Archive for the ‘Skin Care’ Category


June 5, 2011 - 4:37 am Comments Off
This type of dermatitis is caused by a true allergy to a particular substance and is detected by patch testing. Various substances are applied to the skin, left on for forty-eight hours, and then checked for reactions. Given that we are exposed to so many different chemicals, contact allergic dermatitis is surprisingly rare. The most common causes are as follows:
Cosmetics contain at least ten substances which can produce allergic reactions. The most common of these is perfume, but preservatives, which are used in all cosmetics (even so-called ‘natural’ cosmetics), are also frequently to blame. The most commonly used preservatives include Dowicill (Quanternium 15), Germall (Imidazoyl urea), Kathon (methylchloro-isothiozalone) and parabens. All cosmetics manufacturers are now required to list the ingredients of their products on the labels so that people can tell which cosmetics they are able to use. With the increased interest in ‘natural’ cosmetics many plant extracts are now being included in cosmetics. Plant extracts such as aloe vera, however, can also cause allergic reactions.
Perfumes contain many chemicals, often numbering thirty or more. These are present not only in actual perfumes, but in most cosmetics and even some medicinal creams. Perfumes are used to mask the chemical smell of cosmetics, thus making them more attractive to consumers. Perfume allergy can produce dermatitis on the eyelids, neck and face. Some cosmetic ranges, such as Almay, Clinique and Innoxa, are not perfumed, and so may be safely used. If you are allergic to perfume it should not be applied directly onto the skin but can be applied to clothing instead.
Hair dyes
Hairdressers are particularly prone to contact allergic dermatitis from hair dye, as are those who have their hair dyed. Hair dye rarely causes dermatitis of the scalp itself, but rather around the scalp margin and on the eyelids. If contact dermatitis develops to a particular hair dye, another colouring agent should be used. Contact allergic dermatitis can also be caused by perming solutions.


Lips need protection just like the rest of the face. Lack of vitamin B can be the cause of lips being very dry or peeling excessively. Increase vitamin B foods such as oatmeal, wheatgerm, yeast, eggs, yoghurt, and goat’s milk and apply a lip salve.

Cold “weather, wind-bum or sunburn often leave lips very sore and rough. You can make a quick lotion by mixing 2 drops of sage oil with ltbsp. of honey, and apply it frequently.

Bee’s Wax: is used as a lip balm. Yellow bee’s wax straight from the hive or white bee’s wax can be used. Apply to lips whenever you are out in the sun or wind too long. Rub a little onto your lips, it keeps them moist and soft.

Cucumber: use for a natural Chap Stick to lubricate dry lips. Take an unpeeled cucumber, wipe it off, pucker up your lips, then just run the skin surface slowly across them in a back and-forth motion.

Lip Salve for Chapped Lips

Bee’s wax 30 g, olive oil 30 ml, wheatgerm oil 30 ml, calendula oil 0.5 ml, essential oils 3 drops. Melt bee’s wax and oils together, stir until the mixture cools. Then add essential oils.

Lip Gloss

Bee’s wax 7 g, olive oil 40 ml, rose water 20 ml, calendula oil 10 ml essential oils 3 drops.

Melt bee’s wax and oils together, add warmed rose water stirring continually until the mixture cools before adding essential oils.

Oral Sores

Fresh papaya leaves are chewed for oral sores. For external sores or wounds the leaves are tied to the affected areas. Cold sores around the lips and inside the mouth are rapidly cleared by sucking on papaya tablets. Cold sores

Water: bathe affected areas twice daily, first with dead water for about ten minutes then follow after about five minutes with living water. (See also skin disorders).

Herbs: apply fresh aloe vera gel.

Essential oils: can be used singularly or as a combination of bergamot, eucalyptus, cajeput, niaouli, geranium, lemon, melissa and tea tree. These oils often prevent the viruses from replicating. Oils are best applied in the form of an ointment or diluted in alcohol and dabbed directly onto the cold sore.

Kombucha: apply kombucha tea using a cotton bud, repeat frequently.




After emptying the bowels (1-2 x day) wash affected area with dead water, allow to dry (about 5 minutes) and apply cotton wool soaked with living water. In the case of internal haemorrhoids a small enema of dead water is administered (50-100ml) for about five minutes. Afterwards a living water enema is administered for approximately half an hour. At the beginning of the treatment drink 150 ml of dead water on an empty stomach and 250 ml of living water two hours later. Afterwards continue to drink living water every 4 hours, always half an hour before a meal.


Water: bathe affected areas twice daily, first with dead water for about ten minutes and follow up after about five minutes with living water. The treatment of herpes should continue daily for about three weeks even after it disappears, otherwise the condition will appear again. Clothes, linen and footwear infected with herpes must be disinfected with dead water.

Urine: used as compresses, drinking fresh urine and a few drops under the tongue.

Herbs: used in oils or ointments to be applied topically at the first signs of a cold sore. St. John’s wort calendula, chickweed or aloe-vera gel.

Spice: a little powdered turmeric is mixed with the juice from half a squeezed lime and a little water to make a smooth paste. Put directly onto herpes lesions.

Essential oils: use a combination of the following oils . German chamomile , geranium, lavender, tea tree, lemon and mix together. Moisten a cotton bud with water, then put 1 drop of the blend directly on to the cold sore.

Kombucha: for the lips apply kombucha tea frequently at the first signs. For genitals have a kombucha bath, douche frequently with kombucha.



All you need is time, patience and common ingredients from nature’s pantry. Keep a record of all your trial and errors since your skin will love some and reject others.

The recipes below are a basic guide to mix your personalised remedies. Be creative for your skin changes every day so change your formulas. Experiment with different foods and oils as mentioned for different skin types. Use any of the below in mixing your own skin care preparations. Be your own beautician and feed your skin with variety. Nobody knows your skin better than you. Write down your experiences with your remedies.

Make-up Remover

Sweet almond oil 50 ml, olive oil 25 ml, sunflower oil 10 ml, sesame seed oil 10 ml, wheat-germ 5 ml. Mix all ingredients together and bottle.

Honey Wheatgerm Cleanser

Pure honey 250 g, olive oil 15 ml, fine wheat-germ 2 tbsp., calendula tincture 0.5 ml, carrot 0.25 ml, essential oils 0.25 ml. Mix all ingredients together and place into ajar.

Herbal Toner

Herbal vinegar 10 ml, witch hazel 10 ml, herbal infusion 80 ml, essential oils 0.25 ml. Mix all ingredients together strain through a coffee filter before bottling.

Herbal Moisturiser

Apricotoil 50 ml, jojoba oil 35 ml, evening primrose oil 1 ml, rose hip oil 1 ml, carrot oil 0.5 ml, wheat-germ oil 10 ml, essential oils 0.5 ml. Mix all ingredients together and bottle.

Herbal Mask

Clay 60 g, corn starch 40 g, powdered calendula 5 g, essential oils 0.25 ml. Mix all ingredients together and place into ajar.



Specific ingredients can irritate and produce an allergic type response. It is important to read the labels on cosmetics. Here are some guidelines to assist you in determining which specific ingredients may cause you an allergic reaction.

• The most common allergen is most probably fragrances.

• Coal tar dyes can be an irritant to sensitive skin.

• Lanolin is often cited as a possible allergen.

• Preservatives, these include parabens, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, boric acid, propylparaben, benzoic acid, and imidazolidinyl urea to name just a few that are commonly used.

Detergents such as sodium laurel sulphate and laureth-4, may be irritants for any skin type.

• Other ingredients such as aluminium, bronze, silk powder, shellac, nylon and rayon ceresin can cause irritation.

Testing For Cosmetic Reaction

Outline one square inch on the inside of the forearm, then apply the cosmetic product twice a day to this area, for five days. If you experience redness and itchiness*then you have an allergic reaction to the product. It is a trial and error process as nothing is perfect. A product may not irritate the skin on your arm, but you may experience irritation on the facial skin.

Treatment for Cosmetic Reactions

For a severe reaction from cosmetics , such as swelling, redness and itching, stop using the products immediately and consult with your dermatologist.