My DD has super sensitive skin. I know she reacts to every single Burt's Bees product I've ever tried. She did not react to my DHC olive oil, but she really doesn't like it (and it's pretty messy). Most stuff has fragrances or (I think) preservatives that make her react.
What have you used for your sensitive youngsters that are just entering puberty and getting some bumps? I am open to commercial products, homemade products, whatever! Right now she is just using water and a very soft washcloth, which seems to work great in all but the most troublesome areas. I think that this will pass in a little while as her body gets used to it (both DH had some very mild acne at the start of puberty, then not so much later, so right now it SEEMS like she's fitting the same pattern) but she is feeling very self conscious and I'd rather let her feel better "trying" different things that won't damage her skin.
Not sure if it will work for you daughter, but worth a try.
Raising Alice in Wonderland (DSD, 17), and in love with a Superman
Hope something helps! Good luck!
Cindy, joyful SAH mama to William & Katherine Forever missing Amelia 7-12-09 Ask me about my natural cesarean!
Good luck to you and to her- that's such a tough time as it is, dealing with skin issues is NO fun!!
What I found that helped was I would use St. Ives Apricot scrub and Oil Of Olay soap (the bar kind...yes, I'm serious) and then a mild moisturizer. My skin cleared up in a matter of days.
I use raw honey), and let sit for twenty or so minutes, then rinse. Also makes skin soft.
Failing that, The Body Shop has a tea tree line that's pretty simple and inexpensive.
You might not like this idea, but this stuff is awesome:
It's a sheer powder that conceals the redness but also heals acne. I LOVE it. It's not really makeup, but I guess it could sort of fall into that category. I use it when I don't wear anything else because it at least covers up the redness and I don't feel so self conscious. I don't mind running errands without makeup, I do hate knowing that I have a small mountain on my chin doing it's best Rudolph impression. This stuff at least makes it less noticeable and works as a topical treatment.
I have very sensitive skin. I dont really break out but instead get huge scaly patches of dry bleeding skin if I am not careful, my oldest dd has the opposite problem and has really sensitive/oily skin, she is prone to break outs if we dont keep an eye on the situation. For the occasional flare up both my dd and I both use witch hazel and for twice weekly maintenance we use Noxzema. I know that sounds pretty harsh but it really is one of the only products I have found that keeps her oil down yet somehow amazingly keeps my skin soft. Beware though the generic brand for Noxzema is NOT the same thing, it has artificial fragrance in it that we are really sensitive to, Noxzema brand name cream does not.
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It works well if I keep up with it. Sometimes, I just wash with honey.
Jenn mama to MonkeySquishy& River(8wks)Wife to Mike See you at the Bridge, Abigael and McKenna
Cetaphil sensitive skin cleanser (unscented)...
followed by Aveeno cream (sensitive skin/unscented, whether from baby section or adult).
The combination has been the only thing that has helped my very sensitive skin. I sure wish I had figured that out as a teen!
Cindy, loving wife of 15 years
homeschooling mama to 4 wonderful girls, and 1 boy! praying for #6, sch, due 4/14/2013!
My ultra-sensitive skinned DD uses Cetaphil. She has reacted to so many other things, even the more natural based products, so we tried this, and it works like a dream for her.
She has very sensitive skin as well. In fact, I have awful super dry sensitive skin with rosacea and the only cleanser I can use is the cetaphil.
Proud mom of three! Special needs teen princess , 7 year old happy girl , and my flower toddler
I have super sensitive skin and she does as well.
She's 11 an athlete and.. um.. growing up fast.. her skin was starting to be bad.. her father has cystic acne. Her redness and bumps are gone, the blackheads are gone... and the large cyst she had by her nose on her cheek is now just a small bump.. where once it was a huge ugly red oily bump.
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i like raw honey washes once or twice a week. i keep a plastic squeeze bottle in the shower. i only use the honey after i have done a deeper cleanse, bc i rub it in and leave it for a few mins.
for moisturizing, i use only jojoba oil. occasioanlly, i'll add some lavender to it. it takes literally one drop to cover my damp face.
for cleansing, i like jason's apricot scrub, they have one that feels like it uses oatmeal for the abrasive and another that feels like ground nutshell. i like the rougher one, but i would say start with the softer one to avoid irritation.
for homemade, i have my own OCM, ummm, method. LOL i mix castor oil and bronners baby mild 50/50. i might drop in a bit of jojoba or lavender now and then. put the CO and soap in a plastic squeeze bottle and shake like mad til it turns thick and creamy. this is great when i start going through a greasy phase, the CO cuts it right down.
i also like scrubbing with white sugar, but scrubbing should be done rarely as it can be very irritating.