Common Ingredient in Eczema Cream Not Recommended by New Study
Sodium lauryl sulfate is found in many products including creams used to treat eczema. A recent study published in the British Jounal of Dermatology warned against the use of this ingredient increams for variety of skin conditions.
The study was based on a product called BP that is currently sold in the UK for the treatment of dry skin. The study found that when healthy volunteers applied the cream to their forearms daily for a period of four weeks, its thickness was reduced by more than ten per cent. The outer layer of the skin has a protective barrier layer which is the thickness of a sheet of paper and helps keep moisture in.
The offending ingredient in the cream was found to be sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which was found to increase the permeability of the skin barrier and cause irritation. The researches concluded that with its use on damaged skin, negative effects can be even more dramatic.
Evidently, SLS rubbed from a cream into the skin, thins the skin's protective barrier, making it more susceptible to irritation by chemicals.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the diagnoses of eczema from five per cent to 30 per cent. Genetics and environmental factors play a role in causing skin conditions. For those individuals with eczema, the researchers recommended using creams and products free of SLS.
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