When it comes to acne scar skin care, there are hundreds of products that use harsh chemicals such as hydroquinone, a harsh skin-bleaching agent that has been banned in most countries when it was found to be a carcinogen. This chemical also causes ochronosis — a skin disease that causes blue-black spots on the skin. Acne scar skin care treatments such as hydroquinone may also be used raw material of herbicides, dyestuffs, and rubber antioxidants. This is obviously something that you do not want to use on your already vulnerable and sensitive skin.
Fortunately, a number of cosmetics companies have discontinued using hydroquinone and other harsh chemicals in acne treatments. Instead, they use a number of vegan and vegetarian friendly ingredients that can be found in nature. These cruelty-free ingredients help speed the healing process along after a severe acne breakout. Just a few natural ingredients used for acne scars include rosehip, sandalwood, lemon, vitamin E, vitamin A, aloe vera juice, lavender oil, and even tomato.
According to Caringconsumer.com there are literally dozens of cosmetics companies that carry acne treatments and acne scar skin care products that are cruelty free, meaning they are safe for the environment and they have not been tested on animals. Just a few of the top skin care companies that carry quality, cruelty free products include Almay, Beauty Without Cruelty, and Clarins.
Almay has been in business since 1931. Even back then, Almay used pure, hypoallergenic ingredients that were safe for even the most sensitive skin. Almay was the world’s first hypoallergenic cosmetics brand, and the first brand to make 100% fragrance-free products. It was also one of the first cosmetics companies to disclose all ingredients used, the first brand to perform safety testing for allergy irritation, the first brand to formulate for contact lens wearers, and the first brand to create cosmetics regimens for specific skin types. Almay does not test on animals and it uses natural ingredients such as soybean, rosehips, licorice, and aloe, to name just a few. Almay products can be purchased online through the official website or at any beauty supply house, cosmetics retailer or drug store. www.almay.com
Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) was founded in 1963 in England. The trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization, came together for a common goal – to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were not tested on animals and products that did not contain any animal ingredients. Beauty Without Cruelty offers a full line of cruelty-free vegetarian, skin and body, and hair care products made from natural ingredients and organic aroma-therapeutic essential oils. Beauty Without Cruelty’s full line of color cosmetics reaches across all lines in order to meet the beauty needs of all women.
Beauty Without Cruelty Products may be purchased from your local natural foods retailer, and at some drug stores and vitamin shops. You can also purchase BWC products online directly from the Beauty Without Cruelty website: www.beautywithoutcruelty.com.
Clarins was established in 1954. In 1987, Clarins became the first cosmetics company to stop all product testing on animals and in 1991, it stopped using cellular extracts of animal origin. The Clarins Group prides itself on consumer safety and the protection of both the environment and animals. So, since 1994 the French company has not used any ingredients of animal origin in its formulas. This move cemented Clarins’ place in history as the first cosmetics company to end the use of ingredients derived from animals. Instead of using animal ingredients, Clarins uses plants – the key component of the Clarins brand. The use of plants has benefited many animal species as well as the environment. Clarins sells cruelty-free cosmetics, face and body care products, and fragrances.
Clarins products can be purchased online through the official Clarins website at www.clarins.com or at a number of Clarins cosmetics counters around the world. Just a few of the fine department stores currently carrying the Clarins brand include: Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom. Clarins can also be purchased at Sephora and a number of freestanding Clarins stores around the world. To search for a Clarins counter or freestanding store in your area, visit the official website to search for stores by city and state. www.clarins.com