Perioral Dermatitis Trigger: Sodium Laureth Sulfate

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Perioral Dermatitis Trigger: Sodium Laureth Sulfate

So what is sodium laureth sulfate? It is a surfactant (foaming agent) found in personal care products. You’ll find it in face wash, shower gel, shampoo and I was shocked to even find it in my toothpaste. After I was diagnosed with PD the doctor told me to eliminate sodium laureth sulfate from my routine. So even though it is not completely toxic it can be highly irritating to anyone with sensitive skin, Eczema, Psoriasis and you guessed it Dermatitis.

After my doctor’s appointment I went home, marched straight up the stairs to my bathroom like a woman on a mission and of course almost everything had SLS in it. I remember once buying a new mascara, applied it for the first time that morning and all day in work I was scratching my eyes. When I arrived home I checked the ingredients and low and behold there was sodium laureth sulfate looking back at me. If you have sensitive or irritated skin always take a few minutes to read the ingredients before you buy or try. Your trigger can be lurking in the most unsuspecting product. Eliminating this ingredient especially from my face washes and shampoo was a complete game changer for me.

I’ve very happy to be receiving messages and questions from you guys. That’s why I started this blog, to share advice. One thing I wanted to mention when you are trying new products it’s important that you try one at a time. Introducing too many new products at once is a bad idea. If you start to breakout it’s difficult to pinpoint the trigger. I usually try a new product for about 3 weeks before deciding if I will keep it or not. In the past even when I introduced some of my holy grail products my skin acted a bit funny for a week and then settled down. So give your skin time to adjust to a new product before you deem it not suitable.