Last update: Nov. 9, 2014

Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Low Risk for breastfeeding


Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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This is a group of products without proven beneficial effects on skin and disappearance of creases, that are directly applied on skin as creams, gels, ointments, lotions or pads. Advertisement claims the action is exerted by collagen regeneration, skin debris elimination and prevention of cell damage through an anti-oxidant activity.

In addition to a lack of documented evidence on effectiveness at both short or long term basis, some scientific papers speak about the dubiousness of such pretended properties.

Their components are several substances like vitamin A (Retinol), vitamins B, C, D, E, Elastin, Collagen, Hialuronic acid, Alpha hydroxy-acids, AHA (Citric acid, Malic acid), Glycocholic acid, Glycerin, Salicylic acid, royal jelly, liposomes, extracts of plants like Aloe vera, Ginseng, Ivy, Gotu Kola, Horse chestnut, Ginkgo biloba, Guarana, Ruscus aculeatus (Ruscogenina) and green tea.

Trace of contaminants have been found in these products like Antimony, Arsenic, Cadmium, Cobalt, Chromium, Mercury, Nickel, Lead and additives like Dioxins, Phenol, Formaldehyde, Parabenes and Phthalates that have risk of toxicity and side-effect.

Cosmetic products are, over any dietetic habit, the major source of hydrocarbon-derived contaminants by the use of mineral oil (Paraffin) that get into fat tissue and breast milk.

Because a great variety of toxic substances contained in these products, some of them known to be contaminants by ingestion, they should not be applied on the nipple, breast or areas with direct contact to the infant. Hands should thoroughly be washed after use.

Avoid application on the nipple of creams, gels or topical products that contain paraffin to prevent absorption by the child.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

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References

  1. Marinovich M, Boraso MS, Testai E, Galli CL. Metals in cosmetics: An a posteriori safety evaluation. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2014 Abstract
  2. Hepp NM, Mindak WR, Gasper JW, Thompson CB, Barrows JN. Survey of cosmetics for arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, mercury, and nickel content. J Cosmet Sci. 2014 Abstract
  3. Juhász ML, Marmur ES. A review of selected chemical additives in cosmetic products. Dermatol Ther. 2014 Abstract
  4. OCU. Falta de efectividad de las cremas antiarrugas. La Voz de Galicia 2014 Full text (in our servers)
  5. Frederiksen H, Nielsen JK, Mørck TA, Hansen PW, Jensen JF, Nielsen O, Andersson AM, Knudsen LE. Urinary excretion of phthalate metabolites, phenols and parabens in rural and urban Danish mother-child pairs. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2013 Abstract
  6. Neill US. Skin care in the aging female: myths and truths. J Clin Invest. 2012 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  7. Concin N, Hofstetter G, Plattner B, Tomovski C, Fiselier K, Gerritzen K, Semsroth S, Zeimet AG, Marth C, Siegl H, Rieger K, Ulmer H, Concin H, Grob K. Evidence for cosmetics as a source of mineral oil contamination in women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Abstract
  8. Hunt KJ, Hung SK, Ernst E. Botanical extracts as anti-aging preparations for the skin: a systematic review. Drugs Aging. 2010 Abstract
  9. Draelos ZD. Cosmeceuticals: undefined, unclassified, and unregulated. Clin Dermatol. 2009 Abstract
  10. Newburger AE. Cosmeceuticals: myths and misconceptions. Clin Dermatol. 2009 Abstract
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  12. Xhauflaire-Uhoda E, Fontaine K, Piérard GE. Kinetics of moisturizing and firming effects of cosmetic formulations. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2008 Abstract
  13. Rivers JK. The role of cosmeceuticals in antiaging therapy. Skin Therapy Lett. 2008 Abstract
  14. Most SP. Prospective examination of the efficacy of 2 topical over-the-counter cosmeceutical creams for rapid treatment of facial rhytids. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2007 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  15. Thornfeldt CR. Cosmeceuticals: separating fact from voodoo science. Skinmed. 2005 Abstract
  16. Noti A, Grob K, Biedermann M, Deiss U, Brüschweiler BJ. Exposure of babies to C15-C45 mineral paraffins from human milk and breast salves. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2003 Abstract
  17. OCU. Cremas antiarrugas. Falta de efectividad y efectos secundarios. Boletín Eroski Consumer. 2002 Full text (in our servers)

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