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Laundry detergents can aggravate acne

March 7, 2014 by Works with Water

If you have acne-prone skin, then there’s no tip too small or too big about how to keep your skin clear. Among those acne treatment tips, you’re sure to find a mention of making sure to change your pillowcase regularly.

This will stop the cocktail of dirt, bacteria, oil and dead skin cells coming in contact with your skin and causing problems. However, Laundry detergents, additives and fabric softeners can leave harmful residues that can irritate sensitive skin, cause a severe case of contact dermatitis, and worsen your acne or eczema.

Here’s some tips to stop your washing affecting your skin:

  • Pick a liquid detergent over a powder, as it’s less likely to leave residues in your fabric.
  • Choose a non-biological detergent as these are enzyme-free. It is thought that enzymes can aggravate damaged skin and many report an immediate improvement after switching from biological.
  • Use half of the recommend amount of detergent or opt for Eco wash balls instead.
  • Use less detergent on garments and bed linen that is going to be in direct contact with the skin for sustained periods of time.
  • Pick an un-fragranced detergent as artificial fragrances are one of the most common skin irritants.
  • Opt for a long rinse cycle to ensure all detergent residues have been washed away.
  • Don’t overload your machine as this can prevent thorough rinsing.

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