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Doctors in the UK have raised concerns about a preservative used commonly in moisturisers, toners, deodorants, shampoos, cosmetics and baby wipes. Preservatives methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MI) have been linked to an outbreak of acute dermatitis, mostly in women over 40. In the US, the American Contact Dermatitis Society named MI ‘contact allergen of the year’ for 2013. 

Research in the UK suggests that the rate of allergy to these two preservatives is around 10%. Here, a study by the Contact Dermatitis Clinic, Skin and Cancer Foundation in Melbourne found that MI is also an "important allergen in both cosmetic and occupational settings in Australia." Allergic reactions to the preservatives include facial swelling, itching, hives and redness.

Pharmaoil is 100% preservative free and we use all natural ingredients that are kind to your skin.

Yours in skin health,

Pharmaoil.

It's a label being used more and more often: paraben-free. But what exactly are parabens and why are some researchers concerned about their widespread use?

Parabens are a group of common chemicals used in many cosmetics and skin care products, including deodorants, moisturisers and soaps, to preserve them. They're controversial because researchers in the United Kingdom recently studied 40 samples of tissues from breast cancer sufferers and found that parabens were contained in every single sample. Another study by the US's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the common parabens, Methylparaben and Propylparaben were found in the urine of most people that they tested, indicating widespread exposure in the US population. Concerns have long been raised about a possible link between parabens and breast cancer as they possess oestrogenic properties.

Of course, much more research needs to be done to get to the bottom of whether there is a link between parabens and breast cancer. But while the jury is still out, Pharmaoil will not be using any parabens in our products. We also do not use parabens because they a known skin irritant for those who suffer paraben allergies, causing contact dermatitis and rosacea in these sufferers.

Common parabens include methylparaben (E number E218), ethylparaben (E214), propylparaben (E216) and butylparaben. Less common parabens include isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, benzylparaben and their sodium salts.

Yours in skin health,

Pharmaoil

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Did you know that Australians on average consume 6 kilograms of palm oil each year? Why? Because palm oil is everywhere on our grocery shelves from bread, soaps, shampoos and cosmetics. According to a recent report by the World Wildlife Fund and the Grocery Council of Australia, 30 per cent of all forest loss in Malaysia and Indonesia between 2005-2010 can be attributed to the palm oil industry. It's used in so many things because it is cheap and it grows fast.

What is worrying is that according to Choice magazine  it is very difficult for Australians to avoid consuming palm oil because it can be labelled as vegetable oil under Australian food labelling standards. It can also be very difficult to avoid using cosmetics and personal care products with palm oil because they are also often labelled under another name. Some chemicals that can be derived from palm oil include sodium palm kernelte, steareth-2 and stearic acid. Check out South Australia zoo's full list of ingredients that can be derived from palm oil.

We here at Pharmaoil do not use palm oil in any of our products. In fact, the majority of our oils are produced in Australia and are much superior oils for your skin, for overseas forests and for the orang utans.

Yours in skin heath,

Pharmaoil

 

Pharmaoil may be natural but we are also proudly cruelty free. A recent investigation by Choice magazine found that many companies that have had to start animal testing again have failed to tell their customers. They've had to begin testing on animals again to break into the lucrative Chinese market, where it is mandatory for all personal care products to be tested on animals for skin and eye irritation.

On a more positive note, the EU recently banned companies from selling cosmetics that have been newly tested anywhere in the world. The moves strengthens the EU's ban on animal tested products being sold in the region - which makes the entire EU now cruelty free.

Yours in skin health,

Pharmaoil.

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Looks like we're not the only ones who believe in the power of natural oils. Check out this article from the US's Glamour magazine, which interviews Dr Joshua Zeichner about the beneficial effects of natural plant oils on the skin.

 

From moisturising dry or ageing skin to calming sensitive and irritated skin as well as regulating oil production, plant oils are fast becoming recognised as a must have for all skin types - by doctors and beauty therapists alike. And the good news - all the oils that we use in our products are in their pure form.

 

Yours in skin health,

Pharmaoil


Welcome to Pharmaoil’s Healthy Skin Blog. By regularly blogging, our aim is to provide you with the latest news and research on skin health. 

 

For example, just this month there were fresh concerns in Australia about nano-particles used in sunscreens. Particularly anatase titanium dioxide nano-particles, which appeared to cause tough roof coating to prematurely deteriorate after being handled by workers with sunscreen on their hands. The concern being that if this can cause roof coating to prematurely weather then what is it doing to our skin.

 

We believe that much more research needs to be done to understand the effect that many synthetic ingredients are having on our skin, particularly long-term and accumulated use. Our skin was never designed to handle synthetic and toxic ingredients.

 

We hope you’ve had a chance to look around our website and check out our whole range of natural skin care products – all designed with your skin health as our number one priority.

 

Yours in skin health,

 

Pharmaoil.