Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Facts versus Fairytales – By Dr Mercola


Personal care products have become a $50-billion industry in the United States. You are seduced on a daily basis by the intoxicating aromas, flashy packaging and enticing promises of everlasting youth these products offer.

But what is the real cost of applying these products to your body?

If I were to tell you that your personal care products could be putting you at risk for hair and skin damage, immunological problems, damage to your eyes, and possibly even cancer, would you pay a little more attention to their ingredients?

The growing awareness of chemicals in the foods you eat has led many of you to begin reading labels. If you are doing this as part of your regular shopping routine, I commend you, and you will live longer for it.

But what about the products you are smearing all over yourself?

Eye makeup can be absorbed by your highly sensitive mucous membranes. Hair sprays, perfumes and powders can be inhaled, irritating your lungs. Lipstick is licked off and swallowed. Sunscreen and lotions are absorbed through your skin. Shampoocan run into your eyes or your baby’s eyes. Laundry detergent, in small amounts, comes in contact with your skin via your clothes

In 2004, a six-month study was done  . More than 10,000 body care product ingredients were evaluated, involving 2,300 participants.

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