Needing some help finding Salicylate free and dye free products? You can always find Salicylate safe products from Andrea Rose, and salicylate safe dental products from Cleure. Then just skip to the next document: how to find the correct Guaifenesin Dosage. Please note that you will need to get your dental products online, so check my post for the sal-safe options: http://christinescozycorner.ca/toothpaste-toms-of-maine-colgate-and-salf-free-options/
Or want to make your own? Check out my new series on: making your own Salicylate Free products!
I wanted to get started ASAP and get all my products at once, so this is what I did: Pull out and put in a pile ALL your skin products! These are the things to check: inactive and active ingredients in all meds, protein powders, eye drops, pain creams, flavors, Toothpaste, dental floss(mint), mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, perfume, any sprays that touch your skin, hair gels, mousse, etc, body wash, hand soap, bubble bath, dish soap for washing by hands (unless you use gloves), DO, antiperspirant, lotion, sunscreen, face wash, face creams, makeup, makeup remover, Razors (aloe strip), shaving cream, nail polish remover, aloe in toilet paper and tissue and anything else you can think of that goes on your skin! You need all these products without Salicylates in them. They WILL block your Guaifenesin from working.
NOW, you can either go through each ingredient list on each product, or give the whole lot away to a family member and start from scratch. If you want to look through your own products and makeup to see if they are sal free, skip to #6 and then come back to #1. This will look overwhelming, but you can do it!!
(I know some people who replaced everything one at a time. ie: as you use up the shampoo, you check it and get a new sal-free one, etc. I was in a hurry, so I did all mine at once, it was exhausting! )
1. Look through this list to find a few of each category of possible sal-free items (half the time they won’t carry the ONE you want, so make sure to have a few options) http://www.fibrofreerecoverygroup.com/salicylate-free-product-list/
and Kimberly has tons of sal-free options for each category on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kimberlyspeaker/
2. Bring a tablet/ iphone with you so you can look ingredients up while you’re shopping.
Or Copy and paste onto a Word doc the name and ingredients for each item you want and print it to take with you (this is what I did, before iPhones :)), you can also take a pic of the list with your phone and bring the phone to the store 🙂 You can get ingredient lists from http://www.whatsinproducts.com/ and www.drugstore.com. There is also Ulta and Sophora for searching for ingredients.
4. Bring a cart, fill it with the sal-safe options you found in the lists and kindly ask the clerk if there is a chair where you can read through the ingredients of your products. If you explain to them that you have Fibromyalgia, they are usually very kind and even try to help with reading through the ingredients
5. Read through each ingredient of each product with your lists. Here’s a few options:
Use your Quick Check: Look through the list first for the syllables sal, camph, menth. Then look for anything that looks like it might be a plant ingredient, etc.
Or use this sal-free database if you have your phone with you, type in all the ingredients and it will tell you if there’s a salicylate in there: http://www.fibromyalgie-guaifenesin.info/en/salsearch/
Or, use the Salicylate Free Ingredient List and check ingredients on there.
Or compare what is in your hand with the ingredient list you brought.
Or, if they have a good return policy, just buy a bunch that look like they could be sal free and go through the above steps at home, and then return the ones you can’t have! 😀
This will all start to be very natural for you too, I promise! It just takes some time. It really helped me understand what the ingredients were when I went through them that way, now I recognize most ingredient names and what they are without even needing my quick check. 🙂
Click this link to see complete list of: FAQ about the Guaifenesin Protocol and Salicylates