Is Your Detergent Causing Your Breakouts?

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It might be time to stop blaming bad genes, hormones or even oily skin for your breakouts. Although, they could be factors, there’s something else you should consider-your detergent.

Although we love the scent of the ocean breeze or freshly mowed grass, detergents that contain heavy fragrances or dyes can often be harsh on the skin. “While color and fragrance spark the senses, they’re not always best for our health,” says skin care expert and co-founder of Circ-Cell, Melanie Simon. “Almost always, they contain synthetic ingredients and they’re not in their purest form. Add in other factors that are already irritating the skin like sensitivity, extreme weather conditions, severe dryness and heat or humidity, and your skin is going to react.”

Her solution instead is to use soaps, detergents and even fabric softeners that are free of fragrance and dyes. If you don’t like your clothing to look wrinkled, she says to simply, “Iron with a spray bottle filled with distilled water with one drop of lavender essential oil.”

Another option is to go natural. Use detergents and fabric softeners that don’t contain chemicals that can harm the skin. One to try is Vaska Herbatergent ($10), which contains real lavender and botanical cleaning agents, plus it’s available fragrance-free.

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