My Body Wash Clogged My Pores!

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chicken skinEven though I used to have bad acne on my face, I really have no problems at all with acne on my body, and can’t say I have ever worried about a body soap or a body moisturizer clogging my pores. I have dry skin, so the main thing I look for in a body wash and moisturizer is that it’s extremely hydrating. Since soap and body lotion is cheap (I buy all drugstore products for my body) I usually try different ones every time to experiment, since I get bored with the same scent after a while.

Keratosis Pilaris
Earlier this summer I was using Dove Cool Moisture Refreshing Body Wash. After about a week, I developed Keratosis Pilaris (KP) on the back of my arms. KP is dry, scratchy bumps, also known as “chicken skin.” I recall having this briefly when I was a kid, but it was never that bad. I was baffled about getting KP out of the blue, and I had it for about a month. Then it dawned on me that the soap could be the problem, since the problem coincided with the use of the soap. Sure enough, I bought a new body wash, and my chicken skin was gone within a week! I don’t know for sure if I had KP, or just a ton of clogged pores, but I do know it was caused by that soap! I cross-referenced my cosmetic acne list, and one of Cool Moisture’s first ingredients is on my pore-clogging list – Soybean Oil.

I haven’t had any problems since then, so this experience could have been a fluke, but if you do suffer from body acne, or chicken skin, it may be a good idea to experiment with different soaps and moisturizers, because they could be making your problem worse. I have noticed a lot of body moisturizers contain ingredients that would clog my face, but on my body they aren’t a problem personally.

Dry body skin
I used to have great skin when I lived in a humid climate and didn’t even use a body moisturizer. Since I now live in the desert, have horribly chlorinated/hard water, and frequent the hot tub, my skin is extremely dry. Even though most body washes and moisturizers have seemingly great, hydrating ingredients, most of them still dry out my skin! My skin feels more dry after taking a shower than before (which shouldn’t be the case)! I now read the ingredients on body washes, and buy a new body wash each time. You would think body wash is all the same, but the main ingredients in most drugstore body washes are totally different! It’s pretty surprising to me.

I think I’ve found a great body wash for dry skin! I’ve probably been through 5 different body washes this year, but the one I’m using now seems like a winner. From Wal-Mart, I picked up Johnson’s Softwash Extra Care 24 Hour Moisturizing Wash. I’ve never seen this at Target, where I usually shop. OMG, my arms are so soft now! No more chicken skin – my arms are as smooth as a baby’s butt! While I still slather on moisturizer, I don’t walk out of the shower feeling super parched! The main ingredients of this body wash are nothing special, which goes with my theory that when it comes to body wash, you need to test it, rather than just read the ingredients. I do notice there aren’t any pore-clogging ingredients in the wash, which is a bonus (or possibly why my skin is so smooth). The only thing I don’t like about the Johnson’s is that the fragrance is sort of unappealing, so I will be going back to Wal-Mart soon to smell the other Johnson Softwash options, and will pick up another scent, if it has the same exact ingredients. Finally, I wrote a similar post to this about underarm cyst treatment.

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9 Responses to “My Body Wash Clogged My Pores!”

  1. Christopher Michael Says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the body wash. I wonder if shampoo can cause it too?

  2. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    Well I wouldn’t use shampoo on my body, so I don’t think it would be a problem. I know some people do use shampoo as a body soap, but I think that’s a bad idea because it will dry your skin out more than regular body wash. It probably wouldn’t clog your pores, but if you are prone to acne, and use something that dries out your skin, that could possibly make the acne worse, since dry skin can make it hard for your pores to stay open.

  3. daphne Says:

    if the usual body washes dry your skin out, try shower oils instead. Aveeno makes a pretty good one.

  4. Bionic Beauty Says:

    WOW! Fantastic post! I’m so glad to know I’m not the only label reader out there. I’ve found that I have to avoid anything with the soybean oil and also the glycerin in the first few ingredients, otherwise my skin ends up all bumpy.

    As for the shampoo comment by Christopher, I’ve found some shampoos can break out my arm skin just from their running down your body while I wash my hair. So now I read labels there too. Geesh.

  5. PJ Says:

    Hello Jeni,

    Thank you for the informative post!

    Regrading the comments by Christopher and Bionic Beauty, sometimes a shampoo can make my forehead a bit itchy after I rinse the shampoo off the hair. As you said, shampoos probably use more cleansing agents and can be potentially more drying than a face/bodywash. So I find that I have to be quite careful not to have shampoo running on my face…

  6. Liz Upton Says:

    KP is a nightmare. I finally managed to get rid of mine this year (after about ten years of trying) with Origins Modern Friction scrub. I’m not 100% sure here, but I think it has some AHA-type ingredients which do the work – with some Cetaphil lotion slapped on top as soon as I’m out of the bath, my arms now look like they did back when I was a kid.

  7. Steph K Says:

    My bf uses Dove and has the karatosis thing. I told him about it, and so he stopped using it and now the bumps are going away on his arms! However, now they are worse on his legs so who knows.

  8. sarahPUFFY Says:

    you should try neutrogena’s body scrub. its my favourite, because it got rid of the breakouts on my chest and back – something I had always been self conscious about. I stopped using it for a while [I couldn’t find the spare bottle I bought], and my body acne came back. they also have a wash you can use if you aren’t fond of the scrub formula. I’m not aware of what’s in there that could bring about an allergic reaction, but as a girl with chronically dry skin, this is pretty good for me, and doesn’t dry out my skin.

    good luck in your hunt!

  9. cindy Says:

    I just recently put a disk out in my neck and have been taking hot hot showers. Well my neck and face and back just started to break out horribly. I didn’t know what was going on. My doctor said that I had irritated the follicle in my skin and was causing the pores to open and then get clogged. He advised to take warm to cool showers and not use any soap and you would not belive the difference. Try it!

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