TEA-lauryl sulfate

Irritants , Surfactants/Detergent Cleansing Agents , Thickeners/Emulsifiers

Detergent cleansing agent that’s considered too drying, particularly when it’s the primary cleansing ingredient. While there’s abundant research showing that sodium lauryl sulfate is a sensitizing cleansing agent, there’s no similar supporting research for TEA-lauryl sulfate. However, because the relationship between the two is so close, we recommend against using either of them. The basis for this is a judgment call, made from a desire to protect skin from sensitization; however, there are no specific studies we can cite for this recommendation, although there are those who will understandably disagree with our conclusion.

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