No, my son didn't experience itchiness using the De La Cruz ointment. But his face was quite oily and he doesn't wash his face with a cleanser. So maybe the ointment is itchier when the skin is really clean. When I called the representative at dlc labs, he told me not to worry about washing his face, just to put it on over his oily skin. I think I talked to that man about 3 times as he was first trying it out. I wish I had kept a diary so I could recall exactly what happened in the process to get him clear. But I seem to remember that it got a little worse before it got better. I'm thinking maybe 2 weeks of it being a little worse, not a lot. But you must know that my son's skin was really bad at the time - cysts, whiteheads, comedones, you name it.
In addition to the sulfur, he took (and still takes) Rainbow Light Active Teen supplements and about 4-6,000 iu of Vitamin E because he was inside a lot last summer when we went through this ordeal. He has a small amount of dairy, not much though, and has a pretty healthy diet. He loves salads and healthy food, which is helpful.
I'm not sure about the Cuticare soap. Too early to tell. I'm not feeling too hopeful about it though, because the sulfur doesn't stay in contact with the skin as long as a topcial does.
So the man at DLC told you to have your son put the ointment on over his dirty, oily face? That's interesting. My son is used to washing his face twice a day, morning and night. I guess I could have him try the ointment on a dirty face. It would be hard to get used to though. Right now we're both washing with the African black soap, and using the ointment 1x each evening (not sleeping in it). I wonder if that is too harsh. We both noticed that this morning when washing our faces w/the black soap, it burned a little. I'm thinking it's b/c we did the sulfur ointment last night, b/c we didn't experience the burning before I had bought the ointment. do you think it's too much to use both? I wish someone could just tell me what to do That's great that your son loves healthy food, mine does too. He likes most everything, and I can get him to eat pretty much eat anything... even if it's something he doesn't like, he will still eat it if he knows he needs to... with whining/complaining LOL
Ha ha! Your question made me laugh! The man just said it was okay to apply the ointment over an unwaashed face. It wasn't like his face was dirty, just kind of oily. (If you can get your son to wash, lucky you! My son got so discouraged from trying acne soaps and cleansers only to have his acne get worse, that I think he is afraid of them. I still haven't been able to get him to wash his back and neck with the sulfur soap...he "forgets" lol.) All I can think of is that the interaction of sulfur and certain other products may not a good thing, so keeping it simple may yield the best results. Maybe just wash with water before applying the ointment.
Have you read on the web that most black soaps have a high pH of 9 or 10? If you really want to use it, some people follow up with an acidic toner, like diluted Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon. But then again, adding yet another component may not be the best way to go when using sulfur. Maybe you could use the black soap in the morning with an acidic toner and the sulfur at night.
I just started my son on Fish Oil supplements...I wondered how that would go over but I guess he trusts me...he's taking them! Actually, the eye doctor recommended them for dry eyes so i did have some help. I hope he will see some benefit for his skin too.
LOL sorry about the "dirty face" question! I didn't mean literally that his face was dirty, or covered in dirt... to me, an unwashed face is a dirty face. I told my son last night to not wash his face, so he just splashed some warm water on it, patted it dry, then put on the sulfur ointment. I'm trying to be patient, but it's hard. I am so so so so so so soooooo tired of this skin disease. Now I'm starting to wonder if it's a staph or strep infection. Mainly because it's really concentrated around his mouth (mustache area, chin, sides of mouth) Don't get me wrong, he also has lesions on other areas, as well as his back/shoulders/chest. But it just never seems to get better. As soon as I think it's drying up, new lesions appear. So now I'm researching staph infections. ugh
I have not researched much about the black soap pH thing... I've been using it myself twice a day, and I still like it. But I hope I'm not ruining my face. I hear Dr. Oz endorses it, and says it takes a few years off. Not that I put much stock in what he says... :\