The end of the year is always a moment of reflection. What did those 365 days brought? Realized plans, goals achieved? Many people therefore make good intentions. Less smoking, less drinks, more sports and healthier eating .. If I can add one to the list, it is this: stopping perfume on the skin.
More and more people are struggling with skin problems. A study by the CBS and the organization of skin patients Netherlands showed that around 400,000 people with eczema and psoriasis were added between 2001 and 2017. In total there are approximately 1.3 million people with these skin problems.
Some skin specialists say that the increase in these skin problems has to deal with the increased use of cleaning products. We would be 'too clean', which reduces the resilience of our skin. That argument does not apply to psoriasis anyway, because that is an autoimmune disease on which washing has hardly any influence.
What can affect the emergence and worsening of skin problems is the abundant use of products with aggressive ingredients. Many cosmetic products contain substances that are required for the stability and attractiveness (texture and odor) of the product, but that are an attack on the skin. This also applies to many 'active substances'. In anti-aging products, for example, substances that make the skin make thinner and therefore more vulnerable, while advertisers describe it as "stimulating the skin to create more collagen and elastin".
By using (many) conventional cosmetic products daily, we not only kill the 'bad' but also the 'good' bacteria, the one that needs our skin to stay healthy. The 'good' bacteria keep the skin flora balance, but due to the many aggressive products often get the chance to do their job. In my opinion, sensitive skin is previously caused by incorrect care products (and nutrition) than washing through too often.
In my practice, I have all too often seen that skin problems come up correctly if the skin is not regularly cleaned and properly cleaned. Then flopped pores, enhancing (too many dead skin cells on top), pimples, itching and dull skin.
In addition, people of themselves usually have a neutral scent that does not have to be blemid with perfume at all. We can stink of sweat, that's right, but sweat smell is caused by too much 'bad' bacteria that we can balance with good and soft hygiene. I have not been using perfume more on my skin for years and have never noticed that I started to sweat more. Whoever is looking for a good intention for 2019: Stop perfume and perfumed products for the skin! Not perfumed products you will find here .