Why do Many Washing Products Irritate? Even those labelled "For Sensitive Skin" or Eczema ?
Why do we see Sodium Laureth Sulphate in almost all commercial washing products, despite its high skin irritation score? This includes most pharmacy products labeled for 'Sensitive Skin' or Eczema. The answer is it is the cheapest, and it can be warehoused for years. Just add water and salt (to thicken), design a nice label, and voilà! A cheap, creamy shampoo or body wash. For people with sensitive skin, much more gentle cleansers could be used. In fact, there are cleansers like ours that don't irritate the skin any more than water. They only cost a few cents more per wash. They are natural too, Capric Glucoside is made from Glucose, not petroleum. Being natural, they are slightly harder to formulate and cannot be kept in storage for years like petroleum ingredients and this is why its "too hard" and too expensive for mass produced brands.
When we made our products for our own family's use, we used the mildest cleansers we could find anywhere. It has been amazing what a difference this has made to everyone's skin here at MooGoo.
What does "Dermatologically Tested" or "Approved by Dermatologists" mean?
"Claims such as 'dermatologically tested' or 'dermatologist approved' - found on many cosmetics, toiletries and some washing powders - are confusing and potentially misleading according to a UK Consumer Association. These 'derma' claims imply that a product has reached a certain level of safety or effectiveness. But there are no standard industry-wide definitions setting out how a product must be tested, and the results it needs to achieve." (WHICH -UK Consumer Association).
The Power of the word "Dermatology":
Lets look at the ingredients in detail...
Water - No problems.
Propylene Glycol - petrochemical penetration enhancer with high skin irritation. In this product at a high concentration.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - The most irritating petroleum based surfactant used in skin care. Good foam and cheap.
Paraben Mix. Preservatives with a dubious reputation.
Lucky for them dermatologists are more trained in diagnosing skin problems than skin care formulation. Perhaps the mention of dermatologists on the label make this one of the most commonly suggested products for people with skin problems.