Manage Dermatitis Effectively

Adopting a holistic approach is the route to successfully managing dermatitis.

For a significant number of people dermatitis occurs on their hands. This is known as contact dermatitis and is the result of skin coming into contact with an irritant.

Skin irritants in the workplace are more difficult to manage, early identification and pro-active protection is vital.

Skin irritants can also be found in everyday items in the home, such as soaps, shampoo, washing detergent and washing up liquid. Two additives that give us the bubbles in soaps, bubble baths, toothpaste and shampoo are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES). These chemicals can prove to be problematic for people who have a sensitivity to them and are known to have a drying effect on the skin. Babies and Children are more vulnerable to these chemicals as they have a thinner epidermis (the outer layer of skin) and may be more sensitive to products that contain these ingredients. Bathing in bathwater that is contaminated with soap, shampoo and bubble bath that have SLS or SLES in their ingredients is potentially a concern for skin health.

Whilst SLS & SLES cause no problems for the majority of people, a growing number of people do have a sensitivity to them and find that using products containing SLS & SLES has a drying & irritating effect on their skin, in many cases this can be the start of dermatitis occurring.

Aqueous cream is one moisturiser that should not be used on anyone who has dermatitis or sensitive skin. It contains SLS and has been found to worsen dermatitis, as it is used to moisturise and thus remains on the skin for a long time. 

The following products (brand dependent) will contain either SLS or SLES and listed is the parts of the body that they come into contact with often several times a day.

Soap Shower Gel Bubble Bath Shampoo Toothpaste Washing DetergentTowels, Bedding, Clothing
Hands Hands Hands Hands Hands Hands
Face Face Face Face Face Face
Body Body Body Body Body
Scalp Scalp Scalp Scalp

If you suffer from dermatitis or your skin is dry, irritated or cracked, it may be time to be pro-active in defining the cause. Consider how your choice of toiletries and laundry products are impacting on your skin. Replace them with SLS or SLES free products to see what improvements you experience.

Our recommended approach: 

  1. Use Goats Milk Soap on your skin. Use Bubble Bath and Shampoo that are natural in origin and free from the chemicals Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES).
  2. Wash Clothes, Bedding & Towels in laundry cleaners that are chemical, fragrance and perfume free
  3. Identify the irritant that is affecting your skin
  4. If you are suffering with dermatitis on your hands use Purple nitrile – Xtra powder free gloves as an alternative to rubber gloves
  5. Have an awareness of how nutrition contributes to having great skin

The Skin Solutions UK team only selects products that are specifically created for individuals who have skin concerns and want to successfully manage them. We go to great lengths to ensure our products are SLS and SLES free. We are aware of just how effective our recommended holistic approach is when used consistently.

Give it a try, having great skin is easily within your reach.

We would love to hear from customers who have consistently adopted our recommended holistic approach to managing dermatitis and the positive changes that it has made.

If you are keen to avoid products containing SLS, check the list of ingredients on product labels for some of its other names. These are:

  1. lauryl sodium sulphate
  2. lauryl sulphate sodium salt
  3. sodium n-dodecyl sulphate
  4. Sodium dodecyl sulphate