The ingredient that could be the cause of your breakouts
SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a chemical found in many personal hygiene products such as shampoos, conditioners, cleansers, body washes and toothpaste.
It is mainly used in products to create a lather. However it is a known skin irritant. Yet it’s used in products designed for the skin and in some at as high as a 30% strength. And as we have learnt acne and acne prone skin is sensative skin, irritants such as SLS is not going to do our tender skin any favours.
I found that i kept getting whiteheads right in the corner of mouth, and I always seem to have dry lips too, I never considered my toothpaste could have been the cause for either. However since swapping to an SLS free tooth paste my lips are not as dry and I have not had one of those pimples in the corner of my mouth come.
If you have a lot of acne or blemishes along your hairline, perhaps try a SLS free shampoo.
There are a lot of SLS free toothpastes on the market, Sensodyne (most but not all versions) being one of the more well known brands.
Shampoo without SLS is a little more hard to find. I use a aloe vera and tea tree natural shampoo by Dr Organics that I bought from a health store called Holland and Barratt here in the UK.
It’s just something to consider. I’m not saying SLS is breaking us all out, some people’s skin may not react at all, it’s just something to look out for.