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Old 07-09-2007, 10:51 AM   #1
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Strange Soap Allergy

I believe I have allergy to the soap I'm using, but only if I use it in the shower. I've been using it as a facial soap for weeks and don't seem to have any problem. Yet once I use it in the shower, I'll develop eczema on my body, but then again, it never spreads to my face.

Any thoughts on this...

 
Old 07-09-2007, 03:17 PM   #2
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Re: Strange Soap Allergy

I would tend to say it's something in the shower rather than the soap. Perhaps something in the water line to it...or maybe the shower head needs cleaning....

 
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Re: Strange Soap Allergy

I'm pretty sure it's the soap. I can switch back to laurate-based olay bodywash and the rash will clear up in a few days. I really dislike the slime those bodywashes left behind, and plan to experiment with milder and unscented soaps. Any suggestions?

 
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Re: Strange Soap Allergy

Well, I use unscented soaps anyway...and never use body soap on my face. I have sensitive skin so I use a nonallergenic facial cleanser also.

 
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Re: Strange Soap Allergy

I have extremely sensitive skin, exzyma, and rosecea.. I can only use the original dove soap (coconut acid free kind) non-liquid bar soap or Johnson and Johnson baby body wash products. The other soaps are too basic in nature or have emulsifiers and acids that make me break out in hives all over my body and given long term use cause dry cracked scaly areas in more sensitive skin areas.

It may be the face soap is reacting with something that you use on your body and not your face.. causing a side chemical reaction inducing the exzyma effect. Do you use a different say lotion on your body than on your face? I know I do. There are many side factors.. Look into a contact allergen study so you can identify and avoid your irritants.

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Old 07-10-2007, 09:13 AM   #6
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Re: Strange Soap Allergy

sometimes different areas of skin are more sensitive than others.. maybe the skin on your face is more tollerant than the skin on the rest of your body.. mine is the opposite, I can use stuff on my body that I can't on my face. I can't use anything with perfume on my face or chest, but it doesn't bother my legs or arms..

 
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Re: Strange Soap Allergy

Thanks for all the replies. Dove soaps, at least the ones they currently carry, are not real soaps made from oils, but rather solid forms of detergent body wash. Check out their lists of ingredients and you'll find them strikingly similar to their liquid body wash. I believe the same is true for Olay and J&J. Yes, they are not basic, and I don'y have allergies to them, but I'd like to try my luck with other soaps before I revert back to detergents

The best scenerio is that I'm allergic to some fragrance or additives in that soap, the worst would be that I'm allergic to all natural soaps. I've thought of side reactions too...but given that my facial moisturizer is thicker/greasier than my body lotion, it's also very likely that the soap is just too drying, and my lotion is not up to the job to keep the moisture.

Again, thanks for all the advices

 
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Re: Strange Soap Allergy

I am allergic to soaps, shampoos, laundry soap, and a lot of lotions. I have to use baking soda and vinegar to wash my clothes. All soaps give me a vaginal burn. I have seen some of the best Specialists out there and no one seems to be able to help me.
Even when I find a natural soap that I can finally use, within 6 weeks to 2 months I can no longer use it and am looking for something new.

I seem to be allergic to the Laurate or anything with Lauryth type products.

I have finally found a shampoo at Walgreens call Yes to Carrots. It is working for me right now. My shampoos were even affecting my eyesight. I would get little blisters in my head and blurred vision.

I am still looking for the right soap that I can use. I have spent hundreds of dollars ordering natural soaps that don't last long on me.
Good luck

 
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Re: Strange Soap Allergy

Hi Weezy, I had terrible toiletry allergies. I kept changing them too and within months I would be allergic to that one also. Mine are just about gone now, just about 5% left (still getting treatment). I got LDA shots (low dose allergen) and just got my 6th shot today.

A soap that has always worked for me is olive oil soap from the Middle East. It is a very basic soap. You can buy it at any Middle Eastern grocery. You can wash your hair with it. I was at a point where I used olive oil for a hair conditioner.

You mention the vaginal burn. One of my main problems was a flora imbalance. Mine was mostly in my gut, however. I did have vaginal flora imbalances while I was pregnant, though. Vaginal burning was the main symptom. I guess the hormones during pregnancy pushed me over the edge. I was treated for my flora imbalance by an excellent alternative doc. T

 
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