Eczema irritants you want to avoid in your skincare NOW
As a Mom with three kids with eczema, I’ve learned one very important lesson in life.
NEVER EVER fall for marketing gimmicks.
What marketing gimmicks are we talking about?
We’re talking about marketing gimmicks whereby product label claims that the product is safe, natural, organic, ultra hydrating, for sensitive skin, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, etc.
My awakening call came when I visited the pediatric clinic four years ago. My daughter was suffering from eczema then. The pediatrician recommended a body cleanser which was supposed to be good to alleviate eczema. Dutifully, I bought it without giving much thought to it.
Her eczema flare-ups became so bad after that! During the following visit, the pediatrician prescribed steroid for my daughter. Thus began my topical steroid withdrawal journey.
What was so bad about the body cleanser that I bought? Well, the front label mentioned “safe”, “for sensitive skin”, “mild cleanser”, “dermatologist tested”. Everything seemed fine. Guess what I found out on the back label? Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)!
Then I did a Google search on the other ingredients on the list and I was so shocked to learn about the dangers of Triclosan, 1-4 Dioxane and Paraben. All these three nasty eczema irritants were in the same bottle!
How could a product that was marketed so well has so many dangerous ingredients in it? I just couldn’t believe it! My daughter started from having dry skin to having broken skin with oozing liquid!
Check out this infographic that shows typical ingredients that are common eczema irritants.