According to the Environmental Working Group, women use an average of 12 products a day, containing 168 different chemicals. Teens on average use 17 personal care products a day, according to the group, which tested 20 teens' blood and urine seven years ago to find out which chemicals from these products were ending up in their bodies. They said they found 16 hormone-altering chemicals, including parabens and phthalates.
I spent the first 40 years of my life trying to manage the symptoms of multiple misdiagnosed skin issues. In the last 10 years, the situation became intolerable. My skin was in a constant state of compromise. Rashes and dry patches that were once limited to my hands appeared on my legs, arms, and face.
After trying prescription topicals, steroids, biopsies, light therapy, and limiting my personal and cleaning products-no relief. My dermatologist helped me to manage the symptoms by prescribing an immune suppressant. It treated the symptoms but required close physician monitoring and introduced unwanted side effects.
Ultimately, the mystery was solved with a T.R.U.E. TEST® patch test for diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis. The test panels applied to my back during a routine office visit. I returned in 3 days to get my results. The test showed that I have a severe sensitivity to both Isothiazolinone and Bronopol. The diagnosis was the beginning of a life-changing journey for me.
Armed with the names of the culprits, I researched what was already in my house. It was everywhere; shampoo, conditioner, lotion, face cream, foundation, dish soap, laundry detergent, cleaning products, and more. I was under attack in my own home; everything had to go.
I had to replace all of my products. It was more challenging than I imagined. The reality is that most commercially produced products contain harsh chemicals included to extend shelf life and profits. In my case, there is no safe exposure, so I needed to find alternatives. Locating chemical-free products was not as easy as I thought it would be.
The inspiration for Seaworthy Naturals was to be a local source for high-quality, clean products made from natural ingredients. You do not have to use products that contain chemicals that you cannot pronounce. You have our 100% toxin-free guarantee.