I would like to preface this by saying I have never been allergic to anything in my 32 years of life. I don't consider myself to have sensitive skin, and I've used almost all the big name brand laundry detergents along with a multitude of soaps, creams and face washes generally available on the market.
Normally I would not write a review, but in this instance I thought it pertinent for others to be aware of the potential issues from using The Honest Company's liquid laundry detergent.
My wife bought a couple of bottles a few weeks before our first child was born to wash all the new clothes; it is supposed to be hypoallergenic and all natural.
When our daughter was born there were so many clothes that needed washed that we began using the detergent to wash everything.
After about five weeks of using the new detergent I noticed a few red bumps on my wrist and forearm, mainly the areas of skin that would come in contact when holding my daughter.
I didn't think anything of it at the time, but it got progressively worse over the next week to ten days.
I finally went to the doctor, who told me to buy the cheapest laundry detergent possible (which was Purex Free and Clear) and wash everything immediately.
I was put on oral steroids for six days, and had an appointment with a dermatologist the next day. The dermatologist gave me three different steroid creams, essentially the strongest stuff you can get, and told it me it should clear up within 7-10 days.
Well... it didn't. I had to call almost three weeks after I initially went to the doctor to get more oral steroids, as well as have more creams called in because I went through everything I had.
My entire body had broken out into a severe rash, which can be best described as one you would get from poison ivy. It went from my neckline where my shirt stops all the way down to the soles of my feet. It itches terribly, and has only recently become tolerable.
The full effects of the detergent were not realized until about six weeks after we stopped using the product; it was a very slow and very delayed reaction.
It has now been nearly three months since we stopped using The Honest Company's laundry detergent after using it for only a few weeks, and the rash is starting to get slightly better. It still covers my body, but the areas that were first affected are beginning to clear; there remains a lot of fading spots where the bright red rash once occupied.
And now that I have used almost all the steroid creams that were prescribed, I will probably need to go back to the doctor to get an additional round of oral steroids and more topical creams. I wouldn't be surprised it this took another 4-6 months to fully heal.
At this point I'm just relieved my daughter didn't have the same reaction. As a newborn it would have surely put her into the hospital.
We have not contacted the company yet; my wife was going to call them to see about returning the remaining product we have, but my next phone call/email is a copy of this review to The Honest Company.
Oh Joe, I'm so sorry to hear how badly this has effected you, and I am glad your daughter did not have a similar reaction.
I hope you are beginning to feel better now that you've switched detergents.
I hope you enjoy this gift, and stop by again soon!
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