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Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is used as a detergent, a foaming agent, and for viscosity building in personal care products. Due to its low salt content, it is useful in formulations that are sensitive to high levels of sodium chloride.. Its one of the most irritating ingredients in personal care products.yet used by almost every manufacturer worldwide.Found in shampoos and other personal care products, SLS is used commercially to clean floors, as an engine degreaser and a car wash Ammonium lauryl sulfate is the most strongly irritant, followed by sodium lauryl sulfate. SLS has a primary irritation index of over 5 means the test material is rated as a primary irritant, 2-5 means moderately irritating. Potentially, SLS is perhaps the most harmful ingredient in personal-care products. SLS is used in testing-labs as the standard skin irritant to compare the healing properties of other ingredients. Industrial uses of SLS include: garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and car wash soaps. Studies show its danger potential to be great, when used in personal-care products. Research has shown that SLS and SLES may cause potentially carcinogenic nitrates and dioxins to form in the bottles of shampoos and cleansers by reacting with commonly used ingredients found in many products. Large amounts of nitrates may enter the blood system from just one shampooing. Sulphate (SLS) is a gold standard as an enhancer on transdermal absorption yet its used in Toothpastes and Mouthwash (unbelievably)
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