Botanical Isn't Better For Skin Care
They may sound replenishing, but dermatologists at Baylor College of
Medicine in Houston say natural products are not the best bet for the
"So many of my patients resort to `all-natural' remedies, in the
thought that these products are better for the skin," said Dr. Rajani
Katta, an assistant professor of dermatology at BCM. "However, these
natural ingredients can be a problem for sensitive skin."
Katta, who specializes in contact dermatitis (inflammation of the
skin due to contact with substances), said the most common offending
agent in these botanical products is fragrance.
"Patients with sensitive skin may develop allergic reactions to
fragrance ingredients," said Katta. "Because botanical ingredients can
serve as fragrances, they may lead to rashes in some patients."
Although popular skin care lines advocate that botanical ingredients
are better than artificial chemicals, Katta said patients often develop
reactions to the plant extracts.
"There is nothing that says natural ingredients cannot cause skin
rashes," said Katta. "The classic example provided by dermatologists is
that of poison ivy."
When shopping for skin care products, Katta recommends that those
with sensitive skin choose fragrance-free products, and use mild soap
and moisturizing creams.