Clean Ingredients - AlumierMD USA

Understanding Ingredients

Knowledge is vital when it comes to understanding what is in cosmetic products. As a brand that’s committed to education and offers unparalleled training to our professionals, it’s important to us that we provide the same opportunity for learning to our patients. Read on for the industry’s most problematic ingredients and why they should be avoided.


The Reality

Government authorities do not regulate or approve cosmetic products before they go to market, so consumers are reliant on their own research to understand what is in them.


The Resource

At AlumierMD, we list all ingredients on our packaging and website to maintain absolute transparency and ensure consumers know exactly what is in every product and treatment. The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) system is a list of scientific names (and Latin and English words) given to common cosmetic ingredients. INCI names often differ greatly from their more commonly known ones, which can make ingredient lists hard to decipher. (For example, Vitamin E can be listed as Tocopherol or Tocopheryl Acetate by INCI.)

To help you figure out what you might be at risk of putting on your skin, below are some of the biggest ingredients to avoid, by Common INCI Names.


Ingredients to Avoid

Click on the ingredients to learn more.

Parabens

Common Names

Butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, polyparaben

Effects Explained

Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the body’s endocrine (hormonal) system and produce adverse effects in development and the reproductive, neurological and immune systems.

Environmental Contaminants

Substances that when introduced to the environment may cause harm to humans, animals and nature.

Cancer Risk

An ingredient that has either been proven to or is suspected of causing cancer.

Preservatives

Preservatives are used in skincare products to prevent growth of microorganisms, including mold and bacteria. That being said, there are certain preservatives that have been shown to have negative health effects. Therefore, we have chosen to ban them from our selection as a part of our clean science mission.

Common Names

Diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (IPBC), methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCIT), methylisothiazolinone (MIT), quaternium-15, triclosan

Effects Explained

Environmental Contaminants

Substances that when introduced to the environment may cause harm to humans, animals and nature.

Contact Dermatitis or Irritant Risk

An ingredient with the potential to cause contact dermatitis or skin irritation.

Phthalates

Common Names

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP)

Effects Explained

Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the body’s endocrine (hormonal) system and produce adverse effects in development and the reproductive, neurological and immune systems.

Cancer Risk

An ingredient that has either been proven to or is suspected of causing cancer.

Petrolatum

Common Names

Multi-hydrocarbon, petrolatum, petrolatum jelly, soft paraffin

Effects Explained

Contact Dermatitis or Irritant Risk

An ingredient with the potential to cause contact dermatitis or skin irritation.

Environmental Contaminants

Substances that when introduced to the environment may cause harm to humans, animals and nature.

Harsh Surfactants

Common Names

Benzalkonium chloride, sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), quaternary ammonium compounds (Quats)<br/>

Effects Explained

Bacterial Resistance

Usually associated with harsh surfactants, bacterial resistance is when bacteria have the capacity to withstand the effects of the treatment intended to destroy or control them.

Contact Dermatitis or Irritant Risk

An ingredient with the potential to cause contact dermatitis or skin irritation.

Artificial Fragrances & Dyes

Common Names

Fragrance, parfum (artificial), all colours listed (ex: Red 1-4, Blue 1, Yellow 5-6)

Effects Explained

Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the body’s endocrine (hormonal) system and produce adverse effects in development and the reproductive, neurological and immune systems.

Contact Dermatitis or Irritant Risk

An ingredient with the potential to cause contact dermatitis or skin irritation.

Cancer Risk

An ingredient that has either been proven to or is suspected of causing cancer.

Chemical Sunscreen Filters

Common Names

Avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate (or octyl methoxycinnamate OMC), oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3), PABA and PABA derivatives (padimate O)

Effects Explained

Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the body’s endocrine (hormonal) system and produce adverse effects in development and the reproductive, neurological and immune systems.

Contact Dermatitis or Irritant Risk

An ingredient with the potential to cause contact dermatitis or skin irritation.

Environmental Contaminants

Substances that when introduced to the environment may cause harm to humans, animals and nature.

Cancer Risk

An ingredient that has either been proven to or is suspected of causing cancer.

Key Definitions To Know

Our commitment to Clean Science means we embrace both natural and synthetic ingredients focusing on safety over source. A combination of natural, certified organic, and safely synthesized ingredients creates the most effective product.

Organic

"Organic" is a term used for something that has been grown without pesticides and/or artificial chemicals.

Natural

"Natural" is not a regulated term, so when it comes to ingredients it is meaningless. There are also many natural substances that are harmful to humans. For example, lead and arsenic are natural and toxic.

Synthetic

"Synthetic" ingredients are synthesized by chemists, but that does not mean they are inferior. In selecting the best ingredients for topical skincare, the focus is on safety over the source. Examples include: synthetic peptides, which have numerous skin benefits; and lactic acid, which no longer comes from soured milk but is safely made and offers the same (if not better) results.