Does Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Toothpaste) Cause Skin Allergic Reactions?

I had patch test recently and it shows allergy reaction on my toothpaste. I also notice that the degree of severity relates to ingredient 'sodium lauryl sulphate'. Does sodium lauryl sulphate actually cause contact dermatitis, or just elevating it's reaction? Thanks in advance.

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Allergic contact dermatitis from toothpaste

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There may be many reasons to develop allergic contact dermatitis, including cinnamates which are often in toothpaste. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a detergent and often causes an irritant, not just allergic, contact dermatitis. You may need to use a bland toothpaste, such as a baking soda toothpaste without the ingredients to which you react, to see if your reaction improves.

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