I wish I had taken a picture of my hands last night… They were covered in red, itchy, blotchy bumps.
Needless to say, I knew that I was having an allergic reaction or skin irritation of some sort. Having had this happen at other times, I knew the best way to figure out what was causing my problem was to track the source.
The only thing I could come up with was the foaming hand soap I had set out in my bathroom for our guests to use… The smell was so nice (and coming from a very popular chain, it was one of my favorite holiday smells).
Yet I knew better. Which serves me right for getting the reaction I did.
I’m guessing it’s because of several ingredients including the active ingredient: Triclosan. You can find a whole blog post about Triclosan here: http://www.wisewifesoaps.com/2012/11/common-soap-ingredient-triclosan/
Anyway, I found out on the EWG’s Cosmetic Database that Triclosan scores a 7 (10 being the worst) in regard to its safety and use. One of the highest concerns being skin irritation and contamination concerns…. which definitely explains my rash…
In addition – the second ingredient in this soap is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (because this ingredient is listed second, that means it makes up the second most amount of the components next to water). Sodium Laureth Sulfate is also very toxic to the body and is a major cause for many skin irritations and aggravations. Dr. Mercola has an excelent article on SLS here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/13/sodium-lauryl-sulfate.aspx
- Look at the ingredients – Sulfates, sulfites, glycols, parabens are some very common ingredients that can be potentially harmful
- If you can’t say it, don’t buy it – If the ingredient is some overly complex word… like Methylisothiazolinone, it is likely to be chemically engineered nastiness
- If the ingredient list is longer that 30, it’s probably not something you want – The more ingredients, the more potentially harmful things you are putting on your body.
- Antibacterial doesn’t always mean it’s safe – Triclosan is currently being reviewed by the FDA and is suggested to be more harmful than helpful. The best way to prevent germs is to wash your hands vigorously under warm water for 30 or more seconds with regular soap.
- Your body is worth the extra money – I always hear people say that it is too expensive to buy natural products. Seriously? YOU are worth it. Taking care of your body is extremely important.