The Never Ending Skin War….


My kids tend to have a slew of issues with their skin, as does my husband.  Mine is sensitive as well.  When my husband and I were dating, he had mentioned that he breaks out in these little red dots if he uses the wrong detergent.  So he explained to me how he would find a detergent and fabric softener combo that would work for a while, and then they would come back and he would have to find something else.

Over the years, we have gotten used to lots of things.  Then, when we had the kids, we noticed the same thing, even with us using the specially formulated baby detergent.  So, we had to play the game all over again.

Unfortunately, no one has ever been able to pinpoint what causes these little rashes, usually localized to their upper arms.  So, we just deal with it the best we can.

You can imagine how elated I was when we had finally come across a combination of things that worked.  And it was something we have been successfully using for the last few years…. YEARS!!  And just when I let myself start thinking, “wow, I think we have finally figured this out”….BOOM!  The rashes were back.

So, we went back to scouring the supermarkets and health food stores to try to see what we could come up with.  When I say that we have tried everything, I literally mean everything…..we have made our own, used vinegar, used essential oils, used commercial products…. and every combination of those things.  And we spent days looking for something new, all the while the laundry kept piling up.

That’s when I had decided I had enough guessing and called my naturopath. He knows our history and everything that we have tried.  I asked him to recommend something new for us to try. That is when he mentioned All Free and Clear.  He asked us if we had ever tried it, and I was surprised when I checked our list (yes I keep a list) and found that we hadn’t. So, we went out to get some and while we were at the store, also came across Downey Free and Sensitive Fabric Softener.  We bought that as well, since we had not tried that one either.  Imagine, both these things right under our noses and how stupid we felt that we had never noticed them!

We began using them just a bit ago and so far so good (knock on wood for me though, would ya?)! I am hoping that for now, we at least have this at bay.

If anyone else has had any experiences with this, I would love for you to share them with me!

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Posted on May 11, 2013, in Skin Sensitivities and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Janet Rörschåch

    Heading out and buying some All Free and Clear. I just thought I was doomed…

  2. I am going to add your suggestion to my list to try. Myself and my girls are very sensitive to detergent and scents. For the washer we use Tide free and gentle detergent which states it is Dermatologist Tested and for the dryer Bounce free and sensitive it too is Dermatologist Tested. Thank goodness both are scent free!! Just thought I would share in case you ever need to make a change again.

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