Xanga Archives 04/25/2006

Do you or your kids have allergies, asthma, skin problems such as exzema, dermitis, or unexplained itching, deficiencies, bad teeth, or any other unexplained health problems? Read this post. It may open your eyes to the commercial world.

The more I read labels the more I keep seeing this ingredient in my hygeine products. This is very disturbing.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate

This inexpensive detergent is commonly used in cosmetic cleansers, hair shampoos, bath and shower gels, bubble baths, etc. - It is probably the most dangerous ingredient used in skin and hair-care products. In the cleaning industry SLS is used in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car-wash soaps, etc. It is very corrosive and readily attacks greasy surfaces.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is used throughout the world for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant. Laboratories use it to irritate skin on test animals and humans so that they may then test healing agents to see how effective they are on the irritated skin.

A study at the University of Georgia Medical College, indicated that SLS penetrated into the eyes as well as brain, heart, liver, etc., and showed long-term retention in the tissues. The study also indicated that SLS penetrated young children's eyes and prevented them from developing properly and caused cataracts to develop In adults.

May cause hair loss by attacking the follicle. Classified as a drug in bubble baths because it eats away skin protection and causes rashes and infection to occur.

Is potentially harmful to skin and hair. Cleans by corrosion. Dries skin by stripping the protective lipids from the surface so it can't effectively regulate moisture.

Another extremely serious problem is the connection of SLS with nitrate contamination. SLS reacts with many types of ingredients used in skin products and forms nitrosomines (nitrates). Nitrates are potential cancer-causing carcinogenics.

Because of the alarming penetrating power of SLS, large amounts of these known carcinogens are absorbed through the skin into the body. A variation of SLS is SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate- SLES). It exhibits many of the same characteristics and is a higher-foaming variation of SLS.

from healthy-communications.com

Alert-Cosmetic Ingredient Review 1983


It is recognized that Sodium and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate may induce eye and skin irritation. However, on the basis of the available information, the Panel concludes that Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate are not as safe as presently used in cosmetic products in amounts over 2%.. Most consumer products contain more than 20% of sls.

Although Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is not carcinogenic in experimental animals, it has been shown that it causes severe epidermal changes to the area of the skin of mice to which it was applied. This study indicates a need for tumor-enhancing activity assays.

Autoradiographic studies of rat skin treated with radiolabelled Sodium Lauryl Sulfate found heavy deposition of the detergent on the skin surface and in the hair follicles; damage to the hair follicle could result from such deposition. Further, it has been reported that 1 percent and 5 percent Sodium Lauryl Sulfate produced significant number of comedones when applied to the pinna of albino rabbits. These two problems - possible hair loss and comedone formation - along with proven irritancy, should be considered in the formulation of cosmetic products.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate appear not to be safe in formulations designed for continuous, use.. In products intended for prolonged contact with skin, concentrations should not exceed 1-2%. However, some shampoos, body gels, creams, lotions have over 10-20%.

Hidden Dangers Lurking in Shampoo
Quoted in part from Vancouver Island magazine called the "Herbal Collective"
(March/April '99, p 21 & 30).

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), an ingredient in 90% of commercial shampoos and conditioners, corrodes the hair follicle and impedes hair growth. It has been blamed for many cases of premature hair loss. I noticed that many young to middle age Canadian (North American) males have almost no hair or are even bald. It takes hair longer to grow when it has been affected by SLS. SLS is found in car wash soap, engine degreaser, toothpaste, lotions and garage floor cleaners.

Exposure to SLS can lead to a burning sensation, coughing, wheezing, laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and vomiting, according to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of the U.S. government. SLS penetrates your eyes, brain, liver and remains there long-term. It degenerates cell membranes because it is a mutagen that can change the genetic information in your cells and damage your immune system. It can cause blindness (scientific studies have proven that this compound damages protein formation in the eye tissue) and can lead to cataract formation. After damage to the eyes has been done, your eyes cannot heal properly because SLS retards the eye healing process.

The effect of two toothpaste detergents on the frequency of recurrent aphthous ulcers
Herlofson BB, Barkvoll P.
Department of Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine, Dental Faculty, University of Oslo, Norway.

The aim of the present clinical double-blind crossover study was to investigate the effect of two different toothpaste detergents, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and cocoamidopropyl betaine (CAPB), as compared with a detergent-free paste, on 30 patients with frequent occurrences of recurrent aphthous ulcers. The study consisted of three 6-week periods during which the patients brushed twice daily with the different test toothpastes. The localization and number of new ulcers were assessed. A significantly higher frequency of aphthous ulcers was demonstrated when the patients brushed with an SLS- than with a CAPB-containing or a detergent-free placebo paste. An SLS-free toothpaste may thus be recommended for patients with recurrent aphthous ulcers.



Chemical Information

Chemical Name: Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
CAS Registry Number: 000151-21-3
Synonyms: Sodium lauryl sulfate; Sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt; Sodium dodecyl sulfate; Dodecyl sulfate, sodium salt; Sodium lauryl sulfate ether; Sodium n-dodecyl sulfate; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate [USAN:JAN]
Information from other National Library of Medicine databases
Health Studies: Human Health Effects from Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB)
Toxicity Information:
Chemical Information: Search ChemIDplus
Biomedical References: Search PubMed

Products that contain this ingredient

Americas Home Value Carpet Cleaner
Clorox Toilet Wand (Cleaning Heads)
Loctite Crafter's All Purpose Adhesive
Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Tablets, Fresh Citrus
Lysol Brand PowerOns Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner 24 oz
Carpet Science Spot & Stain Remover
Formula 409 Carpet Cleaner Spray
Ivory Hand Dishwashing Liquid
Hagerty Silver Foam
Loctite Fabric Glue
FIT Powder Fruit and Vegetable Rinse
Scrubbing Bubbles Fizz Its Toilet Tablets
Ultra Hand Soap
Crest Tartar Control Toothpaste, Regular
Herbal Essence Ultra Rich Moisturizing Body Wash
Salon Selectives Botanical Blends Shampoo: Aloe
Lever 2000 Moisturizing Body Wash, Fresh Fields Scent
Aquafresh Toothpaste
Crest Anticavity Toothpaste, Icy Mint Striped
Mentadent Fluoride Toothpaste, Multi Action Tartar Control Anticavity
Barbasol Shaving Cream
Micrell Antibacterial Lotion Soap
Selsun Blue Dandruff Shampoo, Balanced Treatment
Crest Sensitivity Protection Mild Mint Paste
Freeman Botanicals Natural Hair Care: Apple Nectar
Lever 2000 Moisturizing Body Wash, Perfectly Fresh Scent
Infusium Hair Shampoo Color/Permed
Colgate Tartar Control Whitening Mint Toothpaste
Cover Girl Remarkable Washable/Waterproof Mascara
GoJo Pink Cherry Skin Cleanser
Selsun Blue Shampoo, Moisturizing Treatment
Crest Multi Care Toothpaste, Cool Mint Gel
GoJo All Purpose Hand Soap-04/16/2003
Bath & Body Works Shower Gel-Flowering Herbs
Suave Salon Formula Shampoo
Crest Tartar Protection Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste, Fresh Mint Gel
Colgate Kids Looney Tunes Upright Toothpaste
Cover Girl Clean Fragrance Free Liquid Make Up
GoJo Enhanced Formula Pink & Klean Skin Cleanser
Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoo-Fine/Limp Hair
Crest Cavity Protection Regular Toothpaste
Clairol Intensive Blends Moisturizing Shampoo for Normal Hair
Finesse Extra Moisturizing Shampoo-Dry
Suave Professionals Shampoo, BioBasics
Just For Men Brush In Mustache, Beard & Sideburns, Dark Brown Black
Toms of Maine Natural Toothpaste for Children, Silly Strawberry
Colgate Baking Soda & Peroxide w/ Tartar Control Clean Mint Toothpaste
Clearasil StayClear Acne Defense Cleanser
GoJo All Purpose Hand Soap
Ultra Brite Baking Soda Toothpaste
Sensodyne Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth, Tartar Control Plus Whitening
Suave Natural Care Shampoo, Tropical Coconut
Just For Men Brush In Mustache, Beard & Sideburns, Medium Brown
Crest Tartar Control Whitening Plus Scope, Minty Fresh Gel
Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening Clean Mint Toothpaste
Ivory Skin Cleansing Liquid Gel
Dermapro Lotion Skin Cleanser
Ultra Brite Gel
Sensodyne Anticavity Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth, Fresh Mint
St. Ives Swiss Spa Revitaliz. Shampoo, Vanilla & Edelweiss-Damaged Hair
Suave Shampoo for Dry or Damaged Hair, Tropical Coconut
Just For Men Shampoo In Haircolor, Natural Ash Brown
Crest Cavity Protection Sesame Street Toothpaste
Colgate Total Toothpaste
Aussie Real Volume Shampoo
St. Ives Swiss Spa Clarif. Shampoo-Citrus & Ginseng for Normal/Oily Hair
Aquafresh Whitening Toothpaste With Fluoride
Crest MultiCare Whitening Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste, Fresh Mint
Revlon Age Defying Makeup SPF 8, Fair Blush
DermaPro Body and Hair Shampoo
Suave Naturals Moisturizing Body Wash w/Aloe Vera & Vit. E, Sun-Ripe Raspbe
Just For Men Shampoo In Haircolor, Light Brown
Crest Cavity Protection Icy Mint Stripe Toothpaste
Arm & Hammer Dental Care Whitening Toothpaste
Aussie Wild Peach Shampoo
Village Naturals Bubble Bath, Peach Medley
Aquafresh Sensitive Toothpaste
Crest Extra Whitening with Tartar Protection Toothpaste
Revlon Eterna '27' All Day Moisture Lotion
Old Spice Shave Cream
Suave Moisturizing 2 in 1 Body Wash, Aloe Vera & Water Lily
Just For Men Shampoo In Haircolor, Dark Brown-Black
Crest Tartar Control Smooth Mint Gel Toothpaste
Herbal Essence Body Wash (Dry Skin and Normal)
Prograine Shampoo-Thinning Hair Use with extra volume
Lever 2000 Family Body Wash, Pure Rain
Aquafresh All Tartar Control Toothpaste
Crest Cool Mint Gel Toothpaste
Mentadent Advanced Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste w/Baking Soda and Peroxide
Listermint Mouthwash
Pink Lotion Hand Soap
Selsun Blue Dandruff Shampoo, 2 in 1 Treatment
Crest Tartar Control Fresh Mint Gel Toothpaste
Herbal Essence Daily Body Smoother Body Wash
Salon Selectives Shampoo Level 4: Extra Moisturizing
Lever 2000 Moisturizing Body Wash, Morning Sky
Infusium Hair Shampoo Moisturizing
Mentadent Fluoride Toothpaste w/Baking Soda & Peroxide, Fresh Mint
GoJo White Blossom Skin Cleanser
Selsun Blue Dandruff Shampoo, Medicated Treatment
Crest Multi Care Toothpaste, Fresh Mint Gel
Clairol Loving Care Color Mousse
Suave Naturals Moisturizing Body Wash with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E, Freesia
Gleem Toothpaste Regular Flavor
Colgate Toothpaste, Regular
Cover Girl Clean Liquid Make-Up
GoJo Lather & Klean Hair and Body Shampoo
Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoo-Normal Hair
Crest Extra Whitening w/Tartar Protection Clean Mint Gel Toothpaste
Clairol Intensive Blends Shampoo Protecting For Colored/Permed Hair
New Finesse Hydrating Silk Protein Enriched Adj. Shampoo
Suave Professionals Shampoo, Humectant
Infusium 23 Shampoo, Moisturizing for Color/Permed Hair
Crest Rejuvenating Effects Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste
Colgate Baking Soda & Peroxide w/ Tartar Control Whitening Toothpaste
GoJo E 2 Sanitizing One Step Skin Cleanser
Crest Whitening Toothpaste Plus Scope, Minty Fresh Striped
Clairol Herbal Essences Intensive Blends Replenishing Shampoo
Suave Professionals Shampoo, Awapuhi
Just For Men Brush In Mustache, Beard & Sideburns, Natural Light Brown
Crest Tartar Control Whitening Plus Scope, Cool Peppermint Gel
Ultra Brite with Baking Soda & Peroxide Toothpaste
Dermapro Spa Bath for Body & Hair Shampoo
Ultra Brite Toothpaste
Sensodyne Anticavity Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth with Baking Soda
St. Ives Swiss Spa Extra Body Volumizing Shampoo with Chamomile & Sunflower
Suave Moisturizing Shampoo for Dry or Damaged Hair
Just For Men Shampoo In Haircolor, Natural Sandy Blonde
Crest Whitening Toothpaste Plus Scope, Cool Peppermint
Colgate Total Toothpaste, Fresh Stripe
Clearly Natural Body Soap
Thicker Fuller Hair Moisturizing Shampoo
Sensodyne Extra Whitening Toothpaste
Crest Baking Soda & Peroxide Whitening with Tartar Protection
St. Ives Swiss Spa Strength Shampoo-Pear/Vit. A Normal/Dry Hair
Dermapro IHC Food Industry Sanitizing Soap
Suave Moisturizing 2 in 1 Body Wash, Moisture Rich
Just For Men Shampoo In Haircolor, Medium Brown
Crest Cavity Protection Cool Mint Gel
Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Baking Soda Toothpaste
Aussie Mega Shampoo with Papaya Extract
Sesame Street Bubble Bath, Splashin Berry Bubbles
Aquafresh Striped Gel Whitening Toothpaste
Crest MultiCare Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste, Cool Mint
Revlon Age Defying SPF 8, Natural Tan
Oil of Olay Age Defying Series Daily Renewal Cleanser w Gentle Microbeads
Suave Moisturizing 2 in 1 Body Wash, Passion Flower & Rosemary
Just For Men Shampoo In Haircolor, Jet Black
Crest Cavity Protection Icy Mint Toothpaste
Herbal Essence Fruit Fusions Moisturizing Body Wash
Aussie Custard Apple Shampoo
Village Naturals Bubble Bath, Freesia & Flowers
Aquafresh Multi Action Whitening Toothpaste
Crest Kids Cavity Protection Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste
Topol Whitening Anticavity Toothpaste, Spearmint
Ivory Liquid Hand Soap (Clear)
Bioganic Safety Brands Lawn & Garden Spray
8 in 1 Perfect Coat Select Extra Body Shampoo
8 in 1 Perfect Coat Select Moisturizing Shampoo
8 in 1 Perfect Coat Select Antibacterial Deodorizing Shampoo
8 in 1 Perfect Coat Select Deep Cleansing Shampoo

If you'd like to learn alternatives for these products, come on over to welltellme.com. There are several threads on how to find replacement products or make your own.

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