Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Skincare for SD - What I've Tried

I just did a post (and video) talking about my 2 month Gluten/Dairy free experience in regards to my diet change and supplements I added. This is a collective list of all of the skincare products I've tried in the last 3 months. It may seem like a lot, and normally you should give products at least 2 weeks to see if they work for your skin, but I knew within 3 days if these products were working for my SD. I wanted to simplify my skincare routine heavily and use very natural products. 

In order of when I tried them:
Sibu Detox BarSoap (June-late August)
This was the first actual cleansing product I started using for my SD. It did make it better initially, but then gradually started being less effective. However, aside from my SD, it was breaking the rest of my face out.

Oatmeal Powder (Early September)
-I ground oats down to a powder, but it was still too rough and exfoliated my skin too much.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner – ¼ ACV with filtered water
-Even watered down, this was too strong for my SD. I love ACV for my hair routine (LINK), but it did not help my face and really made me break out.

Osmia NutrientSerum – Started 9/17 then stopped
-Plumped the skin at night and made my SD feel like real skin, but I didn't see a difference over the week I used it. Also started getting ‘Pilly’ during the day.

Dirty MadeClean Healing Salve – (Late September)
I thought this really would have been a difference in my SD because of the Sea Buckthorn, Tamanu, etc. It's not that this didn't work, but I did notice my itching started to increase a little bit. I'll still use this sometimes periodically. I LOVE the packaging. 

Dr. Bronner's Peppermint + Tea Tree Castile Soap - (Early November)
-Peppermint and Tea Tree are natural antifungals, so I decided to try them. They are much too harsh for my skin, and the Tea Tree especially made my skin so incredibly itchy. I think my skin is too sensitive for TT. 

-I think this was harboring bacteria and it was much too much exfoliation for my SD on a daily basis. I threw it out recently.

Homemade Jojoba Oil blend with Oregano + Tea Tree 
-I made this blend myself, and I think the addition of the tea tree prevented it from helping my SD. Oregano is supposed to be great for it because of its antifungal properties.

Now, I'm Currently Using;

I went back to using Raw Honey on all parts of my face aside from the SD. I've read that honey has worked amazingly for some people's SD, but for mine is doesn't. When I was using the Sibu Bar Soap, my skin was constantly broken out for months. Honey is the only thing that keeps my acne at bay.

Fage 2% Greek Yogurt – 30 minutes
I read a blog post on how greek yogurt helped his dermatitis and decided to try it out. First time, right after – redness went done a lot. I'm still a little conflicted. It has been very calming on my skin, but I'm confused as to why I can put yogurt on my face but eating dairy makes my SD worse.

Trust Nature Oil for SD - (Early November)
This made a huge difference in the first week I used it, but now I feel it's working less and less. I still highly recommend it. 

Inesscents Jojoba Butter - (Late October)
-Only jojoba oil and shea butter
My skin started getting better immediately when I started using this. Before, I was just using oils to moisturize, including my well loved Sibu Sea Buckthorn Oil. I think my skin really needed moisture.

I still haven't found a miracle product, but I do think my skin largely depends on my diet and what I eat. Do you have sensitive skin? What are your favorite products for eczema or dermatitis?  


  1. Hey Brianna, I'm sorry that you haven't found that miracle product yet. I agree with you on how you think it depends on your diet. Have you tried going completely vegan? Or even maybe, raw vegan, for a while? Maybe try incorporating more raw vegetables into your diet. Plus a probiotic, and digestive enzymes. When I was having some skin problems coming off of ProActiv a few years back, my diet cleared my skin from the inside out. No product that I applied topically helped, really. I hope you can get it under control, I know it's a struggle! Take care xo

    1. Hi Ashley! I'm currently gluten and dairy free, but not vegan. I do eat quite a lot of raw vegetables, but I'm not sure I would go completely vegan. For supplements I take Caprylic Acid and a probiotic every day :) Thanks for your comment!

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