Even 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.
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.