Dermatitis/eczema are epidemic today.

Use of synthetic detergents has exploded in the last 20 years or so.

Synthetic detergents are found in all liquid wash products including shower gels, hand washes and shampoos.

And all domestic cleaning products such as washing-up liquid, liquid laundry detergent, floor cleaners etc.

Among the problems associated with detergent use are:

Dryness – These are very effective products which are used to remove dirt and grease from surfaces, including your skin when you use them for washing.The more you use the more oils will be stripped out and the drier your skin will become.

Irritation – many detergents are recognised as direct irritants, these include sodium laureth sulphate and sodium lauryl sulphate. Many other detergents are also irritant but have less impact.

Allergies – Many ingredients in the products we use on our skin cause allergies, these include wash products and make up. Fragrances are usually described as the most allergenic substances in common use but MI (methylisothiazolinone) and cocamidopropyl betaine   are becoming an increasing problem.

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How can I avoid “Detergentitis“?

  • Avoid using liquid cleansers, shower gels, baby wash products.
  • Avoid products which contain artificial chemicals such as fragrances, preservatives and colours.
  • Use warm, not hot water. Hot water is very drying.
  • Do not linger in the bath or shower, this dries out skin.
  • Moisturise your skin regularly with natural products.

Marble Hill Neem oil soap is 100% pure, has no added chemicals and has 10% added moisturising oils including Shea Butter, Avocado oil, Sweet Almond oil and Vitamin E.

HandSalve is recommended by nurses, hairdressers and catering staff for intense relief from dry, cracked, itchy irritated skin, contact dermatitis and occupational eczema.

(See our case study leaflet for detailed information on how Marble Hill helped to save a nurse’s career.)

Product ranges which contain Irritants, allergens and synthetic detergents include:

Sanex e.g. Zero Sensitive Skin Shower Gel, Dove e.g. Men+ Clean Comfort Face and Body Wash, Radoxe.e.g. Feel Uplifted Shower Gel, Original Source e.g. Mint Shower Gel, Simple e.g. Kind To Skin Nourishing Shower Cream, Johnson’s e.g. Baby Bedtime Bath

Always do a patch test before using any new skincare product.