Let me tell you, the ingredients are scary. TEA is the first ingredient and that is bad stuff https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triethanolamine#Cosmetics_and_medicine
So I am returning it. Sorry, $42 CAD for a ball of soap the sze of a golfball with a pH of 8 or higher and TEA as the main ingredient is not worth it. I will continue with the ASAP 365 Silver gel, and collodial silver as a "toner" but as far as cleanser goes... back to Dove
I bought some colloidial silver liquid suspension. I found that spraying it on my face helps with hydration and comfort. I tried just wipes and water, then just water but because I wear a lot of sunscreen that wasn't enough. I went back to Cerave foaming, Drying but okay. I've order a trial size bar of Cor Silver soap. My plan is to try all silver, when I get the soap: Cor Silver soap (pH of 6.8) then tone with CS liquid (has a pH of 5) and moisturize with silver gel. I also use a 5% nicinamide gel compounded at the local pharmacy . It's hydrating, light and gets along withh silver (will not oxidze the silver on my skin) I wil update when I get the soap and try this regimine out.
It's been a while since I've updated this blog but I wanted to chart my progress. My problem is not so much acne in the form of pustules, but rather a tendency toward clogged pores and excess keratization. Perhaps some one reading can relate. I have keratosis pilaris and it does affect the lower region of my face as well as my arms, and hips/thighs. Avoiding sugar helps a great deal with keratosis pilaris and as most know, general skin health. Anyway the top layer of my skin gets dry, very dry but in a very microscopic sense. It is not like I have flakes of dry skin but a fine layer of dry skin on my face. Underneath that of course, I have slightly oily, clog prone skin with enlarged pores. My skin is also highly reactive and very sensitive because I have an autoimmune disease. Most chemicals irritate my skin so therefore no matter how gentle the cleanser I am using, I will experience dry skin, irritation and extreme itchiness at times. It doesn't matter if I use a cream cleanser, non-foaming gel cleanser… It does not matter. I got my hands on some MetroGel which is helped slightly but it doesn't help the "layer of dry skin" problem which then eventually leads to tightly clogged pores. then I found some microfiber cloths at the dollarama. These microfiber cloths are for the face and they are extremely effective. I burned my face more than a few times using them. I can't stand chemical exfoliants very well. I have water soluble salicylic acid powder that I mix with water for my own use on occasion, since it seems the least irritating compared to commercial products. Even then, I must not use chemical exfoliants often. Physical exfoliation works better but because my skin is so sensitive it's still quite a gamble however, apparently necessary. WhenI do exfoliate with the microfiber cloth on a regular basis, I have less skin sensitivity. Obviously my skin is somewhat smoother. I still was experience unbearable itciness was I washing my face at the sink. I have tried using micellar water exclusively but wound up wh vry dehydrated skin. I am not ashamed to ask people I meet grocery stores (such as cashiers who have very nice skin or other shoppers on occasion) what they used to cleanse. I usually get two answers: "oh just some...dial or whatever" "nothing" (often tho "nothing" includes baby wipes and water only) Being fed up with the itchiness of my skin I've decided to stop using soap and water (soap being a blanket term understand) more importantly surfactants with water. Micellar water is pretty harsh for me, because they contain small micelles that really irritate my skin so I wasn't going to go in that direction again. I found these pH balanced wipes called organyc. They're not baby wipes, they're for adults. They have an acidic pH and don't require that I rinse off because it's meant for very sensitive areas. That said, for the last two days I have not allowed soap of any kind, be at classic, chemical liquid or sydnet to touch my face. I used the micro fibre cloth and water this morning and just these wipes after I went out wearing sunscreen & a bit of concealer. They contain lactic acid which appears to be beneficial, because more and more in the last two days I've had to wipe my face from dried "grains" sebum that had come out of my pores. My face looks clean and feels soft. I do not know if this is the answer. It's all I've been doing for a couple days, so we shall see. Keep watching this space.
After some time, I faced the fact that Dove is not what it used to be. I find it irritating and drying as well as pore clogging. This really bums me out, I had an emotional thing with Dove Beauty Bar. Anyway, I found that I am fairly reactive to a lot of common things in cleansers. I can't handle cerave stuff, especially the lotion or cream. For me, nicinamide makes my skin very angry. I did some research and found out about a cleanser made by a company called Pharmaceutical Specialties, the makers of Vanicream. This cleanser is called "Free and Clear Liquid Cleanser" and here is the website info: SENSITIVE SKIN FORMULA Dermatologist Recommended. Free of common chemical irritants found in ordinary cleansers such as: – dyes – fragrance – masking fragrance – lanolin – parabens – formaldehyde – formaldehyde releasers Betaine-free Soap-free Sulfate-free Phosphate-free Gluten-free I've been using this cleanser for about two weeks. It does not irritate and it's not really drying. The pH is 5-5.8. I need to find a moisturizer that doesn't clog my pores.
Well, it's been almost a week and dove soap is not what it used to be. I don't know what is changed in the last two years, but I seem to react to it over a very short time. It appears to be very drying and irritating. there's also the issue with the water in my apartment. It's not good, and I need something that's going to combat that. I've settled on Spectro jel because I was informed by a pharmacist (I know, not a dermatologist but somebody with some knowledge of chemistry) that spectro has ingredients that help combat the harshness of hard water and Chelate minerals from the skin. I won't be using the kind for blemish prone skin because I don't have acne. I will using the one for combination skin, in conjunction with the Toleraine fluid and we'll see how that goes.
November 17 2015 The picture on my profile was from last winter. I was using Marcelle's Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel, but you know what made it that clear and even? Avene's High Protection sunscreen...before they changed the formula and removed the zinc. Now it's all titanium dioxide and I don't dig it. I've had some struggles with my late 30's skin. Due in part to food allergies and hormones. For the record I have combination/dry skin with large open pores, Mediterranean heritage. I've been using dove soap for a while now, my skin will not tolerate anything else. For moisturizer I use Cetaphil Daily Moisturizing lotion. The sunscreen I use now is Skin & Lab Fre C PA++++ and sometimes Pond's UV powder over that. I have melasma and I must be diligent. To recap my routine as of November 2015: AM: Dove Sensitive bar Cetaphil Lotion PM: Dove Sensitive bar Alternating nights: Chica Y Chico Beta Salic 2.0 OR 10 % Vit C serum When using the serum I will use Cetaphil moisturizing lotion. I am going to stick to this routine for the next month and see what happens.