I've been using this cream in a tube for about a week. I'm using it on my face and chest (to start with) for Seborrheic Keratoses (SK). I've decided to try a home remedy instead of getting them burned or scraped off by a derm which can cause serious long-lasting/permanent hyperpigmentation and I've got a lot of them (derm would be too expensive). Anyway, I read that 35% or higher glycolic acid, 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide or lactic acid might get rid of them. The lactic acid (cheapest and easily obtained at ds) seemed like a good starting place. This might not be a strong enough lactic acid (at 12%) but I'm trying it anyway. I can only use this at night because I have a habit of touching my eyes and this stuff burns my eyes a lot. LOL Anyway, I haven't broken out from using it (skin is quite smooth and soft). The only cons (so far) is that my normally oily t-zone is a bit more oily but I'm going to stick with it and see if I can get some results and the ammonia smell which goes away fairly quickly. Maybe I'll stop putting it on my t-zone since I don't have any SK in that area just some hyperpigmentation. If this doesn't work, I'll try one of the other methods. I'll update in future.
I bought this based on recommendations here on MUA. This review if for my son (16 yo) who has eczema prone/dry skin. Although it's a bit expensive ($16), I don't mind buying it for him. He's very picky and it's hard to get him to use products he doesn't like. He absolutely loves this cream. I never have to remind him to put lotion on. He rubs it all over his body (except face) and a little bit goes a long way. Keeps him moisturized all day long. No body breakouts and rubs in well. He was getting low on his lotion and even reminded me to buy him some more (which is unusual for him). He doesn't mind that it's in a tub since he's the only one using it (he's very picky/germaphobic). Definite HG for him. I highly recommend anyone with dry skin issues to give it a try.
Shampoo -Garden of Wisdom - SLS/SLES Free Shampoo Base
Ceci2468 3/10/2010 4:37:00 PM
I absolutely love this shampoo. You can use it alone or use it like I do as a base for additional products. I use this to make my own shampoo (I have seborrheic dermatitis) and it's working out great. I posted my recipe on my notepad. This has a mild scent, lathers very well. Doesn't strip or dry out hair. I love being able to customize my shampoo. No more itchy, flaky scalp. * Even if you do not add anything additional to this shampoo base, I highly recommend if you are looking for a good SLS/SLES free shampoo. It's very reasonably priced (I've done a google search) at $5.80 for 8 ounces.
I bought a bottle of this shampoo at Dermstore.com for about $12 (10% off if you add it to you favorites and free shipping). I like the bottle the shampoo comes in. It only requires one hand to press the top open (no screwing off caps). The shampoo is a creamy peach color. Not too runny and smells pleasant. With all that said, it doesn't quite work as well as other products I've tried. I bought it for seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp. I guess I don't respond too well to pyrithione zinc which is the active ingredient. It shampoos well but doesn't keep away the itchiness caused by SD. Well, to clarify, it doesn't keep the itchiness away as long as other products I use (I only wash my hair twice a week). I respond better to sulfur products (I make my own, see my notepad for recipes) but wanted some rotation products. I also use Everclean dandruff shampoo from Home Health and that works better (active ingredient is salicylic acid). I would not repurchase this because it doesn't work for me but it's definitely worth a try especially if you wash your hair more often than twice a week. Pyrithione zinc works well for many with SD and this is 2%.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Sodium Sulfacetamide 10% and Sulfur 5% Wash
Ceci2468 3/10/2010 2:30:00 PM
I highly recommend this for seborrheic dermatitis and acne (esp cystic acne). I used to use this (when I had insurance) and it was very effective. You only need a very small amount and leave on skin at least 20 seconds. I don't wear makeup but if I did, I'd remove makeup first and then use this. I had a huge bottle (about 32 ounces) and it lasted me over 2 years, using it everyday (sometimes twice a day). Kept my SD and acne issues away. Expensive without insurance but if you have insurance, it's definitely worth a try. Now, I make my own sulfur products (see my notepad), including my own sulfur shampoo which is working great. I will post my recipe soon. :)
Skincare - Body -Coastal Scents - Unrefined Shea Butter
Ceci2468 3/1/2010 9:19:00 PM
Although I find this unrefined shea butter moisturizing and long-lasting (moisturizes me all day), it is a little hard to apply. Previously I bought unrefined shea butter from agbangakarite.com (see my review) and decided to try Coastal Scents because I had heard good things about it and it was cheaper. When I say it's hard to apply, I mean that it doesn't glide easily on the skin (even after softening between hands) and that makes it harder to spread. I even whipped it up with some jojoba oil and aloe vera gel and the slip that I'm used to with the shea butter from agbangakarite.com just isn't there. Well, with all of that being said, it isn't a bad product. The color (ivory/cream) is right, the smell is not too strong (has a slightly smoky/nutty scent). It comes packaged in two plastic ziploc bags. I'd buy this as a 2nd choice (if the one from agbangakarite.com is unavailable).
I tried this and it didn't work for me at all. Maybe I didn't take enough of it. The thing that worked for me (recommended by my doctor) was Benadryl caplets (Tylenol PM also works). 3 Benadryls and I slept like a baby. Actually it made me sleep a little too well (groggy in the a.m.) but it works great when I don't have to get up early.
First I have to say that my dog is not used to getting her nails clipped. Yes, I'm a bad owner. All of my previous dogs groomed their nails outside on the cement. Anyway, I have to practically lay on my dog to keep her still enough so that I can use this on her. And I feel that the handle is somewhat backwards. Would work better if I were left-handed. Ah well, I will keep trying.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Lily of the Desert - Aloe Vera Gel
Ceci2468 2/6/2010 2:37:00 AM
This review is for the edible one sold in health food stores (that you keep refrigerated). I use this for face masks, face moisturizer or to dampen hair. This stuff is awesome. When I was having a seborrheic dermatiits breakout, I applied about a tbsp of this to my face and the itch stopped right away. It's so soothing. I can't use it as my only moisturizer though but I do use it to dampen my face and then apply my shea butter or jojoba oil. This never feels sticky, just a cool soothing gel. It also works perfect in my clay masks instead of using water. I also use it mixed with neem oil and neem leaf powder as a scalp treatment before washing my hair. Very versatile. I highly recommend. If you buy it and don't like it topically, you can always drink it. :)
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - De La Cruz 10% Sulfur Ointment
Ceci2468 1/21/2010 9:17:00 PM
I bought this months ago and forgot to review. It worked fairly well but I was a bit weary since the container doesn't say what the ingredients mix of polyethylene glycols are exactly. The texture is a bit off putting. It's creamy but is very thick (heavy) and uncomfortable for me. The smell didn't bother me and I didn't find the smell very strong. I stopped using this after I made my own 10% sulfur lotion (see my notepad for recipe). I like knowing the ingredients and making my own lotion was super easy. * My 15yo son uses this ointment now. He calls it "egg cream" because to him the sulfur smells like eggs. LOL (doesn't smell like eggs to me but he has an extremely heightened sense of smell). He says it's the only thing that is working to keep his skin acne free. He only uses it overnight because of the smell. * If you can handle the texture and smell (and don't want to make your own), I say it's definitely worth a try. It's dirt cheap (about $4) and a little goes a long way. Might be hard to find (I found it at a Walgreens after trying 6 or 7 other places). You can also get it at the Walgreens website.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Home Health Everclean Antidandruff Shampoo
Ceci2468 1/11/2010 2:56:00 PM
I have seborrheic dermatitis and this shampoo works well for this. I picked this up for less than $8 at Vitamin Shoppe. It contains a lot of natural extracts. Lathers well and cleans great. The only con is the smell. I guess the scent is the natural pine tar which smells like smoke or a campfire. Reminds me of liquid smoke used for cooking. And the smell lingers. But I use a fragrant conditioner afterwards and it's not so bad. Even if the smell lingered, I'd probably still use it since it works. I have to say that I haven't used it alone. I'm treating my scalp with a mix of neem leaf and aloe vera which I leave on my scalp for about 2 hours before washing with the shampoo. So far, so good. I would recommend trying this if you have dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis. It's a little drying on the hair, so conditioner afterwards is a must.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Olivella - Face and Body Soap (bar)
Ceci2468 1/1/2010 7:37:00 PM
This is a very large bar of soap (5.29 oz). Picked it up for $2.79 at Bed Bath and Beyond. The bar has a slick feel but it's not slimy. Very moisturizing and has a mild scent. I use this on my acne-prone/oily t-zone face and have had no breakout. The ingredients are very simple which I like. I keep the bar out of direct water because it feels like it would probably melt. I haven't tried it on my body yet but I'm sure it will be great for the body...especially since it is so moisturizing (no need to moisturize afterwards). I would definitely buy this again and highly recommend giving this a try. :)
Gels/Soaps -Giovanni - D:Tox System Purifying Body bar
Ceci2468 1/1/2010 7:05:00 PM
This is a huge bar of soap. It's very hard and long-lasting. Smells awesome, a sweet fragrance (not overly sweet) and it's unisex. Wish they'd make a perfume. :) The soap is black and lathers gray but it's not messy in the tub. Lathers nicely with a loofah and cleans very well. I like to soap up all over and leave it on for a minute or so before rinsing. It's not a moisturizing bar but it doesn't dry out my skin. I haven't used it on my face, just my body. Bought the soap on iherb.com which delivered pretty quickly. I highly recommend both the soap and iherb. :)
Treatments -Aubrey Organics - rosa mosqueta rose hip seed oil
Ceci2468 12/24/2009 4:50:00 AM
I have seborrheic dermatitis on my face and scalp. This works very well for both. I mix some into my homemade shampoo. I take the rollerball off and pour a few drops into the shampoo and it's very moisturizing. I also use it as a spot treatment on my face when I have a SD breakout (severe flakiness and itching). It sinks into my skin well and doesn't leave a greasy residue. Significantly reduces the flakiness after just one night. Great product and I highly recommend. The only thing is it is quite expensive for the amount you get so I would probably try to get rose hip seed oil from a different company. * Definitely worth a try for dry or/and flaky skin. :)
It goes on well. Exfoliated and didn't scratch my skin. My face was clean, smooth and soft. Moisturizes well, no dry tight skin. However, the next day my face protested. I can't use coconut oil on my face (aggravates my seborrheic dermatitis). I thought the coconut oil wasn't going to be an issue since it's lower on the ingredients list and since I was washing it off. It has taken me a week to get my seborrheic dermatitis to calm down. I had seriously itchy drying skin under my eye, creases of my nose, the skin off of the corners of my mouth and under my lip (above chin). I can still feel a texture difference but the dry flakiness is finally gone. I guess I'll use the remainder as a body scrub. * It's defnitely not a bad scrub. If you do not have seborrheic dermatitis and want a decent organic face scrub, I highly recommend this. I bought mine at Bed Bath and Beyond for about $8 so it's inexpensive. Definitely worth a try. :)