The Harsh Reality of Forever Chemicals in Skincare

by Sara Banta | Mar 23, 2024 | AHP News, Skin Health


Many of us take supplements to support our nutrition and detoxification but don’t think twice about what we are putting on our skin. We wonder why our skin looks dull or has acne or wrinkles, when in fact, it may be the harsh forever chemicals in our skincare that are doing more harm than good!

Skin – Our Largest Organ

The skin is the body’s largest organ. Understanding how to detox and nourish our skin is imperative for overall health and longevity, in addition to maintaining vibrant, beautiful skin.

The skin is the richest source of hormones and immune cells; it holds 20 percent of the body’s entire iodine reserves, as well as 20 percent of the entire body’s hydration. Furthermore, it holds the majority of the Chinese meridians in the body responsible for energy flow that is optimized when unobstructed by skin irregularities.

The Harsh Reality of Forever Chemicals in Skincare

Most cosmetics, face cleansers, moisturizers, and beauty products have synthetic and toxic ingredients in them with misleading labels. These chemicals are called per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals”. They are used as ingredients that can make beauty products waterproof, long-lasting and help them spread smoothly across skin. The depths of the impact on our health are still being uncovered. EWG’s Skin Deep database is a great resource that allows you to search for cosmetic ingredients, to see if they meet the allowed criteria. There are also apps like Yuka you can use to scan a certain product and see if it contains carcinogens, allergens, endocrine disruptors, or irritants.

The Top Skincare Chemicals to Avoid

Below is a list of the most common chemicals to look out for in different skincare products. In general, these chemicals are treated as “poisons” or toxins by the body and have to be filtered through the detox pathways in the liver and the kidneys. As the detox organs are already burdened with GMO’s, radiation, toxins from the water and food supply, spike protein, and more, these chemicals could be the tipping point to trigger systemic health issues.


  • Polyacrylamide (possible acrylamide contamination)
  • PTFE (possible PFOA contamination)
  • Petrolatum (possible PAH contamination)
  • UV filters (octinoxate, oxybenzone, homosalate)

Color Cosmetics: Blush, Face Powders, Eye Shadow, etc.

  • Titanium dioxide (inhalable, nanosized)
  • Carbon black
  • PTFE (possible PFOA contamination)
  • Talc
  • BHA
  • Silica
  • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (e.g. imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15)

Skin Lighteners

  • Butylated hydroxytoluene; BHT
  • Ceteareth-20 (1,4-dioxane contamination)
  • DMDM hydantoin (formaldehyde releaser)
  • Padimate O (nitrosamine contamination)
  • Hydroquinone

What These “Forever Chemicals” Can Do to Your Body

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Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemical compounds designed to repel grease, oil, water, and heat. Initially introduced in the 1940s, they have since become integral components in numerous products, spanning stain and water-resistant fabrics, carpeting, cleaning products, paints, and fire-fighting foams.

Compounds Containing Butyl

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) serve as preservatives in numerous personal care products and are also employed in preserving various foods. However, these compounds have been associated with a myriad of health issues, notably including concerns related to endocrine disruption and toxicity to organ systems.

Compounds Containing Ethanolamine (MEA, DEA, TEA, etc)

Ethanolamines are found in a wide array of consumer goods, spanning cosmetics, personal care items, and household cleaning products. Both MEA and DEA have been associated with the development of liver tumors. Notably, the European Commission has banned the use of diethanolamine (DEA) in cosmetics to minimize the risk of contamination by carcinogenic nitrosamines.

Lead and Various Heavy Metals

A wide range of personal care products, such as lipstick, whitening toothpaste, eyeliner, and nail color, contain heavy metals and elements such as lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminum, zinc, chromium, and iron.


Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and its derivatives find widespread application in sunscreens as ultraviolet B (UVB) filters. While the utilization of PABA has diminished over time, its derivatives continue to be prevalent. Research suggests that PABA may potentially influence thyroid activity, and its derivatives, may possess additional endocrine-disrupting properties.


Parabens serve as preservatives in numerous personal care items and food products, aiming to inhibit microbial growth. These substances, known for their endocrine-disrupting properties, can be absorbed through the skin, bloodstream, and the digestive system.


Phthalates are chemicals associated with endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer. Despite being prohibited in cosmetics within the European Union, these substances continue to be widespread in products available in the United States.

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a.k.a Teflon™, in your makeup? Sounds unpleasant. This non-stick component, along with other fluorinated compounds, has been linked to delayed menstruation, delayed breast development, and cancer.


Preservatives are employed in cosmetics to hinder the proliferation of harmful bacteria and mold. Commonly utilized preservatives in cosmetic and personal care products include parabens and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives.


Retinol, the chemical term for the crucial micronutrient vitamin A, can pose health risks when incorporated into cosmetic products in specific forms. It is advisable to avoid two specific derivatives, namely retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate, in cosmetics and personal care items. Additionally, caution should be exercised in using high doses of retinol itself.


Certain talc products may contain the recognized carcinogen asbestos, making it imperative to steer clear of talc in powders and other personal care items unless it is confirmed to be asbestos-free. Even talc labeled as asbestos-free should be avoided in pelvic areas.

Titanium Dioxide

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) finds application in various personal care items such as sunscreens, pressed powders, and loose powders, serving as a UV filter or whitening agent.

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As someone who has suffered from acne, wrinkles, uneven skin, and internal health issues, I wanted to create the Accelerated Face Lift skincare line to address all of these issues with natural, yet cutting edge and scalar enhanced products. The products are designed to not only address wrinkles, brown spots, and dull aging skin, but also, acne, inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, skin detox, collagen support and more.

Accelerated Face Lift Mask

The Accelerated Face Lift Mask is designed to stir up, bind and remove toxins from the skin that cause acne, scars, blemishes, puffiness, inflammation, age spots, and roughness. It is composed of concentrated ancient and ionic minerals and then enhanced with scalar frequencies to help nourish the skin and improve electrical conductivity.

The ingredients include a negatively charged micron-sized, jurassic-period volcanic mineral rich residue clay; zeolite; magnesium; Accelerated Ancient Salt®; and additional organic nurturing ingredients. It is then enhanced with scalar frequencies to increase its detoxification and restorative properties.

Accelerated Face Lift Spray

The Accelerated Face Lift Spray encompasses a myriad of skin-revitalizing nutrients, including:

  • Nano collagen
  • Nano hyaluronic acid
  • Nano plant-based minerals
  • Aloe polysaccharides
  • Wild ginseng extract

The smaller size of the nanoparticles allows for improved absorption. Additionally, the formula undergoes bio-energetic enhancement through water implosion technology and scalar frequencies, to enhance efficacy and absorption. The Accelerated Face Lift Spray is programmed with frequencies to:

  • Balance the endocrine system
  • Promote healthy skin
  • Minimize wrinkles

Accelerated Face Lift Cream

The Accelerated Face Lift Cream is designed to complement the Accelerated Face Lift Spray, offering a concentrated healing skin cream, meticulously crafted in small batches by a master herbalist. It incorporates rare wildcrafted/organic herbs, vitamins, and minerals, ensuring significant nutrient density in each ounce for unparalleled results. In contrast to many other products that merely include a minimal amount of expensive nutrients, what is sometimes termed as “Fairy Dusting” for labeling purposes, this cream stands out.
Moreover, the Accelerated Face Lift Cream is embedded with programmed scalar frequencies to help:

  • Balance the endocrine system
  • Promote healthy skin
  • Minimize wrinkles

Accelerated Face Lift Serum

The Accelerated Face Lift Serum helps repair and rejuvenate your skin without harsh irritants. It is infused with essential oils like emu oil, cinnamon, myrrh, and kaneh-bosm, which are known to deeply penetrate the skin while combating wrinkles and acne.

Just a little goes a long way! Packed with a potent blend that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it also hydrates and nourishes the skin without clogging the pores.

Advantages of the Accelerated Face Lift Serum:

  • Natural Face Lift: This serum offers a non-surgical alternative to traditional face lifts, promoting skin toning and tightening for a more youthful appearance.
  • Anti-Aging Elixir: Packed with a potent blend of essential oils, the serum effectively diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, contributing to a smoother and more youthful complexion.
  • Skin Rejuvenation: The combination of oils facilitates skin cell regeneration, aiding in the rejuvenation of your complexion and the fading of blemishes.
  • Even Skin Tone: This serum helps reduce hyperpigmentation and redness, resulting in a more even skin tone.
  • Fast Absorption: The lightweight and non-greasy formula ensures quick absorption, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
  • Natural and Safe: Free from harmful chemicals, parabens, and sulfates, this serum is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

SIV™ Biome Balancing Serum

Each individual possesses a unique skin microbiome, a diverse ecosystem teeming with millions of naturally occurring bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This microbiome is responsive to factors like hormones, dietary choices, and environmental conditions. Crucially, it plays a pivotal role in maintaining the strength, health, and balance of our skin by producing vital molecules that support its overall well-being.

A robust skin microbiome functions as a protective barrier, warding off potential threats from invading microorganisms such as dirt and harmful bacteria, which can trigger a range of skin conditions.

The composition and function of the skin microbiome can be influenced by a variety of factors, including personal hygiene practices, the use of cosmetics, genetic predispositions, age, and gender. These factors collectively shape the unique landscape of each individual’s skin microbiome, highlighting its dynamic nature and importance in skin health.

Introducing SIV’s Biome-Balancing Serum, a groundbreaking topical solution crafted to revolutionize skincare by tailoring its benefits to your individual skin biome. By tapping into your skin’s unique characteristics and environmental factors, this serum offers a personalized approach to skincare unlike any other.

SUPPORTS BALANCE: This serum is designed to adapt to your specific skin microbiome, helping to calm and soothe irritated skin by restoring its natural equilibrium.

DELIVERS VIBRANCE: With its targeted formulation, this serum aids in the restoration of your skin’s microbiome, promoting a vibrant and healthy complexion from within.

BUILDS RESILIENCE: By establishing a solid foundation for your skin’s health, this serum enhances resilience, ensuring your skin is better equipped to withstand daily environmental stressors.

HYDRATES, BALANCES AND PLUMPS: Powered by a unique spore-based formulation, this serum utilizes quorum sensing technology to analyze and adapt to your skin’s microbiome, providing optimal hydration, balance, and a plumped appearance.

PERFECT FOR: Whether you’re dealing with aging skin, pigmentation concerns, teen or adult acne, or seeking to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, this serum is formulated to address a wide range of skincare needs effectively.

Supplements To Support Beautiful Skin

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Skin beauty isn’t just a result of the right topical products, but also a reflection of your inner health. No skin product will hide a bad diet, systemic inflammation, leaky gut, poor nutrient absorption, or toxicity build up. Acne, rosacea, or inflammation in the skin can stem from a backed up liver and a leaky gut. It is imperative to address these issues, in addition to consuming the right nutrients for healthy, vibrant skin.

Acceleradine® Iodine

20 percent of the body’s iodine reserves and hormones are in the skin! Acceleradine® Iodine not only helps optimize thyroid function and metabolism, but also helps:

  • Improve circulation throughout the body and to the skin
  • Remove toxins from the body and skin that cause breakouts and dull appearance
  • Induce apoptosis (healthy cellular turnover) in the body and the skin for more youthful skin
  • Devitalize bacteria and other pathogens that cause skin breakouts, acne, and inflammation

Combining the Acceleradine® Iodine with the Accelerated Scalar Castor Oil, and applying it topically, can help with wrinkles, acne, inflammation, eyelash growth and overall antiaging.

Accelerated Scalar Copper®

Copper is used in the body to produce hemoglobin, collagen, myelin (the protective layer of skin) and melanin; this is essential for the maintenance of connective tissues. Collagen production is complex and needs a key enzymatic reaction between copper and the enzyme lysyl oxidase. Without copper, the body could not create collagen and elastin, the two most integral molecules for skin integrity and elasticity. Elastin production keeps skin supple and tight, preventing wrinkles, sagging skin and premature aging.

Within the skin, copper plays a crucial role in the synthesis and stabilization of extracellular matrix proteins and the process of angiogenesis. Additionally, copper is integral to various enzyme systems responsible for breaking down or building up body tissues. It contributes significantly to the production of the skin pigment melanin by converting the amino acid tyrosine. Furthermore, copper is essential for the synthesis of phospholipids, a key component of the myelin sheath that envelops nerves.

Accelerated Scalar Copper® is the only copper supplement with 99 percent absorption compared to most supplements with only 5-20 percent absorption. It is the only nano scalar copper solution treated with water implosion technology and enhanced with scalar frequencies to enhance the absorption and increase its efficacy. Not only can it be taken orally for the internal benefits, but can also be applied topically to help with wrinkles and age spots.


Maintaining a healthy gut is imperative to vibrant, acne-free skin. MegaSporeBiotic™ helps maintain a healthy gut barrier, healing leaky gut and promoting microbial diversity. It is a spore-based biotic with a blend of 5 bacillus spores that have been shown to maintain a healthy gut barrier, immune function, and skin health. These spores are designed to remain dormant until they reach the gastrointestinal tract where they begin colonizing in the gut.

Accelerated Cellular Detox® Powder

The excessive burden of toxins, heavy metals, radiation, GMO’s, glyphosate, and processed foods have blocked the detox pathways in the liver, kidneys and whole system. The skin is the largest detox organ, and the body will use the skin to attempt to get rid of these toxins, unless they are handled another way. The Accelerated Cellular Detox® Powder soaks up all of the above mentioned toxins, taking the burden off of the liver, kidneys and skin. As a result, the skin won’t express inflammation, acne and other breakouts due to toxicity.

Lifestyle Changes For Healthy Skin

Choose Organic Household Products

Not only can the chemicals in your skincare cause health issues, but so can the chemicals in your laundry detergent, dish soap and other household items. The potent additives in these household products can wreak havoc on your health and clog your detox pathways, accelerating the aging of skin and causing skin inflammation. Chemicals in household products can cause the following:

  • Skin Irritation: Many household cleaners, detergents, and disinfectants contain chemicals that can cause skin irritation. Direct contact with these substances may lead to redness, itching, and discomfort.
  • Allergic Reactions: Certain individuals may be allergic to specific chemicals found in household products. Allergic reactions can manifest as hives, rash, or more severe skin conditions, depending on the sensitivity of the individual.
  • Contact Dermatitis: Household chemicals may cause contact dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin resulting from direct contact with an irritant or allergen. Symptoms can include redness, itching, and the development of blisters.
  • Chemical Burns: Strong or caustic household chemicals, if not handled properly, can cause chemical burns upon contact with the skin. This can lead to pain, blistering, and potential scarring.
  • Aggravation of Pre-Existing Skin Conditions: Individuals with conditions such as eczema or psoriasis may find that exposure to certain household chemicals exacerbates their skin conditions, leading to increased inflammation and discomfort.
  • Disruption of Skin Barrier: Harsh chemicals can disrupt the natural protective barrier of the skin. This can make the skin more susceptible to infections, environmental stressors, and further irritation, as well as inducing dryness and leading to flaky, rough skin.
  • Respiratory Irritation: In addition to skin effects, some household chemicals release fumes that can irritate the respiratory system. This can indirectly impact skin health, especially for those with respiratory conditions.
  • Hormonal Disruption: Certain chemicals in household products, such as endocrine-disrupting compounds, may affect hormonal balance. Imbalances in hormones can contribute to skin issues, including acne or changes in skin texture.

Prioritize Eating Wild Animal Protein

Wild animal protein like bison, elk, lamb, grass fed beef and wild fish are the most nutrient dense food on the planet, providing the needed vitamins, amino acids and minerals for healthy skin. These proteins are easy to digest and assimilate into the body.

On the other hand, chicken, poultry, and conventional beef contain amyloid proteins that not only can’t be broken down into usable amino acids for the skin, but also cause gut pathogens to overtake the system, which could lead to skin breakouts.
The benefits of prioritizing wild animal protein in your diet include:

  • Collagen Formation: Animal proteins, particularly those found in red meat and fish, are rich in amino acids essential for collagen production. Collagen is a structural protein that maintains skin elasticity, firmness, and helps prevent the formation of wrinkles.
  • Wound Healing: Proteins play a crucial role in the body’s ability to repair and regenerate tissues. Consuming animal proteins provides the necessary amino acids for efficient wound healing, helping the skin recover from injuries or damage.
  • Vitamin B Complex: Animal proteins are a good source of B vitamins, including B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), and B12. These vitamins contribute to skin health by supporting cell metabolism, promoting a healthy complexion, and aiding in the prevention of dry or irritated skin.
  • Zinc Content: Animal proteins are rich in zinc, an essential mineral for skin health. Zinc supports the skin’s barrier function, helps with wound healing, and may have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Healthy Fats: Fatty fish, such as salmon, provide omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for skin health. Additionally, wild animals have a much higher omega 3 content than conventionally raised animals. These fats contribute to a healthy lipid barrier, reducing inflammation and supporting overall skin hydration.
  • Antioxidant Nutrients: Animal proteins contain various nutrients with antioxidant properties, such as selenium and vitamin E. These antioxidants help protect the skin from oxidative stress, which can contribute to premature aging and skin damage.
  • Iron Absorption: Meat-based animal proteins are a good source of heme iron, which is more easily absorbed by the body compared to non-heme iron from plant sources. Adequate iron levels support healthy blood circulation, providing oxygen to skin cells.
  • Prevention of Protein Deficiency: Insufficient protein intake can lead to various skin issues, including dryness, flakiness, and a lack of elasticity. Consuming adequate animal proteins helps prevent protein deficiency and supports overall skin health.

Eliminate Processed Food, Sugar, and Seed Oils

Consuming processed foods can have several negative effects on the skin. Here are some ways in which processed foods may impact skin health:

  • Inflammation: Processed foods often contain high levels of refined sugars, unhealthy fats, and additives. These ingredients can contribute to inflammation in the body, which may manifest as redness, swelling, and irritation in the skin.
  • Acne and Breakouts: Diets rich in processed foods, especially those with a high glycemic index, may be associated with an increased risk of acne and breakouts. Elevated sugar levels can stimulate the production of insulin and androgens, contributing to skin issues.
  • Collagen Breakdown: Processed foods may lack essential nutrients that support collagen production. Collagen is vital for maintaining skin elasticity, and its breakdown can lead to premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles.
  • Imbalance in Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids: Processed foods often contain an imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which can disrupt the skin’s lipid barrier. This imbalance may contribute to dryness, inflammation, and conditions like eczema.
  • Dehydration: Processed foods, particularly those high in sodium, can contribute to dehydration. Inadequate hydration can lead to dry and flaky skin, making it more prone to irritation.
  • Nutrient Deficiency: Highly processed foods may lack essential vitamins and minerals that are crucial for skin health. A deficiency in nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E can negatively impact the skin’s ability to repair and regenerate.
  • Worsening of Skin Conditions: Individuals with existing skin conditions such as rosacea or psoriasis may find that processed foods exacerbate their symptoms. The inflammatory nature of certain processed ingredients can trigger or worsen these conditions.
  • Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs): Processed foods, especially those high in sugar and fat, can contribute to the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs may accelerate the aging process, leading to the formation of wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.
  • Reduced Antioxidant Levels: Processed foods may lack antioxidants that help protect the skin from oxidative stress. Insufficient antioxidants can leave the skin more vulnerable to environmental damage.


Regular exercise offers numerous benefits for the skin, contributing to its overall health and appearance:

  • Improved Blood Circulation: Exercise enhances blood flow, ensuring that the skin receives an increased supply of oxygen and nutrients. This improved circulation promotes a healthy complexion.
  • Collagen Production: Physical activity stimulates collagen production, a protein crucial for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness.
  • Detoxification: Sweating during exercise helps to flush out toxins from the body, which can have a positive impact on the skin by promoting a clearer complexion.
  • Stress Reduction: Exercise is known to reduce stress levels, and lower stress contributes to healthier skin. Elevated stress levels can exacerbate skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
  • Cell Renewal: Regular physical activity promotes cell turnover, aiding in the renewal of skin cells. This process contributes to a more vibrant and youthful-looking complexion.
  • Sun Damage Protection: Exercise has been associated with a lower risk of skin conditions related to sun damage. While not a substitute for sunscreen, regular exercise may provide additional protection against harmful UV rays.
  • Hydration Boost: Increased blood circulation during exercise enhances the delivery of nutrients and water to skin cells, contributing to better hydration and a radiant skin tone.
  • Reduced Inflammation: Chronic inflammation is linked to various skin issues. Regular exercise has anti-inflammatory effects, potentially reducing inflammation and associated skin problems.
  • Enhanced Sleep: Quality sleep is essential for skin health. Regular physical activity can contribute to better sleep patterns, allowing the skin to undergo necessary repair and rejuvenation during the night.
  • Improved Skin Tone: Exercise helps maintain a healthy balance of hormones, which can positively impact skin tone and texture, contributing to a more even complexion.

Far Infrared Sauna

Far Infrared Saunas have multiple benefits for overall health and specifically the skin. They include:

  • Improved circulation
  • Detoxification
  • Collagen stimulation
  • Wound healing
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Relaxation and stress reduction
  • Pore cleansing
  • Improved skin tone

As consumers become more aware of the potential dangers posed by forever chemicals in skincare products, regulatory bodies must implement stricter guidelines for companies to prioritize the use of safer alternatives. Ultimately, by choosing products free from these harmful substances, individuals can take proactive steps towards protecting both their health and the environment for generations to come.

Sara Banta
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Sara Banta is a Stanford University Graduate with a Degree in Economics and Psychology, and a certified Natural Supplement Expert & Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Sara is the Founder of Accelerated Health Products and host of the health & wellness podcast, Accelerated Health Radio.

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