bar soap for dry sensitive skin

  1. Hi, good morning.

    I have very dry, sensitive skin -- Especially in the winter. I'm allergic to perfumes. I don't really like using shower gels and prefer using a bar of soap when I'm in the shower. I've tried oil of olay soap. dove, dove sensitive, goat's milk, cetaphil, aveeno for sensitive skin..... Call it a lifelong quest. Detergant soaps dry me out, so does ivory.

    Anybody have any advice.
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  3. by   JentheRN05
    Have you tried homemade soap? Like with goats milk and all natural? I make my own soap (as well as numerous other things) I have found that goats milk soap, with shea butter in it works wonders for dry skin! Try that if you can find some.
  4. by   rehab nurse
    is there a reason you have to use bar soap? or just your preference?

    i , too, have very sensitive skin. i am stawberry blonde with very, very fair skin. i know how hard it is to find soap that doesn't rip my skin off!

    i live in the midwest with harsh winters, when my skin is even more dry. (don't get me started on my face, my face is very oily/dry and breaks out alot! i'm almost 30 and have the skin of a teenager!!). i also have eczema on my arms all year round. in the winter, i also have room humidifiers in the main rooms just because it's so dry in my condo. i want to install a humidifier right on my central air/heat, but am broke right now.

    if you can use body wash, i like dove's "deep mositure" or something. i found what also helps is to soak in warm water with Aveeno's "shower and bath oil" added (it's very slippery on the tub...be careful!!). that really helps. you can also use the oil in the shower, but it works better if you can soak in it.

    i used a brand of soap last winter that was pure and homemade, i believe it had goat's milk in it. it worked great. it was not too expensive, but moreso than buying a bar from the store. i used it for a few months (and i was getting ready to find it again online) and if you're interested, PM me and i'll get you the name.

    the best bar soap i've used from a store is dove's nutrium.

    good luck!! i know what you're going through!!
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I like oatmeal products. There are soaps/cleanup gels that have oatmeal bases that work great. One is made by Gerber, I think. (yes the baby company).

    My kids and dh have eczema so we have to be very careful---this has taken my whole skin care regimen to a new level as eczema is hard to control and live with. Another thing you may consider: I have learned to rinse clothes twice in my washer to remove all soap residues. I have also got an excellent cream by Neoteric that works great on dry skin and for people who suffer eczema. It is odorless and non-greasy and is recommended for diabetic feet, it's that good.

    Also, if at all possible, limit showering/bathing to just when you must clean up, and use no hotter than lukewarm water. I only soap up certain parts of my body when I clean up-----rarely do my legs and arms, for example, need a thorough cleanup. Just stick to "strategic parts" when cleaning up. No body "puffs" for cleanup either---they just irritate skin all the more.

    I also have found moisturing my skin while it is damp really cuts down on winter dryness and misery. I also load up on vitamins/minerals in wintertime----specifically vit E and A.

    Good luck and take care of that skin.
  6. by   missninaRN
    I use Olive and Aloe soap from Kiss My Face. It's a gentle multi-purpose soap for bathing, facial cleansing, etc.
    http://www.kissmyface.com/Product/Ki...aps/0100802EA/
    I also like Origin's Cream Bar for washing my face.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    No body "puffs" for cleanup either---they just irritate skin all the more.

    They have also have been proven to harbor germs, since the center of the pour where it is tied together rarely gets a chance to completely dry out. Plus people hold onto them for a long time or never throw them in the washer.
  8. by   adrienurse
    Maybe it is mental (well I am mental), but I just never fell clean enough when I use a body wash -- like it leaves a film on me. Has anyone had luck with castille soap? I too am a redhead with almost albino skin.

    I hate winters. It's just so gross, no matter how much body lotion I use after my shower, the white flakes com off when I take my clothes off at the end of the day.
  9. by   rehab nurse
    i finally found my wrapper from my soap!!!

    it's made from castle rock soaps.

    they have castile soaps; baby soap; almond, vanilla, goat's milk. i used the almond&honey one last year and the baby one, they both worked nicely.
    their stuff is organic and it lasted a long time for me.

    i hope you find some relief! looks like we have similar skin. my friends liked to call me casper when i was in school! my skin is very very pale...

    if your skin is so flaky like that, i would try that soaking in lukewarm bath for a few minutes with that aveeno oil. if you follow the directions, your skin is not greasy or oily when you get out. that's why i hate using lotion, after so much, it kind of gets gunked up on your skin! gross! i hate winters too!
    Last edit by rehab nurse on Oct 23, '06
  10. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from adrienurse
    Hi, good morning.

    I have very dry, sensitive skin -- Especially in the winter. I'm allergic to perfumes. I don't really like using shower gels and prefer using a bar of soap when I'm in the shower. I've tried oil of olay soap. dove, dove sensitive, goat's milk, cetaphil, aveeno for sensitive skin..... Call it a lifelong quest. Detergant soaps dry me out, so does ivory.

    Anybody have any advice.
    Try lukewarm and very short showers and don't use any soap on your arms and legs and trunk-just whatever soap you like on your nooks and crannies....Trader Joe's has some good soaps and they are not too pricey.Also-oil up well while still damp-try baby oil,almond,tea tree-also (TIP OF THE DAY!) Check out the hair products for people of color-I often get oils there that work great for my skin (and they are not expensive) I also stopped using an electric blanket a few years ago-that made a huge difference,too..Increase your fluid intake and try a good multivitamin,too.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Seven Oil smells like pineapples and is available at Sally Beauty Supply.

    Also, i used Extra Light/Light Tasting olive oil on my legs after shaving them in the winter, before going to bed.
  12. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from missnina
    I use Olive and Aloe soap from Kiss My Face. It's a gentle multi-purpose soap for bathing, facial cleansing, etc.
    http://www.kissmyface.com/Product/Ki...aps/0100802EA/
    I also like Origin's Cream Bar for washing my face.
    I second this. I have exceptionally dry skin. Jason's KIS MY FACE olive oil soap has been wonderful.
  13. by   TheCommuter
    Caress Soap always leaves the moisture inside my skin and never dries it out.
  14. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Caress Soap always leaves the moisture inside my skin and never dries it out.
    The smell of that stuff reminds me of my stepmom, she uses that soap all the time.

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