• Question: what chemicals that are sometimes used in facial products are bad for your skin?

    Asked by iamsirius to Alex, Amy, Andy, Georgia, Ollie on 16 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Ollie Russell

      Ollie Russell answered on 14 Jun 2011:

      Alochol is normally found in skin creams. If you put pure alcohol on your skin then it tends to dry it out and can irritate it.

    • Photo: Amy Reeve

      Amy Reeve answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      There are a few chemicals that have been used in various skin creams and make ups etc. These include parabens (e.g methylparaben) and sodium lauryl sulphate. Some of these have been shown to be potentially damaging, but the quantities used in the majority of big brand cosmetics are so tiny it is unlikely that they will do any harm to your skin 🙂 Just be careful if you have sensitive skin 🙂