Are Fabric Softener & Scented Detergents causing your Acne?

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 8:04pm

Acne Vernata or contact acne, is acne related to exposure to certain substances that sometimes results in irritation, inflammation, acne flares and even allergic reactions. Not all of these reactions affect all people, or even all people who have acne. However, it is important to remember that there is a potential for contact related forms of inflammation or comedogenicity that might lead to acne flares. ~Dr. Mark Lees, Clearing Concepts


But you love the way everything smells so fresh and clean, you say. Fabric softener: dryer sheets, dryer bars and liquid softeners have a waxy residue that keeps the fresh scent and soft feeling in the fabric that can get onto your skin and clog your pores. Even fragrance-free softeners and dryer sheets have the same waxy residue, so avoid using those also. Laundry care manufacturers are not required to list ALL the ingredients that are used in their products….the term “fragrance” alone may refer to a combination of several hundred laundry chemicals that may be toxic or hazardous. Have you noticed that your laundry detergent contains a warning label!

I'm a fan of the more environmentally sustainable option of reusable rubber (or wool) dryer balls. Throw these into your dryer load and they will aerate your laundry to speed drying while helping to reduce static cling. Here is a list of Acne Safe detergents:

  • Cheer Free & Gentle,
  • All Free & Clear,
  • Tide Free & Gentle,
  • Tide Coldwater Free,
  • Tide 2xUltra Free,
  • Arm & Hammer Free of Perfumes/Dyes,
  • Purex Free & Clear,
  • CVS Free,
  • ShopRite Ultra Free & Clear,
  • Rite Aid Free,
  • Seventh Generation Free & Clear,
  • Safeway Select Free and Costco Kirkland Free & Clear Ultra.


Instead of chlorine bleach, try Clorox2 for Colors Free & Clear. These products are free of perfumes, dyes, chlorine bleach, phosphates and enzymes, and are especially gentle on sensitive, rashy, dehydrated and acne-prone skin.




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