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Microbead Exfoliants Toxic? standard

You may have been reading about the recent research into the toxicity of microbeads showing up in the food chain.  Scientists have calculated alarming amounts of these tiny plastic beads in the Great Lakes.  Their concern is that through the use of cosmetics and toiletries they are being washed into the waterways.  The fish are eating these beads and then it can end up in the food chain. Some companies have voluntarily chosen to no longer use these microbeads.  This is great news.  My only concern is that they do not now return to harsh alternatives such as seed and fruit scrubs.  These scrubs scratch with irregularity at the skin, and I have seen much damage from them.  At home ...

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ARE CLOGGED PORES “DIRTY”? standard

Are clogged pores dirty? Due to many images and advertisements of people attempting to clean their skin at the surface, many believe that clogged pores get “dirty” from dirt in the air (or something). In my experience, this is not the case.  Science also explains this. One of the ways to look at this is to observe the effects of the drug Accutane that has been prescribed for Acne. My understanding of this drug (it is taken internally) is that it works on the glands and sebaceous cells themselves. My observation of clients who actually were on the Accutane drug were that the pores just simply shrank dramatically over a six month period.  My understanding is that it inhibits the ...

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