What is Sensitive Skin?
“Sensitive skin” is a term used to describe a condition that over 40% of the population has, in which they experience a rash of itchy, blotchy, or otherwise irritated skin. This condition might be caused by illnesses, prescriptions or individual hormonal balance. It is likely, however, that this is the result of exposure varying weather conditions or even products you use every day.
Sensitive skin is a term used to describe a condition experienced by 40% of the population. Signs of sensitive skin include:
– Stinging/ Burning
– Dry Skin
– Frequent rashes
– Constant Acne-related breakouts
– Dry, flaky skin
– Easily sunburned
– Regular blushing or skin flushing
There are different illnesses that might cause these symptoms. Skin-reactive illnesses include eczema, rosacea, shingles, and psoriasis. Sensitive skin can also be a result of medications, genetics, an infection, or exposure to environmental triggers. These triggers can be anything from varying weather conditions to household products you use every day. Products to look out for contain anything that you use that has a fragrance. This list likely extends outside your collection of perfume or cologne. Think about the cleaners you use in your kitchen, the candles you burn, your soap, any air fresheners, and even your laundry detergent. Unfortunately, your symptoms might not be completely alleviated, even if you have eliminated fragrance-filled products and switched to unscented laundry detergent and soaps.
Is Your Laundry Detergent Causing your Skin Rash?
Laundry detergent can worsen your skin sensitivities. A sensitivity or allergy to laundry detergent is often hard to uncover, because your skin reactions might seem to appear at random, without an obvious trigger. There are a few different things to look out for to determine if you are in fact having an allergic reaction to laundry detergent.
A rash from laundry detergent will be much more pronounced on the parts of your body that come into contact with your clothing. You might notice that your feet and forehead are not as irritated as your arms, legs, or torso. Your arms and legs might be the most irritated in a detergent-related reaction, as this is where clothing is tighter and rubs against the skin more.
Laundry detergent allergic reactions can be mistaken for food allergies, and sufferers often switch up their diet to alleviate their symptoms. Unfortunately, the change in diet does not make a substantial improvement in their reactions. Others might determine that it is skin-related and use more detergent to wash away potential irritants. This can obviously be very harmful to those with detergent sensitivities and can make symptoms worse.
Toxic Chemicals Found in Laundry Detergents
Take a look at your current laundry detergent’s label and you will see a long list of chemicals. If this wasn’t scary enough, manufacturers of laundry detergent aren’t even required to list everything in the ingredients. Even baby safe laundry detergent and chemical free laundry detergent often contain hidden chemicals that can be damaging to your health. Below is an infographic we made to give you a better idea of the top 7 most toxic chemicals hiding in your laundry detergent.
Is Formaldehyde Hiding in Your Detergents?
One of the scariest and most common ingredients from that list is Formaldehyde, but what exactly is it? According to Cacer.gov: “Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products… In addition, formaldehyde is commonly used as an industrial fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant, and as a preservative in mortuaries and medical laboratories.
Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the international Agency for Research on Cancer and as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection.”
Formaldehyde is not likely going to be listed on laundry detergent labels and can come in the form of different chemicals that release formaldehyde. This can include:
– DMDM hydantoin
– Diazolidinyl urea
– Imidazolidinyl urea
– and so many more
This extensive list is too much to memorize and keep up with. What can you do about it, especially now that your clothes have been washed multiple times with laundry detergent containing formaldehyde and other irritating toxins.
Best Method for Removing Formaldehyde from Your Clothes
The first step is to use your existing hypoallergenic detergent or detergent for sensitive skin. Pick one up if you don’t have one already. Look for ones that are dye and fragrance-free. These detergents are a great start, as they limit the number of toxic chemicals typically included in laundry detergents. However, these detergents have hidden chemicals as well and you can still smell a scent from the present chemicals. In addition, these detergents are not designed to remove toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde from your clothes.
To effectively remove formaldehyde and other toxins from your clothes, use the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer alongside your fragrance. EnviroKlenz uses patented earth mineral technology to neutralize chemical odors and VOCs at the chemical source. What makes the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer the best laundry detergent for sensitive skin? First its ability to break down and eliminate the chemicals on your clothing, as well as the chemicals found in your detergent which can cause skin reaction for those with sensitive skin. Next, by simply using the EnviroKlenz laundry additive on new clothing and linens, you are removing and neutralizing harmful and toxic chemicals that can serve as triggers to your skin reactions. Taking these simple steps can help alleviate symptoms that you are experiencing from detergent-based allergy and sensitivities.
Over 40% of the population suffers from sensitive skin. Most make changes in their diets and habits to find relief. What they don’t know, is that their symptoms might be the cause of dangerous chemicals included in their laundry detergent. Formaldehyde, among others, is a known carcinogen that is especially common and can be the culprit of your skin irritation. Using the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer alongside your usual dye-free and fragrance-free laundry detergent can provide significant relief of your allergy and chemically-irritated symptoms.