Salicylates are found in natural form or synthetically made. The natural form is found in most plants, fruits or herbs in varying degree. A common synthetic form is in Aspirin. Most medical specialists do not test for salicylate allergy specifically, but increasingly many people are finding they do have salicylate sensitivity once they learn more about it.
Salicylates are in many types of products including skin care, sports pain relief creams and cosmetics, as salicylic acid. It has anti-inflammatory properties and that is why it is in Aspirin, pain relief medications, mouthwash, and toothpaste.
Since salicylic acid is a natural part of herbs, botanicals and other natural ingredients, with constant application through creams and lotions with these types of ingredients, you could develop sensitivity as well.
The symptoms associated with salicylate sensitivity include:
* Asthma like symptoms
* Itching, skin rash or hives
* Swelling of hands, feet or face
Dr. Paul R. St. Amand, M.D. is an endocrinologist and best selling author with Claudia Marek, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia. He has found a simple and unique treatment for fibromyalgia (FMS). Through varying dosages of a supplement called guaifenesin, many have found relief from the devastating symptoms of FMS. However, he warns his patients not to take any products with salicylates in skin care and personal care, or the guaifenesin will not be effective.
It's very difficult finding totally salicylate free products. Many brands depend on "natural" on their labels with a few herbs thrown in for marketing purposes. Plus, salicylates come in different chemical forms and names, and unless you are a chemist you will not recognize them.
If you suffer with any skin problems, sensitivities or other symptoms listed above and have not found the right treatment to help, you may want to consider salicylate free products.
At Cleure, we focus on salicylate free and non-irritating ingredients for all of our skin care, personal care, dental and makeup products.