Most body washes (and other products that create suds) contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a foaming agent. Typically the second or third ingredient in body was, SLS is added simply to create more bubbles. Consumers have a misconception that the more bubbles and suds you have, the cleaner you are. However, you don't need extra bubbles to be clean. All SLS does is dry out your skin. SLS is a surfectant, which means that it helps rinse dirt and oil away from your skin. SLS is such a good surfectant that it is also used to degrease car engines in higher concentrations. Sulfates have been known to cause allergic reactions in consumers. Below is a list of common sulfates.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES)