Placenta Beauty Products Can Potentially Be Harmful, According To Dermatologists

I'm (honestly quite happy) to report nibbling placenta doesn't have any proven health benefits, and it turns out the claims touted by placenta-infused beauty products don't currently hold up either. Allure consulted with several dermatologists on the topic and actually found placenta creams can potentially be harmful due to the lack of regulations and amount of hormones. This is one beauty fad I won't be testing.

Patricia Farris, a dermatologist in New Orleans and clinical professor at Tulane University, shared the details. "Placenta creams are in the same category as creams with stem cells ... None of them have been tested, and nobody has even looked at what's in them very scientifically. Many of the major cosmetics companies walk away from these types of products because they are potentially problematic" Without substantial studies, who knows what these creams could ultimately be doing to your skin.

David Bank, a dermatologist in New York City, elaborated on these risks. He explained, "There is a small amount of research that claims placental products moisturize and tighten skin, but there is also evidence that claims the estrogen present in placenta may cause problems."

With so many tested alternatives out there to moisturize skin and prevent premature aging, is putting yourself at risk really worth any potential benefits? Even if you're skeptical of major brand products, turn to argan oil, coconut oil, and olive oil for great, safe skin alternatives.

I mean, hello, they're all ancient skincare treatments that have been around for thousands of years!

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