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Master List of Laundry Soaps

Sources of pure soap laundry powder or liquid Always check ingredients first, manufacturers change product ingredients all the time.   A small % of Amazon purchases linked through here goes to SolveEczema if purchased through the link, on the order of $15/month). To save money or time, do it yourself!  There are many online recipes for …

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The roar of the crowds, the ITCH of the greasepaint?…

Well, add stage makeup to another class of products that appears to frequently have detergents in them, sometimes pretty strong detergents like SLS.  Wow, I was a theater buff as a teenager and remember the thick oily makeup and the greasy cold creams necessary to remove it.  Things must have changed.  I’m guessing detergents help …

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The SolveEczema view on dry skin

I am reposting a part of reply I just wrote to a comment, since not everyone reads the comments (and I tend not to even read what comes in frequently, because of all the spam).  It covers the issue of myths about dry skin, from my perspective: With eczema, dryness is almost a separate issue. …

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Where to Find Non-detergent Shampoo

When Solveeczema.org users ask me for choices in non-detergent shampoo, in the past, I had little to say. The best one I had tried was Cal-Ben’s. But, different people have different needs and preferences. I just looked at the Environmental Working Group’s web site. In the shampoo category, many products listed as the safest are …

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Detergents in Everything

When I said detergents are in everything these days, I guess I didn’t know the half of it. The Whole Foods web site lists “ingredients that are commonly found as inactive ingredients, or excipients, in dietary supplements.”  Sodium lauryl sulfate is listed as an “emulsifier; also used to aid in the making of tablets.”  It’s …

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Update on Sunscreens

With summer approaching, it’s time to take another look at sunscreens. The products list on Solveeczema.org is notably short on sunscreens.  We had good luck with Mustela’s Moderate Sun Protection Stick (SPF 20), but a company spokesperson told me last week that the product has been long discontinued and they have no remaining stock. That’s …

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Update on mattresses: Avoiding dust

Here’s an interesting development.  In a previous post, I wrote about our experience choosing a mattress that wouldn’t be an allergy source for this specific detergent problem.   In trying to find something that wouldn’t shed detergent-laden dust or introduce potential allergens such as latex, we chose an organic cotton mattress with a food-grade polyethylene …

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