28.9.11

A Word of Warning - La Roche-Posay


I received in the post a free sample of La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP and Lipikar Lait.  This was something I had signed up for via the UK National Eczema Society.  I am always attracted to products that claim to help people managed their eczema. The claim being made by La Roche-Posay is their Lipikar range has been designed to help break the itching cycle associated with eczema and products are free from parabens, fragrance and SLS. 

Here are the ingredients for the Baume AP

AQUA / WATER
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER
GLYCERIN
NIACINAMIDE
CYCLOHEXASILOXANE
PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM / MINERAL OIL
CETEARYL ALCOHOL
BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS OLEIFERA OIL / RAPESEED SEED OIL
AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE
PEG-100 STEARATE
CERA MICROCRISTALLINA / MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX
GLYCERYL STEARATE
PEG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE
PARAFFIN
SORBITAN TRISTEARATE
DIMETHICONE
DIMETHICONOL
DISODIUM EDTA
CAPRYLOYL GLYCINE
XANTHAN GUM
PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE
SODIUM BENZOATE
PHENOXYETHANOL

Now I am still learning the ropes when it comes to “bad” ingredients but there are a couple that jump out at me...Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil and Paraffin.  As for the ingredients in Lipikar Lait (see below) I spy Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol and parfum

AQUA / WATER
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER
GLYCERIN
PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM / MINERAL OIL
OCTYLDODECANOL
PEG-30 STEARATE
GLYCERYL STEARATE
NIACINAMIDE
DIMETHICONE
CETYL ALCOHOL
CETYL ACETATE
SODIUM BENZOATE
PHENOXYETHANOL
STEARETH-10
ACETYLATED LANOLIN ALCOHOL
CAPRYLOYL GLYCINE
ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
BISABOLOL
TETRASODIUM EDTA
PARFUM / FRAGRANCE

Lanolin for me is a definite skin irritant which my Mum avoided smearing me in as a baby and I have followed this advice into adulthood.  Mineral oils or paraffin are used as a skin emollient but it does not absorb easily and sits on the skin blocking pores.  I don’t know about you but my eczema needs to breathe.

Eczema can be a debilitating skin condition and I am not about to lecture you on how you should manage it but personally these products contain ingredients I avoid.  


8 comments:

  1. Thank you for the warning! I have psoriasis so I will be steering clear.

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  2. If you're interesting in ingredients, a great website to check out is.. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

    You can look up products! :)

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  3. @Staci glad to be of help its my personal belief that skin conditions like yours and mine need natural TLC.

    @Vintage Makeup thanks you for the website link, very helpful

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  4. I have just started a blog on science communication sciencesosexy.blogspot.com. Maybe you'd like to guest post on your knowledge of skin products? I think it would be a great addition. Let me know if you're interested. I am your enwest follower, hopping from BSN x

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  5. @Esmeralda thanks for following, your blog looks very interesting

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  6. I think it is great that your blog is dedicated to chemical free products. I have tested & currently testing a few products for sensitive skin, so hopefully it will help you :) x

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  7. That's scary that they use those ingredients to treat skin conditions like Eczema, even if they are paraben free, I don't understand how parrafin is meant to do anything good for your skin. I think companies just use it as a cheap filler. I agree that natural products are probably best when it comes to skin conditions.

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  8. @MissTeaAddict - I totally agree with your comment, I never have understood the use of paraffin once I realised what is was and how it effects the skin.

    @Kia - thank you, its something I strongly believe in and wanted to tell the world. I look forward to reading about the products you are testing

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