Can you please let me know if Ammonium Laureth Sulfate cause extremely dry skin when used in a cleanser. It's also the second ingredient on the very top of the product ingredient list. Actually, it's after water.
Thank you for your response. The only thing is this facial cleanser is an anti-aging 3 in 1 cleanser. It does clean very well and acts as a toner, refines my pores like no other cleanser. It also isn't a foam cleanser. It's actually a gel. The person that created this product swears by it and the directions do say, lather a small amount. She even says it's good for all skin types including, combination, oily skin. All of the ingredients listed are Purified Water, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Cocomidylpropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Glycol Stearate, Quaternium -19, Oil of Bergamot, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. In your opinion, what would be a good cleanser to use for dry skin? And would I be able to mix a little of both cleansers to use at the same time to clean my skin. I like this cleanser bc it doesn't cause me to break out and my pores are barely visible. However, it caused a tightening effect that makes my face feel dry. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
I personally wouldn't use a cleanser if my skin feels dry & tight afterwards. It means it strips the oil, and then the skin compensates with producing even more oil, so long term it's not good for pores.
Looking at the full ingredient list of the cleanser, there is nothing in there that can actually provide an anti-aging effect. In general, cleansers can’t really be anti-aging because anti-aging ingredients need to penetrate the upper most layer of the skin to have an effect, and rinse-off products can’t usually deliver on that. I’d also be concerned that this product contains Bergamot essential oil - especially if your skin is dry. It is a known sensitizer and irritant. I can recommend a couple of cleansers that will be more gentle. My personal all-time fav is La Roche Posay Toleraine Dermo Milky Cleanser (https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/la-roche-posay-toleriane-dermo-milky-cleanser). Other gentle options: Kiehl’s Centella Sensitive Facial Cleanser (https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/kiehls-since-1851-centella-sensitive-facial-cleanser), The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser (https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/the-ordinary-squalane-cleanser), The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm (https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/the-inkey-list-oat-cleansing-balm). How does the rest of your routine looks like?
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate can be irritating, especially if used in high concentration. It does depend on the formulation though: it can be formulated in a way that decreases the chance of irritation (for example, if a few different detergents are combined in a product instead of relying on Ammonium Laureth Sulfate solely). Still, especially if you’ve noticed that your skin tends to get dry after using a cleanser with it, or if your skin is quite sensitive in general, it’s a good idea to avoid products that have it in the top 3-4 ingredients. Personally, I do avoid it - I usually go for non-foaming cleansers (ALS is often used because of the foam it creates), I find non-foaming products, as a general rule, milder on my skin.