There is a whole world of makeup out there to explore. To a lot of women, makeup is more than just a tool that enhances some features. It has become a medium to express themselves and to make them feel beautiful and alive.

While makeup can help amplify one’s beauty and confidence, it can also be harmful. Studies have shown that certain kinds of chemicals found in makeup are hazardous to people’s health. The effects vary; ranging from skin rashes to certain cancers.

Luckily, not all makeup contain these harmful chemicals. Time to start checking the labels and backings of your makeup to look out for these toxic ingredients as listed by the U.S Food & Drug Administration.

This chemical can be found in some eye shadows. It is responsible in preventing bacterial build up in makeups. Not only does it cause skin allergies, but can also weaken the immune system.

Sometimes, makeup companies list them in labels as methylene glycol, so be wary on what makeup you buy.

Propylene glycol
It is a clear, odorless liquid used generally as a solvent in several oral and other pharmaceutical solutions. In makeup, it is used for two primary reasons: to help the skin keeps its moisture and to help active ingredients penetrate the skin.

Propylene glycol is generally safe for use. However, it can instantly irritate the skin in heavy, immediate doses. What’s worse is that it has been found to cause dermatitis and even hives.

Prime yellow carnauba wax
This chemical is often found in mascaras and eyeliners. It holds the color in place and makes the makeup last longer. It is also responsible for the waterproof effect that every makeup geek wants.

Carnauba wax’s residue can get stuck in oil glands around the eye, eventually making the eyes dry. It may even result to dry eye disease.

Parabens are used to avoid bacteria build up in makeup, keeping it safe for several months. What’s dangerous about paraben is that it can easily penetrate the skin and go directly in the bloodstream. There have been cases that this element caused reproductive toxicity and even breast cancer.

So, if you look at your makeup’s label and see anything that ends with paraben, better stay away from it.

Carbon Black
This chemical is often found in eyeliners, mascaras, eye shadows, and eyebrow tints. It is usually in powder form. It has been proven to cause cancer and toxicity in the organ system.

Sometimes, it is listed on the label as D & C Black No. 2, acetylene black, channel black, furnace black, lamp black, or thermal black.

Beauty should enhance the natural flush of your health, not the other way around. So when it comes to makeup, you go girl and slay! But always remember to use makeup products that have safe and effective ingredients.

Knowing the best ingredients that will pamper our skin to its finest can be done with the help of dermatologists. ManilaMed has a pool of world class dermatological experts that can help you get the best beauty regimen for your skin. Visit to see the list of doctors available for you.