Can shampoo cause acne? - ORLI

Can shampoo cause acne?

Posted on February 08, 2018 by ORLI

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Most people correctly assume that acne is caused by hormones, skincare and food. What most don't realise is that skin breakouts are also related to the kind of shampoo you use.

Conventional shampoos contain sulfates such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS).  These sulfates give your hair that squeaky clean feeling and create lots of bubbles which are associated with a 'thorough' and proper clean.

However, these same surfactants are so powerful, that there are found in engine degreasers and industrial strength detergents. Ironically these sulfates are also used in laboratories as a skin irritating agent in order to test skincare products.

Imagine what they are doing to your skin and scalp. Even in small quantities, these sulfates can cause irritation and extreme dryness especially amongst people with sensitive skin. So effective they are at stripping dirt and grease, that they also strip your scalp and skin from precious and necessary natural oils.

In order to counteract the over drying of the skin and scalp, the same products that use SLS/SLES are also formulated with high amounts of moisturising agents and silicones; usually PEG and dimethicone compounds which are petroleum based. Why? Because like SLS, these compounds are very cheap.

They certainly give you that 'greased' and moisturised effect but what they are really doing is clogging up your pores, making it difficult for your skin to breathe. PEGs and silicone compounds are made from the same raw material (petroleum) that is used to make plastic. So imagine covering your skin with glad wrap. Sure it will feel moisturised but it will also be suffocated! 

Irritated scalp from using the wrong shampoos plus the residue left from the PEG and 'ethicone' compounds from mineral oils often result in dandruff. These dry skin flakes can block pores, resulting in pimples on your face, particularly around your hairline and forehead as well as the back of your neck and upper back. 

Using harsher shampoos that 'control' oil production isn't the answer either. These products simply exacerbate and encourage the production of more sebum, creating a never ending of imbalanced skin and acne.

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Sulfate free natural shampoos are gentler on your hair and on your scalp. They might take a little getting use to because they don't foam as much or strip your natural precious oils but they certainly do the job of cleaning your hair from dirt. After approximately two/three weeks of using SLS free shampoo, your hair and scalp will adjust to it. It will re-balance and stabilise sebum production. The result is clean, healthy hair that's not over-stripped. 

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Using SLS free shampoo means you'll require far less hair conditioning products, if any at all.

Our SLS free, plant based, organic shampoo contains ginger, green tea extract plus rosemary, peppermint and cedarwood essential oils that enhance blood circulation, that is essential for a healthy scalp.