posted on Nov, 25 2008 @ 04:31 AM
Hmm, I just looked at my tube of Tom's again, and discovered that it does contain the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that you mentioned earlier. I have never
heard anything negative about the chemical, but after a quick search:
A number of health concerns about SLS have been raised in published reports. These studies indicate that:
SLS may cause a number of skin problems (for which the non-specific term is dermatitis), with some people being affected more than others.
SLS in toothpaste may cause aphthous ulcers, commonly referred to in some countries as "canker sores". However, some studies find no connection
between SLS in toothpaste and mouth ulcers.
Interesting. I do have the occasional sore inside my mouth, but they seem to only pop up after I have bitten my cheek, or caused some other injury.
I will have to check the ingredients in my shampoo as well. I have been fighting a case a dry scalp for the last year or so, and I don't want to be
fueling the situation with SLS...
It's interesting to note that the main purpose to adding this chemical to products is so the product will form a lather... I don't know about you,
but I think I could live without that little perk.
Additionally, this chemical breaks down protien. Why would you want to put this on your skin, or in your mouth?