Silver (silver citrate, silver oxide, and colloidal silver, etc.,) is one ingredient to stay far, far away from as it can result in skin discolorations (blue discolorations) and significant irritation to skin in the instance of silver oxide. While silver sulfadiazine does have antimicrobial ability, this is a short-term use at best due to the potential side-effects. Like platinum or gold, silver has no research demonstrating its benefits for skin in terms of anti-aging, or conditions like acne.
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