An alarming number of topical creams and lotions that are marketed directly towards eczema sufferers contain one very common ingredient, which is used in skin care, personal care, and even household products. That ingredient, sodium lauryl sulfate, also happens to be a known eye and skin irritant (Mercola). So why, then, is it found in most of our personal care products, including many eczema creams currently on the market? Read on to learn more about what sodium lauryl sulfate is and why you don’t want it anywhere near your eczema cream.
What Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a type of emulsifier and foaming agent, which is why it is included in so many different products, ranging from shampoo to body lotion to household cleaners (Livestrong). The problem is, however, that this ingredient has been shown to be irritating to the skin and eyes at concentrations of or greater than 2 percent. But most products contain a much higher concentration than this amount. In fact, if you take a look at the ingredients list on your shampoo bottle or even a bottle of lotion, chances are, SLS will be one of the first five ingredients, which means that it’s also one of the top five highest concentrations of ingredients in the product.
On top of this fact, because SLS is included in so many of the products that we use on our skin every day, we are being exposed to a much higher amount than is found in any single product alone.
Here’s What the FDA Has to Say
Back in 2013, the FDA released a Drug Safety Update on the use of Aqueous Cream and similar products in medical settings (National Eczema Society). What researchers found was that these creams posed an increased risk of skin irritation, particularly in children with eczema, which was likely due to their inclusion of sodium lauryl sulfate.
Upon further investigation, researchers also found that skin treated with creams and ointments containing SLS were 12 percent thinner than skin that was not. Moreover, skin treated with these creams lost 20 percent more water through transepidermal water loss than untreated skin (National Eczema Society). Even at a 1 percent concentration, researchers believe they have accurately pinpointed SLS as the cause of these side effects, which are especially troubling for anyone struggling to manage eczema or otherwise severely dry, cracked skin.
What to Look for in an Eczema Cream
When choosing an eczema cream, first make sure that it does not contain harmful or potentially irritating ingredients like sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, and fragrances. What you want to see included instead are naturally-derived ingredients such as vitamins A, C, and E to nourish, hydrate, and protect the skin.
You will find a blend of essential micronutrients and an anti-inflammatory ingredient in Eksem Moisturizing Body Cream, but what you won’t find are sulfates, fragrances, and other known irritants. Many women and men have already begun using Eksem to alleviate painful, itchy eczema symptoms, and have nothing but praise and positive reviews to share about this product. Simply put, Eksem has been a game-changer for many people who used to think that finding an eczema cream that actually works was going to be an impossible feat.
The Bottom Line
You never want to put a cream on your skin that could end up just making matters worse. Instead, do a little product research before you buy, and know what’s in (and not in) your skin care products. If you can, avoid using any skin care or personal care products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate and other irritating or harmful ingredients that could trigger flare-ups of your eczema symptoms and keep you from the getting smooth, comfortable skin you’ve been trying so hard to achieve.
If you want to learn more about Eksem and how it may be able to help you, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to assist you in any way that we can!