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Meet The Suspicious 6

March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments


We say it all the time, and it's true: we don't believe in problem skin, or even skin types. We believe in sensitized skin, reacting to ingredients and causing breakouts, dryness, redness, or whatever's ailing you. At Drunk Elephant, we believe that “sensitive skin” is often skin that has been *sensitized* by the Suspicious 6 (irritating essential oils, fragrance/dyes, silicones, chemical screens, SLS and drying alcohols), which can provoke an immediate reaction to otherwise beneficial ingredients like potent acids (i.e. glycolic or ascorbic acid), as well as digestive enzymes, such as pomegranate + pumpkin (which you’ll find in our serums. While you should ALWAYS listen to your skin first & foremost, if you're breaking out, getting itchy, turning bright red and/or getting rashes and bumps after using these products, consider screening your routine for the Suspicious 6 first.

Now, we are not saying our products are perfect—however, if your skin is reacting when it shouldn’t, look at what you were *already* using because that is what created the state your skin was in to begin with (and more often than not, what created the reaction too). We want you to get the maximum benefit DE has to offer, and the more you know, the greater chance you'll have of success.

The Suspicious 6

Essential Oils

Essential oils are found in nature, and a key ingredient in many natural skincare products, but it’s our belief that they do more harm than good. Lots of essential oils are synthetic, which can cause skin to become sensitized. Not only that, but the composition of a lot of oils could be made of anything, and could contain less than 20% of the original oil. They can also react with certain medicines you may be taking. Which brings us to our next point…

No Fragrance

You may have noticed that DE products smell like… well, not a whole lot. That’s because we’d prefer to have our products smell like the actual ingredients aside (because we believe in them) rather than a bouquet of flowers (which some beauty brands use to cover up the stench of cheap ingredients). We think scented ingredients overwhelm and sensitize skin, creating more trouble than they’re worth.


Silicones sit directly on top of the skin, which allows for great moisture absorption, but also allows for dirt and bacteria to absorb as well. Not to mention, prolonged use of silicones on your skin could possibly trigger allergic reactions, and cause your skin to flare up.

Chemical Screens

This includes anything with oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate (among others). Some chemical screens are known endocrine disruptors, and are estrogenic, which may interfere with the body’s natural hormones.

AKA “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate” is a highly irritating ingredient found in many beauty products, which on top of causing your skin grief, is possibly carcinogenic (and highly polluting to the environment!).

Drying Alcohols

The name says it all. Anything that is drying out your skin is actively damaging it, and making it prone to acne and sensitization.

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