Skin Care

Go SLS-Free for Clear Skin

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, aka SLS, is in almost everything that bubbles. But it can also mess with your skin.

While SLS isn’t necessarily a “bad” ingredient. In products like toothpaste and shampoo, it’s used as a detergent and creates those lovely suds. It also can cause irritation and bad reactions. Not everyone is irritated by SLS, but if you’re skin has been having a reaction, it’s one of the first things you should change.

For me, removing SLS has been a major factor in stopping breakouts and redness. If you still have acne and get breakouts after trying everything else, check these four places for SLS.


Toothpaste was my first hint that SLS affected me. I’d breakout around my mouth and along my lips (which I think it the worst kind of pimple) no matter what I did. I did research (and it was confirmed by my Curology derm) and threw out my SLS filled toothpaste immediately.

I recommend: Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste


Shampoo is the next thing you should check. Many shampoos brag about being SLS free because the ingredient can dry our your hair and cause colored hair to fade quicker.

I recommend: Anything from the Organix line or Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (what I’m using now)

Body Wash

I love a bubbly body wash but those lovely sudsy bubbles aren’t so great for your skin. To work up a body soap without SLS, I use this Japanese Salux cloth which is amazing for exfoliating, too.

I’m going to be honest, I don’t have a good recommendation here. I’ve been using a sample of a face wash I have and need to find something new ASAP. Suggestions?

Laundry Detergent

I’ll admit I forgot about this one for a while. It wasn’t until I questioned why I was still getting small breakouts and irritations on my body that it hit me. I’ve since switched over to Puracy, and so far, so good. I’m not kidding when I say SLS is hiding everywhere.

I recommend: Puracy Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent

Did I miss anything? Let me know if you’ve discovered any hidden culprits! Seriously, I need to know.

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