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Need a Bar Soap for Sensitive Skin

Started 1349857576.967 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1349953191.563 by cottonball

My skin is so sensitive that Dove soap for sensitive skin is no longer mild enough. I tried Basic, as well. Anyone have suggestions for a bar soap for me? TIA

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m2p1349858683.9301 PostsRegistered 6/23/2010
Try Cetaphil. They make a liquid and bar soaps. Works for my sensitive skin.

JeanLouise­Finch1349862074.0512960 PostsRegistered 10/3/2011

Purpose is available the same way. I prefer the liquid, but my sister recently purchased the bar to use on her sensitive skin, and she likes it.

PBJ1349865667.336822 PostsRegistered 7/10/2007

Have you tried Vanicream Bar Soap? They make a quite a few other products too. Lots of info and ingredient list on their site.

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Vamp1349865762.65313134 PostsRegistered 3/9/2007

Cetaphil is what my dermatologist recommends for sensitive skin.

CindyinNC1349871133.05469 PostsRegistered 10/5/2012

I have a horrible time with finding shampoos. Ended up buying body bar soap and shampoo bars from Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve Company. They last a long long time and if the bars are too big, you can cut them in half.

Nicecupoft­ea1349872222.332480 PostsRegistered 12/28/2008

DH and our granddaughter are both extremely sensitive to soaps. The only one they can use is Caress - the original one. They have brought out some new ones but we stay away from them.

Nafey1349873719.0374028 PostsRegistered 2/21/2007So Cal
On 10/10/2012 PBJ said:

Have you tried Vanicream Bar Soap? They make a quite a few other products too. Lots of info and ingredient list on their site.

I use the Vanicream bar soap and I love it I have very sensitive skin,great product.It is avaliable at most all "Drug" stores I got mine at Walgreens.

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MarLoCat1349875356.7632917 PostsRegistered 9/30/2012

Agree with Vanicream & Cetaphil. Also, Toms of Maine, Conti & Skin Free

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Poppet11349877790.872509 PostsRegistered 3/16/2009

IVORY, very gentle. My children use this everyday for their baths.

silkyk1349883595.5231483 PostsRegistered 11/17/2004

You might like the Grisi brand of natural soaps. My fave is the Olive Oil one but they have a large assortment of gentle soaps including Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Seaweed and Donkey's Milk. Check them out on Amazon. Good stuff!

zuzubailey1349884098.0892 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Cetaphil has been a godsend at my house. It's pretty inexpensive and can be found everywhere including Walmart. But all the responses sound good.

Uglybuster1349884303.94729 PostsRegistered 6/25/2010Chicago

Castile soap is very gentle (Olive Oil). I recently discovered an all natural soap site : walkersnatural.com . Nice people too, concientious and fast delivery!

light / medium... graying hair, 52 yr old, dry skin.

Brandiwine1349884618.2572734 PostsRegistered 11/9/2006Colorado

I've had great luck with Dove Sensitive. Castile drys me out. Good luck

doggy-lover1349886337.8931130 PostsRegistered 11/4/2011Texas

Clinique bar soap for EXTRA SENSITIVE - I"ve used this and LOVED IT.

49 yrs old
brunette- thick hair
combo skin
medium skin color

LovemyBE1349888412.7225588 PostsRegistered 7/11/2008

Try Johnson's baby soap.

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PlumPaisley1349890763.137296 PostsRegistered 5/22/2008

My dermatologist recommends the Vanicream.

StarChild1349895135.2771928 PostsRegistered 4/26/2008NYC
On 10/10/2012 CindyinNC said:

I have a horrible time with finding shampoos. Ended up buying body bar soap and shampoo bars from Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve Company. They last a long long time and if the bars are too big, you can cut them in half.

Thanks for the info. I've been using shampoo bars from JR Liggett but it's nice to know of another option.

ETA: I went over there to look at their products and they sound so delicious I want to eat them {#emotions_dlg.lol}

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maestra1349904250.5138813 PostsRegistered 3/13/2008

Original Neutrogena or Clinique have been my choices in the past.

pommom1349904782.3934191 PostsRegistered 9/19/2006

Another vote for Vanicream. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

KatCat11349907295.28318200 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

I would ask my Dermatologist for suggestions and tell her/him what doesn't work.

fortune1349935679.192662 PostsRegistered 8/5/2009

Thanks so much, Beauties!! I've gotten some great tips to follow up on!!!

Palmajo1349937822.0537672 PostsRegistered 10/22/2007

I use Ivory. Dove soap made me break out. Good luck to you!! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

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Crisso1349939364.9473324 PostsRegistered 1/25/2009

Some info you may find interesting:

Letter from someone using beautipedia to Paula B (the author/cosmetic cop). It is long but for those really interested in the bar soap vs liquid/cream/gel water soluable cleansers it is well worth the read. The highlighting is mine.

There is a follow up article on "below the neck cleansing" if you are also interest. Let me know if you want me to post that one.

Dear Paula,
Your reviews are great, and I appreciate how you reference sources to back up your opinions. In your books you consistently disparage bar soaps, saying the ingredients that make them into bars can clog pores, but I've never seen a reference for this. With virtually any other ingredient present in a cleanser, you say "any benefit from this would be washed down the drain before it can do any good." Why wouldn't the ingredients that make soap into a bar wash away, too? I've used Irish Spring, body and face, for 25+ years, and never noticed any "clogs." Body washes, even ones that say "clean-rinsing," leave me feeling slimy. And non-deodorant soaps, by the end of the day, leave me with (ahem) body odor. So, why do you think deodorant soaps are unnecessary?

Marilyn, via email

Dear Marilyn,
What an insightful question, and I can see why you are confused. In essence, there are some ingredients that cling to skin more than others. The ingredients that keep bar soap or bar cleansers in their bar form are only somewhat water-soluble, which is why a soap film can be left behind on your sink or bathtub. Other ingredients--such as vitamins, plant extracts, antioxidants, and other more fragile ingredients (like peptides)--don't like water and are easily broken down by splashing well before they would have a chance to either absorb into skin or have benefit. For example, antibacterial agents in soaps and cleansers can kill bacteria on skin, but they have far less benefit unless you leave them on the skin for a period of time. That's why leave-on hand disinfectants are more effective, and why surgeons scrub their hands for several minutes.

One way to think of it is by comparison to food substances like oil, lard, and butter, which are difficult to rinse away, while other foods are far easier to wash off a plate or your counter top. To some extent, the same concept carries over with skin-care cleansers. In terms of bar cleansers, the issue of receiving skin-care benefits other than cleansing and some deodorizing is clear. I'm not sure why there aren't studies to cite on this, but I assume it's because this concept of cleansing is well understood with no contradictory information to be found. Regarding clogged pores, there is research showing that certain trans-fatty acids (such as the ones found in most bar soaps and bar cleansers) can make matters worse inside a pore (Sources: Experimental Dermatology, 2005, volume 14, pages 143-152; and International Journal of Dermatology, October 2001, page 640). Additionally, a higher pH (over 8) can increase the growth of bacteria in the pore (Sources: Advances in Skin & Wound Care, July-August 2002, pages 176-178; and American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, April 2004, pages 217-223). That you, personally, haven't experienced skin-care problems (clogged pores) is completely understandable because while a problem is likely, that doesn't mean it happens to everyone.

One other point: My main issue with bar soaps and cleansers is not so much that they clog pores (though there is that potential), but that they are extremely drying and irritating. When skin is repeatedly irritated, it is less able to build new collagen and elastin, heal itself or keep its structure intact. This is far more of a concern from the neck up than from the neck down. That's because from the neck down, skin is usually less fragile since it hasn't been as exposed to the environment (meaning the sun) like the face.

By the way, in terms of soaps being drying and irritating for skin and causing problems for barrier repair, preventing dryness, healing, and reducing or eliminating sensitizing reactions, there is a great deal of research. Some of those sources include Skin Research and Technology, February 2005, pages 53-60; Skin and Hair Cleansers, March 9, 2005, www.emedicine.com/derm/topic508.htm; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16-25; Contact Dermatitis, August 2003, pages 91-96; Global Cosmetics, February 2000, pages 46-49; and Cosmetics & Toiletries Magazine, November 2003, page 63.

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fortune1349943814.352662 PostsRegistered 8/5/2009

Criso, thanks so much for taking the time to post that informative info! I would like to read the "below the neck cleansing" article, too. Ever since I got radiation for breast cancer, my skin seems to be REALLY susceptible to everything--rash, fungus, growths etc., etc.

cottonball1349953191.563943 PostsRegistered 8/17/2006

I order my soap from Janice's catalog, a place my doctor recommended. They cater to people with sensitivities, have organic bedding items, clothing, etc. The soap I like is Bocabelli pure castile unscented soap. Here's the link:


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