Can your soap help with my eczema, acne, dryness, or sensitivity?
As a soapmaker, I frequently got asked whether my soap will help with various skin conditions. Some common ones are eczema, acne, psoriasis, sensitive skin, and dryness in general.
The truth is, I don’t know. Everyone is different and skin issues are often related to much more than what you put on your skin.
Skin is our largest organ
What I do know is that skin is our largest organ, and it readily absorbs what we put on it (see Dermal Absorption here). I encourage everyone, and especially those with skin concerns, to pay attention to their personal care products and read the ingredient list. Some of the ingredients to avoid are BHA, Fragrance, Parabens, PEGs/Ceteareth/Polyethylene compounds, and Triclosan & Triclocarban.
Our skin also reflects our internal well being.
More importantly, in many cases, skin is our body’s way to tell us how we are doing. If you believe in treating the root causes rather than the symptoms, then diet and life style play a major role in addressing skin conditions. Skin care is more about what you put in your body than what you put on it. Start with healthy diet and lifestyle such as eating fresh whole food, getting good quality sleep, and reducing stress. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
While improving your diet and lifestyle in general will take time, if your skin condition is caused by sensitivity to certain chemicals, you will see improvement to your skin almost overnight by eliminating the offending products. Be very conscious about products that come into contact with you.
Be bold. Eliminate as many products as you can, even for just a few days. That includes personal care products (such as lotion, soap, shampoo, makeup, and perfume), as well as household products such as detergent, air freshers, and household cleaners. Pay very close attention to how your skin respond to the simpler routine. Then, slowly reintroduce products, one at a time. In some cases, you may decide you don’t need a product after all.
Can handmade soap help with dry skin?
Handmade soap contains naturally occurring glycerin, a humectant that attracts and retains moisture. Many commercial soaps have glycerin removed to make for harder bars. This is why soap got the reputation for being drying. The removed glycerin is then used to make cream, lotion, and potion. Are you seeing the irony?
In addition, “beauty bars” and liquid cleansers are detergent made with surfactants.
Quality handmade soap does not contain any of the harmful synthetic chemicals, so there is one less offender for disrupting your skin’s natural balance. Look for natural skin care products made with quality ingredients to compliment your healthy life style.
Just like buying packaged food - read the ingredients list.
In many cases, the only way to tell if a product will work for you is to try it. That’s why at Pep Soap we provide samples for our stockists to share. The next time you visit one of these fine retailers, look for Pep Soap and ask for a sample to try.
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