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Recommendation for Dove Withdrawn Until Further Notice

Until further notice, I must withdraw my recommendation for Dove bar products. (I have never recommended the liquid products.) For general use, and especially for “the washing test” on the solveeczema.org web site, I no longer recommend using Dove or any bar products with the same surfactant formula as Dove’s current unscented Sensitive Skin product, …

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Surprising Observations About Dry Skin

Here’s an interesting email I received from a mom last year: “thanks … since we switched to [soap products] this winter, nobody in my family has had dried, cracked skin (esp. around the knuckles), we’d ALWAYS have this problem, every year, during winter. but not this year, despite some intense soap washing (many kiddie outings, …

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Speculations on eczema and sensitization to allergens

Here’s a really well-done and interesting study: Association between severity of atopic eczema and degree of sensitization to aeroallergens in schoolchildren. (So much great dermatological research coming out of Germany these days.) If you click on the link, a wealth of related research pops up to the right. Conclusion of the above study: “The degree …

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Safe Soap

Speaking of 22-year-old research papers… Here’s one that compared the reactions of patients in different subgroups to eight surfactants and distilled water. [Link][Pubmed Link] Conclusion? “The subgroup of patients with atopic dermatitis reacted more severely than the subgroup of healthy controls with respect to synthetic detergents. The alkaline soaps were tolerated relatively well in this …

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Problem Solving Eczema – The Big Picture

Here’s an edited question and an edited version of an email I wrote in response. It covers a lot of topics I’ve been meaning to post anyway, so I have inserted headers to make it more readable. —A.J. Dear A.J. Just wanted to touch base to see if you had achieved any success in finding …

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