Sulfates, otherwise known as sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, are so-called surfactants or detergents typically used in face cleansers, shampoos, body washes, dish detergents, and most mainstream foaming products.
Why No Sulfates in Skincare?
The primary purpose of sulfates is to de-grease and thoroughly clean a surface. But, when it comes to products that we apply to the face, like facial cleansers or foams, it might clean a bit too well and strip your skin of its natural oils.
As a result, it can disrupt your skin’s natural barrier and cause dry skin or irritations if you have sensitive skin.
Not so long ago, the beauty world thought that sulfates contribute to certain cancers, but luckily, science has disapproved this since then.
And, while most of us wouldn’t mind sulfates in our body washes (for that bubbly and clean feeling), it’s a different story when it comes to facial skincare products. The skin on our face is sensitive and acne-prone, and adding an extra irritant is not recommended.
The Dangers of Sulfates
Here’s why we recommend sulfate-free skincare:
Sulfates can cause dry skin;
They can irritate sensitive skin;
Sulfates can clog pores and worsen acne long-term;
They can cause hairline acne if used in shampoos;
They can cause mouth, eyes, or lung irritations;
Sulfates aren’t good for acne-prone skin or sensitive skin;