"No matter what type of sulfates are used... Sulfates wash away the natural oils from your hair and scalp that can cause dryness and irritation. Long-term use of sulfates can cause scalp irritation and lead to dandruff." - Dan's Blog
What is a Sulfate?
Sulfates are detergents made from processing minerals. They help melt oily substance into water to help wash it away. As such, it is one of the most common chemicals found in household items from toothpastes to dish soaps. It is helped by the fact that it is cheap to manufacture and manufacturers only have to use small amounts due to its powerful cleaning power.
Warning! Sulfates Are Hidden in Different Guises
In Skincare products, sulfates are found in many different forms: such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES). Some believe SLS to be a carcinogen (cancer-causing) although the scientific evidence is weak.
What is definitive is that SLS can penetrate the skin and that SLS is an irritant to your eyes and skin. SLES is considered to be a gentler form of SLS, but it has a bigger problem. SLES is often contaminated by 1,4-dioxane, a carcinogenic byproduct of manufacturing SLES.
The Real Problem
No matter what type of sulfates are used, a common problem exists in all of them. They wash away the natural oils from your hair and scalp that can cause dryness and irritation. Long-term use of sulfates can cause scalp irritation and lead to dandruff. We believe in stronger scalp and healthier follicles can help with hair loss.
So What can you do? Alternatives to Sulfates
The good news is that neither SLES nor SLS is required for consumer products to work. Many formulations, including shampoos and toothpastes, are available in SLS-free versions.
Here at JKosmmune, we chose to use Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate in our shampoo. This is a larger molecule that do not penetrate the skin and have gentler detergent effect. In our enzyme cleanser, we used Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (from coconut) and Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate along with papin enzyme (from papaya), all of which are much gentler cleansing ingredients and received low hazard designation from the EWG (environmental working group).
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