Category Archives: Problem Pages

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A Problem With Skin Reactions To Esters

My long term Twitter chum Musical Houses raised a problem she has with some cosmetic ingredients with me over Twitter, using no less than 8 tweets to do it.  Such patience clearly deserves an answer.

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What Are The Risks of Combining Dihydroxyacetone and Dimethyl Isosorbide in Self Tans?

Hi Colin, I’ve been a loyal reader of your blog for quite some time and enjoy the reliable advice you give as a professional. Therefore I would like your opinion on something that has been bothering me for a while. … Continue reading

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Which Ingredients Block Pores?

I have written before about how I don’t think that there is very much value in the comedogenic scale that attempts to rate cosmetic ingredient for their potential to cause blackheads.  But this rather begs the question, posed to me … Continue reading

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Does Baking Soda Soften Nails?

A question from Amanda I have a question. I have used a baking soda scrub on my scalp (scrub a handful of dry baking soda into wet hair, rinse thoroughly, then follow with an ACV/water rinse. I tried the more … Continue reading

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Sensitive Skin

An interesting question from Patricia that I think might interest some other people. I have sensitive skin and always look for cosmetic products which are free of harsh chemicals. I was not aware of the m1 preservative until today when … Continue reading

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Milk of Magnesia for the Skin

This is an odd one.  Alexi writes Hi, Colin I have question about milk of magnesia. A lot of ladies are saying that it’s effective at controlling oil on their skin, but is it safe? I’ve heard that milk of … Continue reading

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Alum as antiperspirant

A question about alum from Alice. Hello Colin, Thank you for taking the time to write such a informative blog. I have a question concering potassium alum. I have been researching this product and I keep seeing comments like “its … Continue reading

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Eczema on the Eyelids

A question from Breanna who suffers from eczema, eyelids being her particular problem. Hello! I just found your page from a post on Reddit.com. I will get right to the point-I have eczema all over my body, but the worst … Continue reading

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Cross Sensitivity

I got a good point made to me via e-mail responding to one of my posts about methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone.   He or she desribes themselves by the pathos ridden name foreverbotheredbythisallergy and referring to some products that readers have identifed … Continue reading

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Coconut Oil causes spots?

One of the drawbacks I have found with setting myself up as an internet guru is that the more questions I get the more I realise how little I know.  Take this one from Rebecca. Hello. First off, I am … Continue reading

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