What does it do? As a surfactant, it creates lather in shampoos and soaps to create a satisfying customer experience. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a known skin irritant. And although most people do not have a response, anyone with chronic skin hypersensitivity might consider avoiding this.
Another two products called sodium laureth sulfate and ammonia laurly sulfate are also found in the same kinds of skin products. The research on these is less comprehensive and less condemning, but they are still dermatological irritants and I avoid them along with sodium lauryl sulfate.
Common skin products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate are:
- Shampoos - lots of alternatives now! look for "sulfate-free."
- Soaps and body wash- I use shampoo, but there are many products.
- Bubble-bath - don't do it.
- Toothpaste - Sensodyne
- Shaving cream