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7/7/12 11:12 P

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Anyone know of any good mostly natural facial cleansers for acne prone skin? I need something pretty mild b/c it's for my 12 yo son. I don't relish the idea of him using salicylic acid, etc. He's been using Aveeno Baby wash for his skin, but now the acne is coming on faster being summer and all. Please give some ideas!!! Thanks!!!!

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6/2/12 11:04 A

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I just use baking soda as deodorant. Pat a little on damp armpits after a shower, and good to go for the day. Took me a few weeks to figure out the right amount.... but I love it. Keeps all smells away, even through a 2 hour work out. Doesn't keep you dry, but I've come to terms with the idea that my body is meant to sweat. :-)

As an added bonus, I used to find that when regular deodorant failed, and a shirt got smelly, it was done for.... couldn't wash that smell out. But now, there is no oily residue to hold those smells... so on the *very rare* occasion that my baking soda stops working, one wash gets all the smell out (or, if it's mid-day, I just reapply some baking soda, and it neutralizes the smell in the shirt!).

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6/2/12 10:46 A

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I've been taking some of the same detoxing steps as well. Switched to the baking soda and ACV hair clean method about 8 months ago, and I recently started using the oil cleansing method on my face. With that, you have a mixture of mostly olive oil with some castor oil (9:1 to 3:1 is the range), rub in in your face, then steam clean your pores by placing a very hot wet washcloth over your face. Almost feels therapeutic :)

Otherwise I've been researching making my own products (like deodorant) online using natural ingredients. There are tons of blogs and helpful hints out there, you just need to search a bit. I haven't overhauled my makeup yet, but as I only use it 2 or 3 times a year, its not really worth it to me right now to worry about.

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6/1/12 12:09 P

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I started detoxing my closet a few years back, and came across a blog where someone suggested stopping using soap all-together. So I did. As a long-time sufferer of acne, I was skeptical... but the results are fantastic. I rinse my face with cool water twice a day, and then gently scrub it with a dry towel to exfoliate. I have fantastic skin now, with very little need for makeup (ok - I still occasionally use my eyeliner and mascara).

I translated this to the shower a bit later, so now the only things I have in the shower are a baking soda solution (for washing my hair), diluted vinegar (for disinfecting things that I think should be disinfected), and a small bottle of dr. bronners (for the rare occasion I'm mega dirty - like covered in paint). My body gets no regular soap treatment (though I do shower fairly frequently and use a body scrub cloth to exfoliate).

I've been doing it this way for a couple years, with no complaints from anyone that I stink... and my skin is extra soft and smooth (rough elbows gone!).

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7/6/10 11:36 A

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I'm trying to de-tox my beauty stuff too. I have stopped using some products, but haven't found replacements yet. I will check out the natural foods store in Peoria next time I drive up there (no natural foods stores in rural Illinois!).



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5/15/10 4:02 P

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Thanks for the soapmaking book suggestion. I'm going to make that one of my summer projects. and yay for shea butter - the stuff is magical.

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5/5/10 11:48 A

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Here are 2 products I love, both of which I buy at natural food store I'm a member of :
- Jason Body Wash
- Shea Butter

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5/2/10 6:28 P

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I don't use a lot of store-bought cosmetics anymore but I do use Dr. Bronner's Castile soap along with organic cocoa butter (skin) and shea butter, unrefined coconut oil.

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5/2/10 4:55 P

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This is the book I have: http://www.amazon.com/Soapmakers-Companion
-Comprehensive-Techniques-Know-How/dp/
0882669656/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&
qid=1272833411&sr=8-5

The Soapmaker's Companion, by Susan Miller Cavitch
Supplies: I've used this www.thesage.com
But also check here: http://www.annelwatson.com/soapmaking/soap
making_materials_suppliers.html#United
States

Be aware that making soap is something you have to do *very* carefully* (lye is dangerous). But it's a lot of fun.

I'm with you on the sunscreen.... my mom has had a few malignant melanomas removed, and my family is all very pale, so we use a lot of sunscreen.

I'll check out that book--thanks!

Kristine

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5/2/10 3:54 P

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Check out the book Exposed. It lists a huge number of ingredients and any health risks (and whether they are banned in Europe).

I also use handmade soap (and would love to learn to make it myself - any book recommendations?), but I get my fair share of chemicals in my prescription toothpaste and my desire for a daily moisturizer that contains salicylic acid and a sunscreen. Is there such a thing as a natural sunscreen? I'm not willing to wear a hat and long sleeves when I'm hiking - I can't stand being too hot.

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4/30/10 10:32 P

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I know what you mean! I was shocked to learn that companies are producing products with cancer-causing ingredients in the US. These same companies are producing products WITHOUT those ingredients in Europe because the Europeans banned the cancer-causing stuff.

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4/30/10 10:48 A

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I'm working on this bit by bit myself. Some suggestions... my husband and kids use California Baby Shampoo... it's great. (It doesn't quite work for me--I have a *ton* of hair, but I'm going to start looking for another shampoo with the same cleaning agents.) I've switched to scrubbing my face with a bit of plain yogurt mixed with ground up oatmeal. I make my own body butters (and we don't use lotion). I really like Terra Tints for lip products. Burts Bees used to make a few cosmetics, and they were really great, but they don't anymore. Tom's of Maine for toothpaste. I make our soap. Looking forward to hearing other suggestions... :-D

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4/30/10 8:15 A

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I am a very big fan of Aveda products. They are not perfect in terms of ingredients (so I have heard), but I believe the are truly leading the way when it comes to using organics, post-consumer recycled and 100% recyclable packaging, soy based inks, and the like. Check out their website or stop in a store or salon and they are always very helpful about answer your questions, in my experience.

Good luck on your search!

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4/30/10 7:45 A

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I agree! This has got to be one of the most challenging life areas to de-tox. I've used Clinique for over 10 years now and it's worked SO well for me...on the outside anyway...who knows what it might be doing on the inside, right? I hope you get some really helpful suggestions.

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4/30/10 1:17 A

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Trying to de-tox my beauty stuff--boy is that challenging!! Seems like everything has parabens, phytalates and other gross stuff--UREA--come on!

Has anyone used a brand of natural or organic skincare that you just love? I'd rather go off of recommendations than buy blind.

Thanks, all!!

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