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Last updated on March 6th, 2018
Before we talk about Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients, let me tell you something. When I started writing this blog, it suddenly hit me.
I knew that whatever we put on our skin gets absorbed into our body. I thought, “What if I get a conventional medicine MD (who is not focused on the environmental causes of illness) to confirm that.
We found an internal medicine practitioner. He confirmed this principle. Whatever we put on our skin bypassed the digestive system, and those chemicals can be absorbed directly into your tissues and organs.
If a chemical reaches our blood, it would potentially be metabolized and/or filtered out by the liver and kidneys. However, how well that works, would depend on the person, the chemical, and the amount of the chemical involved.
Since then I’ve tried my best not to put anything on my skin or my baby’s skin that I would not eat. And we eat 100% organic, at least at home.
There is another reason why I am so passionate about putting pressure on the baby wipes manufacturers to produce safer baby wipes. One of the biggest problems is that synthetic surfactants and preservatives in baby wipes can irritate babies’ skin, sometimes even painfully. Babies can’t talk and when they hurt, they can’t tell us.
However, there is good news! When I first started reviewing baby wipes, many baby wipes contained formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. My heart ached to hear from parents about their babies’ painful skin rashes.
Luckily, many manufacturers have taken out formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and replaced them with phenoxyethanol, which was a big improvement. In this year’s review, I noticed that the trend is replacing phenoxyethanol, which appears to be even more good news. But our job is not done yet. We can demand even safer baby wipes!
With this introduction, let’s talk about the Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients in 2018.
Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients are advertised as being safe for even the most sensitive skin. So without further ado, let’s look at the actual ingredients and see for ourselves if they are suitable for a baby’s sensitive skin.
By the way, the Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients are not available on the Pampers website. You have to make a phone call. I call every year when I update my Baby Wipes Rating List.
List of Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients
Water, Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Sorbitan Caprylate, Polypropylene, Rayon
Let me group Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients for better understanding.
Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients with Contamination Concerns
The following ingredients may not be harmful in and of themselves, but if the manufacturer of the ingredient does not use the vacuum-cleaning process, they can become contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is considered a carcinogen by some. Therefore, it is best to avoid the following ingredients if possible because the only way to be certain they have not become contaminated during the manufacturing process would be to send the wipes you just bought to a testing laboratory, after which they would obviously not be usable as wipes (even if you could afford to pay to have them tested). Obviously, this is not practical, so in my opinion, I would recommend you avoid them altogether.
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone
The word “PEG” with a number associated with it is an indication that the ingredient may be contaminated with the carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane because these synthetic ingredients were produced with ethylene oxide. The by-product of this chemical reaction is 1,4-dioxane.
Even if the Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients do not contain 1,4-dioxane (P&G states that none of their wipes contain 1,4-dioxane), I am not going to be satisfied. I do not believe that baby products should be made from petroleum derivatives using chemicals that are toxic to the environment and industry workers, such as ethylene oxide. In addition, do we really have to rely on unsustainable crude oil to make baby wipes?
Preservatives in Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients
One of the reasons baby wipes may irritate the delicate skin of a baby is because of preservatives. Unfortunately, all baby wipes have to contain preservatives due to the high content of water in them, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.
The good news is that the preservatives used in Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes have improved this year! It is so great to see consumer pressure at work!
They removed phenoxyethanol, a potential skin allergen!
Now they use Sodium Benzoate, which is a huge improvement. However, in 2017 Sodium Benzoate was added to the American Contact Dermatitis Society Core Allergen Series as one of the allergens. They say that it increases the risk of an allergic reaction if used over 5%. I do not have information as to how much is used in the Pampers baby wipes. So if you see that your baby’s skin is irritated, in my opinion, I would discontinue the use of the wipes immediately.
Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients of Low Concern
Citric Acid and Sodium Citrate: Only a small amount of it is used to regulate the pH of baby wipes so I do not think there is a skin irritation concern here. However, most citric acid/sodium citrate used on the market is derived from GMO corn and I do not have any information as to how the citric acid in Pampers wipes is derived.
Sorbitan Caprylate: is a relatively new chemical and there is not much information on it yet. By the way, if you use the Skin Deep database for your product research, make sure to pay attention to data availability. Here are some helpful tips on how to use the Skin Deep database effectively.
Disodium EDTA: while this chemical is safe, it increases skin absorption though, which means that if there are any contaminants that we talked about earlier, their absorption will be increased.
Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Fabric
The fabric is made of the following material: Polypropylene and Rayon.
Polypropylene means plastic with recycle code 5. While it is one of the safest types of plastic, I am still not a big fan of it. First, it is not biodegradable. Second, recent studies have shown that almost all plastic may contain estrogen-mimicking chemicals.
Rayon is made from wood pulp. The process of conversion of the material from wood to the fabric may involve solvents that may be potentially toxic to the environment.
Conclusion About Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients
While there are good improvements in the formulation of Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients, I can’t recommend them mainly due to the risk of carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane contamination and the risk of skin irritation. In my 2018 Baby Wipes Rating List, there are 35 other wipes rated so you might check it out so you can choose the safest baby wipes for your baby.
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