What Does Laundry Detergent Have To Do With Acne?

How You Wash Your Clothes Mau Actually Affect Your Acne

If you’re experiencing acne, you sometimes need to be a bit of a detective to determine how you can improve the condition. Conventional acne treatments can certainly be helpful, but it is important to not ignore possible culprits that may actually be causing the acne or making it worse. When selecting products to treat our acne, we generally exercise caution because we know we will have to use the products on our faces or bodies on a daily basis. However, there is another product we commonly use that we may not associate with acne -- but that has very much to do with it.

Laundry Detergent Needs To Do More Than Clean and Smell Good

Unless we have sensitive skin in addition to our acne, we often don’t pay much attention to the laundry detergent. Some people don’t even stick with one brand and just grab whatever’s on sale that week. But if you stop to think about the fact that remnants of our laundry detergents are left on our clothing, sheets and towels and that those things touch our skin each and every day, the picture starts to become clearer.

Considering the recommendations that doctors make to patients suffering from other skin ailments such as eczema, it would make sense that acne sufferers could also benefit from changing laundry detergent brands. While the laundry detergent won’t cause acne directly, you really don’t want to add to your skin problem by the possible irritants many laundry detergents on the market contain. If you are sensitive to your usual laundry detergent, your skin will get red. If you suffer from acne, you might never realize that some of the redness and inflammation you experience is related to your laundry detergent.

Finding What Works

If you have acne, look for hypoallergenic laundry detergents. The kind that are suitable for washing baby clothes are a good choice, such as Dreft. Natural food stores often sell environmentally-friendly brands that are free of harsh chemicals and these can also be a good choice for individuals who have acne. Sun and Earth is just one brand that fits the bill.

For The Budget-Minded

It is important to realize that laundry detergents that are free of harsh chemicals and possible irritants tend to cost more. If the cost is a concern for you, simply limit your use of the higher-priced detergent by only washing your sheets and pillowcases in it. If you suffer from back acne, you also might want to wash your shirts and towels in the chemical-free laundry detergent also. Then you can wash things like your towels, jeans, socks and undergarments with regular detergent.

Don’t Jump To Conclusions

If you try a new laundry detergent, make sure you allow yourself ample time to see if you notice an improvement in your skin. Don’t switch brands too quickly or you will have trouble determining how the new laundry detergent affected you. It can take up to two or three weeks to notice a significant difference in your acne.

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