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Skin Authority Brightening Serum- reviewed and rejected

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Age Spots
Reviewed by Marta October 16, 2011 2 Comments
The other day, I described Skin Authority as a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde company with some of its formulations being rather nasty, while others were apparently benign. I had bought Skin Authority’s Brightening Serum, judging that the nice Dr Jekyll had had more of a hand in it then his murderous alter ego. My assumption, I discovered thanks to Theresa, proved to be wrong and, in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ironically so.

My bottle of Skin Authority’s Brightening Serum lists BHA as an ingredient. I took this to be beta-hydroxy acid, an exfoliant that would be contributing to the skin lightening. Dark spot fading properties of this serum.  But then Theresa left a comment on my post saying that BHA was much more likely to be the preservative butylated hydroxyanisole. I ought to be grateful to her, even though she seriously rained on my parade.

Butylated hydroxyanisole and its close relative, butylated hydroxytoulene (BHT) are very controversial ingredients. As early as 1995, Business Week reported: “Repeated studies have shown that BHA and BHT increase the risk of cancer as well as accumulate in body tissue, cause liver enlargement, and retard the rate of DNA synthesis and thus, cell development.”

For a while, it was thought that the radical scavenging properties of BHA were beneficially antioxidant. But this theory was nixed by a 2002 study that said: "use of BHA as a chemopreventive agent against cancer in human has been challenged by the observation that BHA may exert toxic effect in some tissues of animals".

I confirmed that the BHA in my Skin Authority Brightening Serum was indeed butylated hydroxyanisole by emailing my Skin Authority “skincare coach”, who replied promptly and professionally, and pointed me in the direction of cosmeticsinfo.org, the website of the cosmetics industry body. The entry there on BHA is, to my mind, a little selective. It says that BHA has been tested on rodents and, therefore, the results aren’t relevant to humans.  As TIA’s article on BHA and BHT mentions, there have been a lot of different studies and the ingredients are banned in California.

Even though the cosmetic industry body says that topical use of BHA and BHT is safe, I’m with the Californians on this one and I’m not going to continue to use Brightening Serum.

I’ve had a couple of other emails from Skin Authority in the past week, from the CEO, Celeste Hilling, no less, asking me to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’d feel more like applauding her for this initiative if she reconsidered some of the ingredients in her cosmetics.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, SD Alcohol 40, Oligopeptide-34, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, BHA, Allantoin, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose
  • October 17, 2011

    by Maurice Voce

    Skin Authority is committed first and foremost to the health and safety of its formulations and ingredients used therein.

    Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is an antioxidant. BHA is able to stabilize free radicals, sequestering them. It can also help repair systems, improve cell rejuvenation and prevent skin cancer. (Journal of Chromatography A, Volume 1120, Issues 1-2, 7 July 2006, Pages 244-251, Maw-Rong Lee, Chueh-Yu Lin, Zu-Guang Li, Tzu-Feng Tsai). BHT is included on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of substances considered Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). The safety of BHT has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel and concluded that BHT was safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products (cosmetics.org).

    Reports that initiate ingredient concerns are often generated from testing in which an ingredient is ingested. Since 1947, BHA has been added to EDIBLE (i.e., ingested) fats. Some debate exists in the ingested forms of BHA. However, even when examining human population statistics, the usual low intake levels of BHA shows no significant association with an increased risk of cancer due to ingestion.

    Brighten Serum by Skin Authority is a safe and effective way to reduce spots, fade sun-induced discoloration, and brighten skin.

  • October 17, 2011

    by Maurice Voce

    Skin Authority is committed first and foremost to the health and safety of its formulations and ingredients used therein.

    Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is an antioxidant. BHA is able to stabilize free radicals, sequestering them. It can also help repair systems, improve cell rejuvenation and prevent skin cancer. (Journal of Chromatography A, Volume 1120, Issues 1-2, 7 July 2006, Pages 244-251, Maw-Rong Lee, Chueh-Yu Lin, Zu-Guang Li, Tzu-Feng Tsai). BHT is included on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of substances considered Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). The safety of BHT has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel and concluded that BHT was safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products (cosmetics.org).

    Reports that initiate ingredient concerns are often generated from testing in which an ingredient is ingested. Since 1947, BHA has been added to EDIBLE (i.e., ingested) fats. Some debate exists in the ingested forms of BHA. However, even when examining human population statistics, the usual low intake levels of BHA shows no significant association with an increased risk of cancer due to ingestion.

    Our Brightening Serum is a natural and safe way to even out complexion and brighten skin for luminous tone and smooth texture.

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