A popular compound used in many anti-wrinkle creams has been found to be dangerous. According to a research conducted by the Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine, it was found that DMAE (2-dimethylaminoethanol) leads to a pathological reaction in skin cells. The findings have been published in the British Journal of Dermatology. Most cosmetic products contain complex compounds that are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the skin. The finding of the DMAE research highlights the importance of proving the safety and efficacy of any compounds that are used in skin and cosmetic products. Women are urged to look out for the ingredients when buying their next anti-wrinkle creams.

Risks of DMAE
a. It is a common ingredient used in anti-wrinkle products to give an instant face lift.
b. It is also used in cosmetics, creams, lipsticks, shampoos, soaps and baby lotions.
c. There are no scientific data on how it works.
d. There is hardly any data on the pharmacological and toxicological effects of this compound.
e. In-vitro tests have revealed that DMAE causes rapid swelling of skin cell vacuoles called fibroblasts.
f. It slows down and, at times, stops cell division.
g. It inhibits metabolic reactions and causes the death of fibroblasts.