If you or a family member has sensitive skin you may prefer a laundry detergent and fabric conditioner specially developed for sensitive skin. But knowing which is the best detergent for sensitive skin can be tricky. Why not try a gentle detergent, such as Persil Non-Bio, and combine with a mild fabric conditioner, such as Comfort Pure, to provides a caring combination for your delicate skin?
What is the best detergent for sensitive skin?
The best laundry detergent for sensitive skin is one that’s gentle on fabrics and skin, like non-bio detergent. Unlike biological detergents, Non-bio products do not contain enzymes that can trigger allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin and in babies. A great example of a non-bio detergent that is great for sensitive skin is Persil Non-Bio which is specifically formulated for sensitive skin. It is dermatologically tested and, for extra reassurance, its skin care research is recognised by the British Skin Foundation.
Is Persil good for sensitive skin?
Yes! All Persil Non-Bio products are proud carriers of the British Skin Foundation stamp of approval.
If you’re looking for a washing powder, washing capsules, or liquid detergent for sensitive skin then the Persil Non-Bio range has a product for you. Read more about why Persil Non-Bio is a suitable laundry detergent for sensitive skin.
Laundry tips for sensitive skin
Choosing the right sensitive Persil detergent for your skin is only half the battle. It's also important to know how to approach your laundry to get the best results without causing irritation:
- Rinse clothes thoroughly to ensure all laundry detergent is removed. Some machines use reduced amounts of water in the rinse cycle to save energy so an additional rinse cycle may help reduce the risk of skin irritation from detergent residue.
- Choose soft, natural fabrics that allow skin to breathe. Use a fabric softener such as Comfort Pure to help keep these fabrics soft wash after wash. Comfort Pure is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested making it perfect for those with sensitive skin. Read our article on how to use fabric softener for handy tips.
- Always wash baby clothes with a detergent designed for sensitive skin, like Persil Non-Bio. Anyone can have sensitive skin but babies are at greater risk of skin irritation because their skin hasn't had as much time to adapt to the world around them. You can add Comfort Pure to make sure baby clothes are extra soft too.
- Wash new clothes before wearing them. New clothes may have chemicals on them from the production process or they may have picked up irritants in-store or during transportation so this is always a good idea when you have sensitive skin. Reduce the risk of irritation to sensitive skin by washing new clothes with Persil Non-Bio before wear. As mentioned before, babies can have very sensitive skin so washing clothes before first wear is important for baby clothes - especially second hand clothes and hand-me-downs.
- Follow detergent instructions and speak to your doctor. No laundry detergents can be guaranteed suitable for people with serious skin conditions, so careful usage is important. Please read washing instructions carefully and if you suffer from unusually sensitive skin please contact your doctor.
Tips for sensitive skin: bathing and showering
Managing sensitive skin is about more than just choosing the right laundry products - you also need to make sure your personal hygiene regime is managed.
- Try not to spend too long in the shower or bath (no more than 20 minutes soaking in the bath).
- Don’t bathe in water that is too hot as it can dry the skin out.
- Instead of soap, consider using a mild cleanser like Dove cream bar.
- Try not to overstimulate the skin with excessive massage, rubbing, or exfoliation.
- Pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Never rub vigorously.
- Moisturise with a product like Vaseline for very dry skin.
- Choose cosmetics, lotions and detergents that are labelled ‘dermatologically tested’ and ‘hypoallergenic’.
For more advice on choosing the best laundry detergent for your family, check out our article on Bio vs. Non-Bio.