My acne treatment product of choice is Exposed Skincare. Simply because they have the best formulation I’ve seen. A few days back I went traveling with my friends for a couple of days. I didn’t want to pack the whole Exposed system as there are a lot of bottles to lug around. I figured I’ll get some face wash from 7-11 for the few days I’m traveling.
I got this face wash that contains green tea. But after using it my skin felt really, well, squeaky. Like when you draw your finger on your skin it almost makes squeaky noise. And you can feel that all the oil from the skin has been stripped away.
This can happen with cheaper face washes and I figured it’s just glycerin, as it tends to strip the skin clean. I checked the label for ingredients and was shocked to see sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) there.
I wrote about SLS before. It’s a common skin irritant and I found out that it was largely responsible for my persistent scalp acne. Why they want to put a known skin irritant into an acne treatment product eludes me. Perhaps because it’s cheap and also gets rid of the oil from the skin, and it creates the foaming effect people desire.
Have to chuck this experience to the ‘lessons learned’ category. So check the ingredients in label in your acne treatment and skin care products. It’s possible that the very product you use to treat acne makes it worse.