the SKINny girl

living with eczema, allergies and other skin issues

Products that Don’t Cause Eczema Flare-Ups

I am a product nut. I love learning about new moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners, cleansers, soaps, lotions, makeup and other cosmetics, bath and body products that were created for people with skin sensitivities and allergies like myself.

There’s always something new on the shelf, but I appreciate a product that isn’t all about the packaging (although I am also a design nut and absolutely love a well-packaged item). I appreciate a product that focuses on a person’s needs rather than the type of cute bottle it needs to be packaged in.

When I read labels, I don’t just skim — I really read labels. I could spend half an hour reading labels in the shampoo aisle. Why do I do this? Because I don’t want to accidentally purchase a product that contains something I’m allergic to.

Here are some items that I use on a daily basis:

shampoo and conditioner

Earth Science fragrance free shampoo and conditioner


EO Everyday Body Lotion for sensitive skin, Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 20 Antioxidant Body Moisturizer, Sarna, Trader Joe's fragrance free deodorant, Cetaphil fragance free Moisturizing Cream, Depth Hand and Body Lotion in Bay Coconut

I use the following products when I do have a flare-up or some irritation:

Doctor's Defense Zen Fusion Cream

Doctor's Defense Zen Fusion Cream

This Fusion Cream really helps when I have itching and irritation. It softens my skin and eliminates redness. My primary care provider told me about it and I bought it once I got home (amazing what one does in times of desperation). Find out more about this cream here. This definitely helps with inflammation, so if you suffer like I do, I suggest trying it out.

Blue Poppy Herbs Eczema Ointment

Blue Poppy Herbs Eczema Ointment

I love the eczema ointment. My acupuncturist gave me a small tub and it has lasted me over two months. It only takes a little bit to get rid of any itchiness I have. It smells really good, too — almost like honey. Learn more about it here.

None of these products have ever given me any sort of irritation, so I’m sticking to them for now. I also started using olive oil-based soaps. I find them less irritating then typical soaps that contain ingredients that make my skin itch.

Desert Essence Castile Liquid Soap

Desert Essence Castile Liquid Soap with Organic Tea Tree Oil

This doesn’t smell like anything you’ll ever find at Bath & Body Works, but it won’t irritate your hands the way a lot of those lotions at that store will. Have you ever read the labels of any lotion? Do you know what you’re rubbing all over your skin? Probably not. Learn more about this great hand soap here. Not familiar with castile soap? Learn more here.

Kiss My Face pure olive oil soap

Kiss My Face pure olive oil soap

I don’t think I ever had a reaction to the body soap I usually use (Dove Sensitive Skin Unscented Beauty Bar), but I wanted to see if it made any difference to change the one thing that I use all over my skin. So far, so good. Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil soap smells good and makes my body feel really soft and smooth.

I love all of these products — they are great for anyone who has sensitive skin, so long as that person is not allergic to any of the ingredients in the product. One lucky reader will win a handful of my favorite products. I will be giving away one Earth Science fragrance free shampoo and one Earth Science fragrance free conditioner, one Blue Poppy Herbs Eczema Ointment and one Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil soap (total retail value of over $20 US dollars).

To enter the giveaway:

  • Leave a comment between Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 and Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 (midnight Pacific time)
  • One entry per reader
  • No anonymous comment will be taken into consideration
  • The giveaway is open to anyone in the world
  • Winner will be randomly picked by me

What products do you use on a daily basis? What works? What doesn’t? Have you come across any products that claim to be natural when in fact they are full of artificial preservatives and chemicals?


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