I’m persnickety about the toothpaste I use. After a bout of severe dry-mouth due to a bad toothpaste, I stick to what I know. But recently I started using one that I felt was specific to my needs. But, I started noticing my mouth would hurt. Like a sensitivity. As with anything, you should always start with the simplest thing and rule it out before jumping to conclusions. But toothpaste wasn’t the simplest, as I found out.
Apparently, there is something called Sodium Laureth Sulfate in toothpaste. Not just one toothpaste, but many. I’m pretty sure that’s the culprit, but I also found this stuff is in everything we use. Shampoo, soap, moisturizers, and the list goes on! All this time I thought I just had sensitive skin to the point where it was causing not mere discomfort, but pain! I would have a burning sensation, particularly after a shower. Today I looked at all the toothpaste in the cabinet and all of my bath stuffs. The scary part is that it is used to de-grease car engines from my understanding, and is not only found in garages but also just about everything in my tub and cabinet contained SLS. Not only that but the one toothpaste I had been using also contained Triclosan: Another one for the record! Look up the environmental effect of Triclosan and what it’s normally used in. After reading up on it I try to stay away from it. It is normally found in anti-bacterial soaps, waterless sanitizers, and acne treatments.
Not long ago after having problems with my shampoo and switching to gentler formulas and having the problem worsen, I found that washing my hair with Ivory soap helped. Sounds weird, right? But sometimes when you’re desperate you’ll try just about anything. And the problem went away!
What I’m upset about is that I spent all this time trying to find something to suit my personalised needs to get it to stop! However, I shouldn’t have to go out of my way to find a personalised product when the products contain something that should not be in there to begin with!
So…What am I going to do about it? I’m thinking about going natural. Let me rephrase: I’m not going to stop brushing my teeth and bathing, but hopefully I can find a company that puts out homemade products. I do wonder if they’re as effective, but I had better luck using lemon juice on my face as opposed to ProActive. Baking soda also works, followed by apple cider vinegar, which I also love to use on my hair. It makes it really soft but I hate the vinegar scent. I use a lot of baking soda and white vinegar in my laundry, and hydrogen peroxide to disinfect objects (but not wounds as it’s not the wisest option to use for cuts and scrapes). Sugar makes a really great scrub. But I can’t stand not using traditional soap, either.
So I’m torn between having to use the natural stuff and worrying about it’s efficacy, or going to something that has caused an adverse reaction. My main thing is to create awareness, and that hopefully other people will write the companies to tell them of their own dissatisfaction in knowing that SLS is being used in their products.
As for me, I’m definitely going to be writing of my concern to these companies because they need to know. After all, I can’t be the only one who thought they just had “sensitive skin” all this time only to realise that it seems as though through trial and error it is more likely that this condition was the direct result of the products I have been using!
We work for minimum wage (sometimes less if you’re a full-time writer lol) and we are given the most cost-effective products to suit our pocketbooks. How many people can afford a dermotologist to find out if this is, in fact, the cause of their problems? Or an oral specialist to see if the toothpaste is causing the mouth pain? It would be different if I were simply allergic, but we’re having peanut bans on airplanes and milk bans in schools because kids are allergic. This is something that is not only affecting me but could, over time, have the same results on other people. It’s been an ongoing problem of mine for several years now. And I think we have the right to know as consumers, and that we deserve better as human beings. It’s simply unacceptable that we should have to “settle” for something that could very well end up causing us harm.