Updated: Mar 4, 2021
I’ve had allergies and eczema all my life. Due to past events and mold exposure, my body has gone into overdrive! While I’ve always been sensitive, I have developed new fears being around others and leaving the house. From hairsprays, perfumes, strong lingering detergents, natural essential oils, to the obvious items like candles. Around six years ago, I was able to handle SOME candle scents, but now I can’t tolerate ANY, or I become very asthmatic. Plug-ins are by far the worst. It’s a blessing and a curse, and in a way, I’m glad my body rejects anything foreign. It happens fast and furious, which is quite alarming but at least I know my triggers and when to remove myself.
I have MANY unpopular thoughts about certain items and stores being banned, as I think EVERYONE can benefit from living a cleaner lifestyle, from what we ingest on a daily basis, even for the asymptomatic.
It can be extremely TRICKY living as a sensitive individual in today’s ultra care-free society, filled with toxins, chemicals, and fragrances galore!
I gasp every time I watch a Gain commercial.
When I hear the words “it smells like clean” I get chills down my spine. Clean doesn’t exactly smell like lavender...
Chemical sensitivities are absolutely real, and at times are VERY hard to deal with. I realize that not everyone can relate, but many people do suffer from sensitive skin, allergies/eczema, or have children who suffer.
I have listed products below that have worked for me. My eczema is basically non-existent at the moment due to environmental changes, diet, and products I use daily. It’s a team effort!
I am not perfect, but these are my CRAZY sensitive skin staples:
* Cetaphil Gentle Soap Cleanser: for face and body. It’s the only soap I can handle with zero fragrance, and dermatologist recommended. It’s a liquid consistency which is great. When my eczema was incredibly bad one summer, my dermatologist told me to leave it on my skin to let it soak, or wipe it with a towel. It doesn’t have to be washed away with water, especially when the skin needs moisture.
* Cortisone 10 Anti-Itch creme, Maximum Strength, Intensive Healing Formula: I use this on my hands and eyelids (above and below) immediately after showering. My eyelids will get super puffy and irritated if I go a day without it. Even when my eczema is clear, I still use this daily! Prevention is key!
* First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: I use this mainly as a face moisturizer, but can be used for the face and body. It’s a thicker consistency which I love and is super hydrating with again zero fragrance. Although wonderfully creamy, it dries within minutes. I use it as a base for makeup. They do have a separate moisturizer for the face; however, it’s a bit sticky but may be a good option if you need something light.
(Dermatologist tested, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, vegan, and made for sensitive skin)
* Seventh Generation All Purpose Free & Clear Cleaner: can be used on many surfaces, even glass. Zero fragrance, no harsh chemicals, free of dyes, phosphates, and acids. It’s the only thing I feel safe cleaning with.
* All free clear laundry detergent: not all free and clear detergents are created equal. This is the only one that doesn’t irritate me. I’ve tried the Tide Free & Gentle, and it simply wasn’t the same. I’ve heard from others the same as well. If you are unsure, start with this one and then try a few to be sure! Find what works for you, but this has been my savior over the years.
(Unscented, removes allergens, #1 recommended detergent brand by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians for sensitive skin)
Please stay clear of dryer sheets and fabric softeners.
* Silicone bandages and band-aids: I have the CVS brand. They are hypoallergenic, easy to remove, and latex-free.
If you have any recommendations let me know. These are what have worked for me over the years, and I am happy with the results.
We are all created differently, but we are all created with love. Less is more. While living with sensitivities isn’t easy, it can be done! Please don’t be discouraged. Fight for your health. Every product matters. Also, be considerate if a loved one has allergies and different needs. Making the whole household allergen friendly is crucial.
While supplying your house with new goodies, it’s also important to focus on your health on the inside. Eat clean, add more anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables to your diet, and invest in a quality probiotic. Your skin is an outward reflection of what’s going on internally.
It’s also a good idea to see an allergist for further testing and/or a dermatologist!
Seek as much control over your body as you can. While we can’t always control our surroundings, we can do our part to live a little better each day.
Do research, find your staples, and stick with them!