Sensitive Skin & Allergy Free Detergents and Soaps
Sensitive Skin Detergents and Soaps
Many people like myself have sensitive skin to detergent perfumes and ingredients. The sensitivity is not always an allergy. Symptoms of a detergent allergy include itchy skin (especially on surfaces which rub against clothes), redness, rash etc. Below are lists of products and how they address sensitive issues. Not all products are free of perfumes and dyes. If you suspect you have a skin reaction, change your detergent or soap.
Laundry Detergents for Sensitive Skin
Today in the grocery store you can find a detergent for sensitive skin under each brand.
all® Free Clear: no preservatives, no perfumes, no dyes. This is also one of the most affordable detergents available in different sizes and concentrated.
Tide Free: does not include dyes or perfumes. Available in powder or liquid in different concentrations.
Cheer brightCLEAN™ Free & Gentle: includes only some specific dyes and perfumes for your sensitive skin and keeps the brighteners in the formula.
ECOS Free & Clear: Earth friendly detergent does not include oils for fragrance, fabric softeners, or cellulose fabric brighteners. This product is not only good for you, it is more eco friendly! Safe for septic systems.
Bright Green Free & Clear: Bright Green is a brand sold at Tom Thumb and Randall’s store locations. This product is designed for sensitive skin, the container is composed of 25% post-consumer recycled plastic, and is phosphate-free. Safe for septic systems.
In addition to an allergy free laundry detergent, complement your wash with a dye and perfume free dryer sheet. Don't forget to use all products free of irritants to eliminate any skin irritation. I have used Bounce Free & Sensitive dryer sheets and they perform just as well as any other dryer sheet. Usually there is no generic alternative at my local grocery stores, so I have to spend the extra couple dollars on the Bounce brand.
Soaps and Body Lotions for Sensitive Skin
Dove® Sensitive Skin®: Dove designed a line of lotions, soap, deodorant, body wash, and cleaners which are dermatologist-tested, fragrance free and hypoallergenic.
Keri Sensitive Skin: Lotion is fragrance free, lanolin free, and dye free.
Ivory: Ivory’s basic products are naturally free of heavy perfumes or lotions and are one of the best values for your money!
Eucerin: Dermatologist recommended lotions for sensitive and dry skin.
Oil of Olay: Quench Body Lotion for sensitive is fragrance free with Aloe Vera.
Sensitivity to Band-Aids
Many people are also sensitive to band-aids and this is not always an allergy. Some people are allergic to latex, and need to purchase-latex free band-aids. Others have a sensitivity to band-aids in general. Symptoms include dry and reddened skin at the band-aid site, itching and pain.
One solutions is to throw away band-aids all together. Gauze with soft medical tape over a wound will help prevent skin irritation. The irritation often occurs on more sensitive skin area. Rough areas of skin (such as the heel of the foot) may not experience any irritation with the use of band-aids. Liquid band-aids can be used by some people and may be worth the try.
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