Today I am focusing on Chemicals in Personal Care Products Part I.

Did you know: “there are 1,328 chemicals in our personal care products that are BANNED in Europe for safety reasons (source found via ShiftCon)?”

It was meant for me to run across this yesterday, as I’ve been dealing with my own “topical” issues.

They say that self-diagnosing is the worst thing we can do, but alas, I have.

Once again, I realized Western medicine failed me.

Let me tell you a story.

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I mentioned the nose rash a couple weeks ago. It came out of nowhere before our trip to Minnesota, and different family members made note that they had never seen my face so broken out.

The truth is that I had seen my face this bad before. I am no stranger to that rash. The only difference now is that I am not going to settle the “Western way.”

I got back to California and grabbed my old medical records (yes, I’m crazy and a few years back, I requested all my medical records from my hometown when I was just a wee-little).

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Here is what I found (as it related to the rashes):

Instance 1

  • Date: January 30, 1997
  • Age: 13
  • “Sarah comes in with a couple weeks or so history of a rash in the skin just lateral to the nares bilaterally. It seems to have started on the right and spread to the left.”
  • Diagnosis: rash fungal vs eczema
  • Treatment:Try some Lotrimin AF cream for about a week. If that doesn’t help then try 1% HC.

Instance 2

  • Date: April 22, 1999
  • Age: 14
  • “Patient is a 14-year-old white female who comes to the clinic with her mom complaining of a rash on her face. She says that it is kind of an itchy rash occasionally and is flaky. It is located mainly on the left nostril region. There is also a small patch inferior to the lower lip on the right side.”
  • Diagnosis: mild form of pyoderma
  • Treatment:Emycin 250 mg 1 tab for two weeks, two times per day then taper to one time per day for another two weeks.

Instance 3

  • Date: September 29, 1999
  • Age: 16
  • Sarah is a 16-year-old girl who presents with complaints of a rash on her chin. She states that she had something similar to this before and used Lotrimin originally and then ended up taking Erythromycin for a suspected pyoderma. This particular rash began approximately 2 weeks ago and is quite itchy. It started out smaller and has been spreading, although it is still confined to the right side of her chin.
  • Diagnosis: tinea versus eczema versus other infection
  • Treatment:We will try Lamisil – 1% cream until clear.”

Instance 4

  • Date: October 6, 1999
  • Age: 16
  • I spoke with her mom, who states that the rash is perhaps getting a little worse. She does not have any other symptoms. I gave the option of Bactroban for a topical antibiotic or erythromycin, which seemed to work well the last time she had this.

And then what?

The medical records for the nose and chin rashes stopped there. When I was 18 and had a full physical, they made note that I began getting mouth sores and the rashes continued, so I started seeing a dermatologist. Unfortunately, I do not have those records, but I can tell you that the rashes never went away – they kept coming back – and they continued getting worse. (My Junior year of college was horrendous.)

Funny how, in every single instance mentioned above, there was something different that was “wrong” with me. In each instance, I was given a new medication.

And let’s be clear: I was always healed temporarily.

No one ever thought to think that maybe, just maybe, food or personal care products or other external miscellaneous chemicals could be the root of the cause.

Instead, they (we) sought out a mask to cover up the symptoms.

There are chemicals – nasty and dangerous chemicals – in our personal care products. I have already made the commitment to get them out of my life – stat. 

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So what is the nose rash?

Tomorrow I’m going to tell you more. I’ll be sharing what my rash is and some likely culprits I’ve already identified and thus banned from my life.

On Thursday, I’m going to show you some of the things I’m currently doing.

I am changing even more because I am so sick of the chemical-laden products and lies we have been and are still spoon fed.

You might call it crazy.

I still call it healing.

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  1. I noticed something there Sarah. May or may not have to do with this but you seemed to have started this rash right around puberty time. Could it have been brought on by hormones or stress? College can be quite stressful as well.
    I DO totally agree with you about the amount of chemicals in our products. I’m reacting to an eye serum that I’ve been using for two years… sigh. It took me about that long to find one that I didn’t react to and now I find I’m looking again for a new product.
    My daughter works in the cosmetic section of my store (Shoppers Drug Mart) and we now have a “beauty boutique” thanks to our huge renovation. All this means is that we will now carry “high end” beauty products. One line that she’s excited about is called Nuxe (from France) which is natural-based. Yes, there is some chemical compounds but that is something you can’t get away from since a preservative needs to be added. She just told me you can check them out at I’ve tried some of the samples and I can quite honestly tell you that I love how my skin feels.

  2. Its scary what is in all the “health and beauty” products. I have been using ONLY coconut oil on my face since the beginning of the year and washing with Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap and have seen huge improvements in my skin!

  3. Gosh this sounds familiar. I had a rash that appeared around my mouth over a year ago and was given two different diagnoses, two different creams, and an antibiotic to try (I opted out of the antibiotic). Nothing worked. Then I discovered a stand at our farmers market selling a raw lotion made up of different oils, mainly hemp oil. I was desperate and paid up. Guess what? The rash was gone in a week and has not come back. I’ve also since eliminated SLS products, after doing some research. I’ve been using locally made soap on my combination skin, but I think I’m going to make the switch to oils.
    And I love what you said about doctors not considering diet/lifestyle, etc when making diagnoses and prescribing treatments. When I think about all I’ve been put through to “diagnose” my gut issues, it makes me sick! I’ve done more to heal myself on my own than 15 years of doctors did for me! Ugh.

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