You might be wondering what does the shampoo you use have to do with the eczema you have on your face or other areas such as on the back, chest, etc. It actually does. One of my friends has had back acne with inflamed pimples and never knew what was the reason. She also had long hair. One day I suggested she changed her shampoo to a more natural one that does not contain ingredients such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate which among other properties is very drying for both the scalp and hair. Once she tried a natural shampoo within 1 week her back acne was reduced by 80% . I am not saying that the cause of everybody’s eczema is only the ingredients in their shampoo but it might be one significant one. In her case this was the problem since the ingredients irritated her skin and destroyed the protective barrier which lead to inflammation and pimples. We can see how some of the ingredients that we just apply and then wash away quickly do have a big affect on the chemistry of the body and the skin’s reaction.
7 Ingredients to avoid in shampoo if you have eczema
A good rule of thumb if you do have in general sensitive and prone to inflammation skin is to switch to an all natural soap and shampoos which are free from harsh chemicals found in most skin care products. My rule is try to avoid anything you can’t pronounce. Some of the most damaging agents are sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, propylene glycol, PEG, DEA, TEA, parabens, alcohol and fragrance. So thy and avoid these as much as you can especially on your face and scalp.
– Alcohol It is a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your skin’s natural acid mantle,making the skin more vulnerable to bacteria, moulds and viruses.
– DEA ingredients: All ingredients with DEA after the first word such as concamid-dea, can cause cancer.
– Fragrances can indicate the presence of up to four thousand separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic.
– Laureth family ( sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate) are skin irritants that may be contaminated with large amounts of toxins in manufacturing process containing ammonium salts and mutagen, both which are acne and dermatitis producing and hair loss.
– PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene Potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredients that can alter and reduce the skin’s natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of aging and leave you more vulnerable to bacteria.
– Parabens (methyl, propyl, etc, paraben family) It is implicated in a multitude of health problems, such as estrogenic disruptions, potentially cancer causing and allergenic.
– Propylene/butylene glycol is a petroleum derivative, which penetrates the skin very quickly and causes contact dermatitis, skin irritations, acne and multiple allergies.
If you deal with dermatitis a lot of you out there might know that the traditional treatments for it mainly consist of harsh dandruff shampoos and dangerous steroids. The problem with these conventional treatments is that they’re usually ineffective and they only help alleviate the problem for a short period of time. As it was my case in the past, once you stop using these, first of all the problem comes back and second the skin might become used to the ingredients and you need more and more in order to get rid of the problem. These treat one symptom, have severe side effects, and the results don’t last.
A better solution would be one of the few natural home remedies that seem to get results like apple cider vinegar, grapefruit seed extract (GSE), and virgin unrefined coconut oil. These are much effective and I’ve seen many people who got amazing results after using them. Apple cider vinegar is a powerful natural antiseptic and will help those with oily skin and who tend to get pimples. It also does not strip the natural barrier of the skin, its ph remaining balanced. Coconut oil on the other hand is very rich and helps more people with dry skin who tend to get irritations and rashes more quickly.
Now I want to hear from you. Which ingredients do you try to avoid the most when you shop for your skin products especially shampoos? If you liked the article please share it so others can benefit from the information as well.