rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


The increase in the number of people with allergies, coeliac disease and food intolerances has seen a massive rise in the number of freefrom foods in the shops. Many of those who avoid certain foods have skin problems such as eczema if they do come into contact with that particular allergen. There are contact allergens too like grass, pollen, dust and animal dander.

We can do our best to avoid our triggers but what are the ingredients in your shampoo? Even many that are sold as natural, organic and suitable for dandruff, eczema and scaly scalps often contain some really nasty chemical ingredients, as I discovered in a recent analysis of shampoos for eczema skin.

Have you ever stopped to examine the ingredients in your shampoo and other skin care products?

93 chemicals in shampoo that could be causing your dermatitis

93 chemicals in shampoo that could be causing your dermatitis

If you haven’t considered this and are interested in finding out more please read this list of 93 chemicals that scientists know can cause dermatitis and skin problems for those with sensitive skin.

93 (and counting) common shampoo ingredients they know cause contact dermatitis

And when you’ve read the label and wondered where on earth to start when replacing your shampoo with something more kind to your scalp, read my run down on some chemical free shampoos.



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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