolerate it… causes it to become dry, red, itchy/burning 🙁 I don’t like products with strong fragrances either.

I get Cystic Pimples from chemical sunscreens so i avoid them in makeup.. and anything waterproof as it usually contains Latex and I have an allergy to latex..

Thanks Christine, that’s really good to know. I never made that connection and I definitely have those monsters pop up from time to time! I’ve been trying some more silicone based products recently to smooth things out–large pores,acne scars:( Anything else I could try? The only two products I avoid (that I can think of)-alcohol and petroleum-possible breast cancer link to petroleum. Info from Dr.Oz-he seems pretty on top of things! I also try to avoid fragrance or any other irritant.

I’ve got a whole list! I’m unfortunatly very prone to skin breakouts, so most silicone-based products are a no-go for me. I also avoid products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and formaldehyde. And when a product claims to be ‘natural’ and ‘organic’, i always check the ingredients list to check if ‘all those natural ingredients’ aren’t on the bottom of that list :-p

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