The health impact of harsh cleaners on your skin
How harsh cleaners can irritate your skin and trigger a Psoriasis flare up
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that affects the skin. It can lead to painful and itchy patches of raised, shiny, and thickened skin. Due to the chronic nature of the condition, psoriasis can greatly affect everyday life. There's no cure for psoriasis, which affects up to 7.5 million people in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. However, it is treatable and choosing the right household cleaning products can make a huge difference.
While triggers vary from person to person and can change from time-to-time, many common household products can be the culprit of irritation and cause flare-ups of symptoms. In a study done by NCBI, more than 57% of people with psoriasis have reported difficulties with household chores.
What can cleaning chemicals do to your skin?
Many of the products that keep our homes clean and germ-free can be really rough on skin! Even a ‘gentle’ cleaner can contain chemicals that dry out and irritate your skin if you're sensitive. Sensitive skin that's been exposed to cleaning products can develop a red, swollen, itchy rash that dermatologists call contact dermatitis. So, it’s super important to read ingredient labels and know what to look for and avoid before you choose a product.
The most notorious chemical irritants are usually easy to spot. The government requires the makers of toxic cleaning materials to label their products with words like, "DANGER," "POISON," or "USE IN A WELL-VENTILATED AREA." These warnings can help clue you in that the product contains ingredients that are bad for psoriasis.
See the chart below of psoriasis triggers to avoid:
Overall, if you’re unsure about a particular household or skin care product, check to see if it has the National Psoriasis Foundation’s “Seal of Recognition” like Sensitive Home's Free & Clear Laundry Detergent and Dish Soap.