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Is Gold Worth Its Weight in Skin Care?

Gold has been a popular ingredient in high-end skin care treatments for a while now, but there's always been a good deal of controversy over its effectiveness. (It was actually named "Allergan of the Year" in 2001 by the American Contact Dermatitis Association.) People in the medical community aren't big fans of cosmetics companies' claims about gold, but many of those companies say they've conducted studies on their own that suggest some forms of gold can be beneficial for skin firming and rejuvenation.

Colloidal gold and gold nano flakes are both cited as being more effective forms of the material, although given nanoparticles' unregulated status, safety might also be a concern. In any case, it's clear that gold as an ingredient isn't going away any time soon, and the cache of using something so precious on your skin is always going to be appealing. Have you ever used a product that listed gold as an ingredient? And what do you think about using precious metals in cosmetics generally?

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afr0bunny afr0bunny 7 years
It's silly and overhyped. Gold is a heavy metal! Inhaled gold dusts may cause mild symptoms in the respiratory system, e.g. chronic sinusitis, bronchitis and so on, and ingesting too much gold can give you mild heavy metal poisoning...doesn't really encourage me to rub it all over my face, especially near the eyes and nose!
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
when people have "gold" allergies, it's not usually the gold that they're actually allergic to it's the other metals that they use to dilute the gold, making it 10K, 14K etc.
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