There are many reasons to make the switch to non-toxic products, but for some people it is acne that motivates the switch. While we know that acne can be caused by a myriad of factors (hormones, environment, and so on), we’re big believers that non-toxic products made with natural and organic ingredients do make a difference in clearing your skin. However, it should be known that not all natural ingredients are good for your skin.
One big time offender is Bismuth Oxychloride. By definition Bismuth is a natural mineral, but did you know that it is a byproduct of lead and copper processing? It is also labeled as a “skin irritant” on its Material Safety Data Sheet. To top it off, its primary use is in the manufacturing of fishing anchors and shot gun pellets. We can’t imagine that the same ingredient could ever be soothing, calm, or even beneficial for skin. If you look on the periodic table of elements, you'll find bismuth with an atomic number of 83. It neighbors lead, tin, antimony and polonium on the periodic table - Heavy Metals. Bismuth does occur naturally in the earth but in very small amounts. Most of the bismuth produced in the US is as a by-product from refining lead, tin, copper, silver and gold ores. Bismuth must be refined and combined with other elements to produce bismuth oxychloride in order to be safely used in cosmetics. Doesn't seem as "natural" as some would have you believe!