Allergic to Dove soap ingredients?

Cosmetic and skincare products sold as ‘hypoallergenic’, ‘all natural’ or ‘organic’ can be very misleading and often, for some of us very sensitive types, anything but kind and gentle to our skin.

Cosmetic products are not bound by law to ommit any particular known allergens and most don’t have a full list of ingredients on product packaging.

So what do these terms mean? and how do you really know that the product you’re buying will be kind to your skin? Reading ingredients lists on skin care products, shampoo and moisturisers often leaves you with more questions than answers. Very few contain anything you would recognise as a natural or plant based ingredient and many plants can be acidic and cause irritation and allergies anyway, as we know, so natural isn’t always good where skincare products are concerned.

People can be allergic to, or react to, irritants which can cause contact dermatitis to pretty much anything, but there are many known ingredients that are not recommended for sensitive skin such as sodium lauryl sulphate, linalool, lanolin, perfumes etc. There are many others but do you see products that say ‘suitable for sensitive skin’ and ‘hypoallergenic’ and automatically think they’ll be good for your skin?

How do we know? Is anyone policing or checking the conduct of skin care companies? What should we look out for on packaging?

The Skin Health Alliance (SHA) is an independent not-for-profit organisation working with international dermatologists, researchers, and skin scientists offering professional accreditation to companies, services and brands seeking specialist independent dermatological recognition for their product research. However the products accredited, including Olay and Head & Shoulders, all have to pay for independent verification to be conducted. I have no idea how much they pay but if it’s expensive many smaller companies won’t be able to afford it. Launched in 2011, it’s a fairly new company and so far only seems to have a few companies signed up as accredited.

Dove Beauty Cream Bar Extra Sensitive

Dove sensitive skin soapI’ve chosen one product which claims to be good for sensitive skin but sends my skin into melt down. I’m sure lots of people with sensitive skin can use this product without any problems but I wondered what would possibly be causing this reaction so let’s have a look at the ingredients in Dove soap.

This is what Dove say about their extra sensitive soap:
“The ingredient checklist for sensitive skin is a long one, but Dove has put it all into this bar: true mildness; fragrance free; hypo-allergenic formula; and dermatologically tested.”

Sounds lovely doesn’t it. I’m sure many, like me, dashed out to buy this to try it. My relatives acquire many products in this way as one use is enough for the ‘sensitive skin barometer’ to make its judgement. This soap had me itching in the shower just using it once and left me with mild eczema on my arms and legs. I thought I would investigate to try to pinpoint which ingredient it might have been that caused me a problem.

Ingredients as listed on Dove Beauty Cream Bar Extra Sensitive

Humectants attract moisture to your skin
Surfactants cleanse and clean your skin

  1. Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate – Surfactant – may dry skin
  2. Stearic Acid – Humectant – may sensitise you to allergens
  3. Sodium Palmitate – Surfactant – may dry skin
  4. Aqua – Solvent – just plain old water
  5. Lauric Acid – Humectant – may irritate very sensitive skin
  6. Sodium Isethionate – Surfactant – oh good. This is mild to skin and not drying
  7. Sodium Stearate – Surfactant – not particularly beneficial to skin, but not known to irritate either
  8. Cocamidopropyl Betaine – Surfactant – may be an allergen
  9. Sodium Palm Kernelate – Surfactant – Oh good – just a gentle cleanser
  10. Glycerin – Humectant – can cause allergy in very rare cases
  11. Sodium Chloride – Viscosity Controlling Agent – not particularly beneficial to skin, but not known to irritate either
  12. Zinc Oxide – Additive – non-irritant and non-allergic, unless you’re allergic to zinc
  13. Citric Acid - Antioxidant – may cause mild irritation to very sensitive skin
  14. Tetrasodium EDTA – Sequestrant – not particularly beneficial to skin, but not known to irritate either
  15. Tetrasodium Etidronate – Sequestrant – not particularly beneficial to skin, but not known to irritate either
  16. Alumina – Additive – may cause skin irritation
  17. CI 77891 – Colourant – eye and skin irritant

So, we can see from this that from the whopping 17 ingredients in Dove’s sensitive skin soap:

  • 11 ingredients may cause irritation or dry skin
  • 5 are not known to irritate skin, but not really beneficial either
  • A rather pathetic 2 ingredients are mild and gentle on your skin

Be aware also that some Dove skincare products contain almond oil.

So think twice before using this soap if you have sensitive skin. If you can only recognise a handful of the ingredients anyway, steer clear. It’s got water, zinc and at a push alumina we can deduce is derived from the metal alluminium. I wonder how these procucts get approval from bodies such as The Skin Health Alliance. Is this organisation’s accreditation really worth anything or a good guage of a product that’s healthy for your skin? I’m skeptical.

What do the phrases Dove uses to describe this produce really mean?
True mildness, fragrance free, hypo-allergenic formula, dermatologically tested – looking at these ingredients I’d ignore all these claims entirely. Perhaps I’m in a minority and the majority of consumers see only beneficial results when using Dove Soap.

Now just because something cleans a mirror so it’s completely smear free does not mean it’s going to make a good skincare product for people with sensitive skin. What on earth is that advert all about? I suppose it’s saying there is no residue left on your skin after use, but if you rinse your skin properly there shouldn’t be anyway should there? Perhaps I’ll use Dove soap next time I clean the windows!

Can you use Dove soap? Why would a skincare manufacturer make a soap for sensitive skin with over half its ingredients being potential known irritants or allergens? I would surmise that it’s probably cheaper to use the ingredients above because they’re not chosen for their benefits to sensitive skin. Watch what you put on your skin. Your skin could absorb as much as 60% of what you put on it so be kind to it.

For further reading I would recommend:

Special thanks to Alabu for doing much of this analysis already. For an in-depth analysis of the ingredients in Dove products and what they all do, read Dove Ingredients Comparison from Alabu Skincare.

Visit the SkinsMatter website and read in particular Contact dermatitis and cosmetics by Alex Gazzola, where he explains very well the difference between skin allergic reactions and skin senstitivity to irritants, which aren’t specifically an allergy, though they can feel like an allergic reaction.

A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter, M.S

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About Ruth

Ruth works freelance as a copywriter and writes the What Allergy blog to share information with people who have allergies, eczema, asthma and food intolerances. http://www.whatallergy.com was voted in the top 5 allergy blogs and Ruth also judges regularly for the FreeFrom Food Awards and FreeFrom Skincare Awards. She runs a support group for the Anaphylaxis Campaign and also writes regularly for Exchange, The National Eczema Society quarterly magazine.

Comments

  1. wow so that is why my skin is burning right now…. I just used it today

  2. I also experienced a skin reaction from using this soap. How can companies like Dove put their name on the line with a product like this marketed for sensitive skin?

    • I’m not sure how it all works Mrs G. I’m trying to find out more about the various claims some products use, not just Dove, and what they mean. Seems they are a little vague and not always what they seem. A bit like all the food labelling like ‘Farm Assured’ and ‘Soil Association’ on meat. Can be very misleading, e.g. The Farm assured tractor sign doesn’t require farmers to provide straw and bedding for pigs. It is supposed to be safe guarding animals welfare and treatment but falls short in my opinion. Soil Association is much more stringent and DOES require farmers to provide straw bedding. Just one example. but that’s a whole nother conversation! And I fear I’m off on a rant/tangent again…

  3. Doesn’t surprise me in the slightest, sadly. You can get a free Toxic Toiletries factsheet on my site with a list of chemicals to avoid:

    http://www.purehealthshop.co.uk/shop/article_72/Non-Toxic-Toiletries-Factsheet.html?shop_param=cid%3D1%26aid%3D72%26

    Also, I have put my top non toxic range picks here:

    http://www.purehealthclinic.co.uk/supplements-non-toxic-toiletries-books-supplies/non-toxic-toiletries/

    Of course, anyone can be sensitive to anything as we know so check ingredients carefully, but we can at least start with no harmful chemicals! Hope it helps.

    • Oh brilliant. Thanks Micki. I should have included a link above. Perhaps I will! It’s the long term effects of using chemicals on the skin that worries me. People might be seemingly using stuff OK but is it really having no adverse effect? Some things just shouldn’t be used in skincare manufacture.

    • I clicked on both of these links and neither of them take me anywhere for information. So what good is that??

  4. Hi Judy, Apologies for confusing you. I do know the difference between an allergy and just being sensitive. They do not always go hand in hand but they can do. Some things are skin irritants to those with sensitive skin, whilst others can use them without problems, and others can be allergic to certain ingredients, even in skincare products.

    I’ll have a look over this article and see if I can make it clearer. I have included a good link at the bottom which does go into detail of the difference between allergies and skin irritation on the skinsmatter website.

    It’s a bit like the confusion between food allergy and food intolerance. Both very different and often misunderstood.

    • My allergist also knows the difference between allergies and sensitivities, but doesn’t get too concerned with things outside “true allergies.” I, however, need to be able to identify the products that cause me problems, whether it be because of allergies, sensitivities, or intolerances, all of which I have. I can’t afford the money or the misery to try out multiple products and quibble over what category they fall into. A single article that addresses ANY reactions caused by a specific product is more useful to me than three separate articles dealing with allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances.

      • I totally agree. If it makes your skin itch, burn, or worse, then it’s almost irrelevant why. My family have received countless gifts of skin care products which haven’t agreed with my skin. I tend to stick to what I know and not be particularly adventurous. I do love Lush dream wash though. But we are all different and what works for one might not work for another. I know plenty of people with eczema and sensitive skin who CAN use this product. So complex.

        • Ruth: I have a suggestion. If you are given any personal care items that you haven’t used before and think will not work out, don’t even open them, but donate them to a local homeless shelter or women’s shelter. They can use them, and in most cases the products will go to people who are not as sensitive as we are.

          • Lovely idea! I have donated some to old lady in my village who seems to love them ;o) Homeless shelter is a great idea though. I am tracking down my nearest one.

  5. Under eye cream for super sensitive skin?Hi there. I have raelly sensitive skin. Like if I change products, try to get a facial or attempt to exfoliate, I get a red patch with little bumps within 24 hours. I then have to go to the doctor to get a ointment to make it go away or it’s there for a year. It’s nuts. Regardless, I found Dr. Hauschka’s line which is all natural blah blah and it’s working well. However, after 5 years of using the under eye balm, I suddenly am having a reaction. Don’t know if they changed the formula or what but it’s just not cutting it anymore. So now I’m looking for some suggestions on alternative eye creams for sensitive skin. I always have used it more preventively I don’t have wrinkles to puff up or dark circles fade so no need for anything harsh like retinol which will destroy me! I just like slathering on a thick cream to hopefully ward it off in the future! Thanks in advance!

    • Thanks for the comment. Yes it could be a change in ingredients or just skin irritation, an allergy, things can change at any time which is annoying. If you’ve been using it fine for years I’d suggest they’ve changed something. You could always contact them and ask. I will look out for sensitive skin eye cream. You could try checking out The Skins Matter website . Their recent awards may have an eye cream.

    • When I started having troubles with the skin around my eyes, the dermatologist tracked it down to my SHAMPOO. Apparently, the skin around the eyes is more sensitive than the rest of the face, and shampoo that washed across the face doing nothing to the facial skin would irritate the skin around my eyes. The pillowcase is another source. Anything in your hair, including the shampoo you use and the pollens you collect during the day, fall onto the pillowcase; then you roll over and put your face in it. I wash my hair before bedtime (or if concerned about the shampoo, rinse it thoroughly to wash out anything collected during the day), and change pillowcases more often than the rest of the bedding (which should be washed in hot water every week, including all blankets and covers, if you have allergies). The end result is, don’t assume that your eyes are affected only by the product applied directly to the eyes.

  6. Thanks for the information. The oddest think about Dove sensitive skin, clearly labeled “unscented” and “fragrance free”, is that I very definitely detect a perfume fragrance. After patch testing, I found I am allergic to fragrance. Too bad we can’t open all the boxes and bottles in the store and sniff. Also too bad there isn’t a law against labeling something fragrance free when it has a fragrance. Also too bad there isn’t a law that simply requires listing ingredients. Now that I now what I’m allergic to, I can read labels. But if the labels don’t include the information, all that reading is unhelpful.

    To the previous commenter who noted that after years of using a product it now causes a reaction — that definitely sounds like allergy. Theoretically, to have an allergic reaction, you have to come in contact with the allergen at least once, an experience that causes your body to start creating antibodies and whatnot. It’s at least the second contact that starts the allergic response or over-reaction.

    • Labelling laws are a problem. Not sure how they can allowed to say fragrance free when something clearly isn’t though. They can say organic if just one ingredient is organic which is mad. Always stick to pure and simple stuff. I’m trying out some products so will be posting my findings soon. And who knows why the body decides some things are OK but rejects others as dangerous. keeps us on our toes.

  7. so could you recomend a good soap? dove is good for me. Its what all doctors are recomending.

    • Hi Vernita. Well if Dove is OK for you then that’s OK. My favourites are Simple soap, Sanex shower gel or Lush Dreamwash for a treat.

  8. Dove Soap for Sensitive Skin Unscented has changed again! the ingredient list above is not up to date.

    They are marketing the Dove Soap for Sensitive Skin in two different packages. One package that may look the same as the other IS different though. One ingredient that will clearly show that it is different is a chemical that consists of two words and the second word is ****Glycol.**** I believe it is either propylene glycol or polyethylene glycol. Just watch out for the word for Glycol…and don’t buy! Ever since they changed the ingredient list and added bad chemicals like this one that ends in Glycol, I have had consistent rashes on my neck, back, shoulder, chest. Also, the plastic packaging with this ingredient will have a much stronger scent! than the other package that looks the same, but it isn’t. Unilever is the company that makes this soap and they are a horrible company for not only putting such harsh irritating chemicals in a “Skincare” product, but most importantly not informing its customers that they changed the ingredient list. The ingredient listed above posted by another individual is an outdated list, unless on your part of town they are selling that old package! Shaking my Head at Unilever! I am better off not using their products and using a natural made soap without all those harmful chemicals. Remember everyone, what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream! Just ask your doctor if that is true!

    • Here Here. I completely agree. I think it should be criminal to add chemicals and known irritants to any skincare products. Just because some people don’t immediately react still doesn’t mean it may be doing them harm. The fact that they market these soaps on confusing packaging and brand as ‘suitable for sensitive skin’ is a joke. It makes me really mad. We should only put stuff on our skin that’s pure and healthy, if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!

  9. I have the same issue this DOVE sensitive skin is KILLING me, thanks for the info

    Whats would be the suggestion on what to use that’s the best for us that have insensitive skin.

    Thank You

  10. HELLO MY CONCERN IS I HAVE BEEN USING DOVE SENSITIVE FOR YEARS.I RECENTLY HAVE BEEN FEELING IRRITATED IN PRIVATE AREAS. I WAS WONDERING HAVE THE INGREDIENTS CHANGED. WHAT OTHER KIND OF SOAP IS FRAGRANCE FREE. THANKS

    • Hi AJ. It could be anything causing your irritation but it would make sense to try something else to see if it helps. I find Sanex shower zero range very good and for a treat I use Lush dream wash. Simple soap do a very good range, but if you check the ingredients of products and find something that doesn’t contain nasties like glycol, as mentioned above, and the stuff in Dove, listed in this blog, you should find somethign kinder. Good luck!

  11. Elisabeth Clifford says:

    Faith in nature or doctor organic from Holland and Bharat . No chemicals to irritate at all. Just nice ingredients . Golden rule “If you would not eat it then don’t use it on your skin”. Haribol !

  12. Wow! I was itching so horribly after using Dove soap that I had to Google it. This explains a lot! I was looking for something cheaper than Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar (which I have used all over my body for years). Back to Neutrogena! Dove is downright dangerous!

  13. My 89 year old mom is in assisted living. She has always used Dial soap. I thought that the Dial soap was drying out her skin and bought her Dove. Shortly, after she developed little, itchy, raised bumps. Her doctor ruled out shingles and bed bugs… rash wasn’t bites. Thought maybe her she was reacting to one of her many meds so eliminated one… no change and skin seemed more irritated. Now, I’m thinking that the Dove soap my be the problem… so I put her back on the Dial that she is so used to and will see if that will stop rash. My next move would be to take her to a dermatologist. My gut says it’s the dial as the timeline fits so well.

  14. I wanted to thank you for putting this up. My husband has a horrid reaction to this soap as well as Tide. So, this helps to narrow it down to what ingredients are common between the two. Thanks so much!!!

    • My pleasure DD. stick to more natural and less processed products with no perfume especially. What country do you live in? I use Sanex shower gel or Simple Soap

  15. MelissaA says:

    My complaint about Dove is a bit different. I’ve been using it for decades and have loved it. However, starting a couple years ago I couldn’t get my washcloths clean in the laundry! They seem to have wax or an oil build up in them. I’ve also been using Tide for decades. But now that I know I’m not crazy I guess I’ll start looking around for another soap and maybe I can have clean fluffy washcloths again!

  16. This has happened to me says:

    Just goes to show how misleading marketing/advertising is and the halo effect is has on users.

    I’ve always had red shoulders, arms and back after my post gym workout shower.
    I always put it down to my sweat reacting with the detergent powder in my clothes washing machine.

    More worryingly I have also noticed itchy red spots developing on my legs which the doctor said wasn’t anything like shingles or bed bugs.

    I just had another shower and decided to google Dove soap irritation. Regardless I’m going to change to a genuine soap that is free if irritation and bin my Dove Soap.

    • Go for it! Ditch that Dove. It’s so not natural and sensitive skin friendly when you look at the ingredients. Try sanex shower gel, or pure or simple soap. Coal Tar is also good, well actually ANY soap with be better than Dove!!! Good luck. Look forward to hearing whether you see an improvement. It also could be your shampoo, you could try rinsing with your head forward so it doesn’t wash over your body, just to see if that helps. Down with Dove!

  17. Hi everyone,

    My name is Lisa, I can relate to everyone’s story all too well. Dove soap also irritated my skin. I remember using their body wash only to begin itching so bad one winter. While on Christmas break, I had scratched the top of my arm only to see white flakes. I was horrified. I bought a cheap body wash to strip my skin of all that build up. This is why I began my journey to make fresh handmade soaps and body products two years ago. My customers have a choice of scented, mildly scented or unscented in all my products. Checkout my website at http://www.luxurious.artfire.com. All ingredients are listed for each product. We are also on Facebook: Luxurious Bath Boutique. Thank you for your time and have a great day.

    • Thanks for sharing the link Lisa and well done for taking such positive moves. What do you use to fragrance them?

      • Hi Ruth,

        My apologies for the late reply. I use fragrance oils for those who are not sensitive to them. I also have essential oil soaps/products for those who are sensitive. I also offer unscented soaps and body products. I have something for everyone! ;o)

  18. I was recommended to use Dove sensitive a while back. When I did, I immediately broke out in hives all over where the soap touched. Allergic! Now I am recommended to use a soap with fat (like Dove) for my face to keep it from getting the eczema. No way do I want to risk Dove again, but I don’t know what else to do.

    • Hi Susan, yes I don’t know what is in Dove that causes skin sensitivity but it’s not great. On my face I only ever wash with my emollient, that I use to moisturise my eczema with. It’s called Epaderm.

  19. Richard says:

    I used regular Dove for a very long time with no problems. Then my wife asked me to switch to the Extra Sensitive because she doesn’t like the smell of regular Dove. I developed a major contact allergy and didn’t realize for two weeks that it was the Extra Sensitive Dove soap that was doing it. I had blisters on my fingers and a major red bumpy rash all over my body. My physician had to give me shots and a strong cortisone cream to treat it. My wife has no problem with Extra Sensitive, but it came close to killing me. I looked at the difference in ingredients between Dove and Extra Sensitive Dove and I think my problem is with Alumina (Aluminium Oxide) or Glycerin, more likely the former.

    • Well you can’t explain that can you… the extra sensitive one clearly wasn’t extra sensitive for you was it Richard? How strange. What do you use now? (apologies for replying so late…) I used to use a coal tar soap which was good but can’t find that anymore.

  20. My son has had excema for years. Now he only uses pure glycerine soap (no color or perfume)…it is see-through and works great. After my bad reaction to this Dove soap I’m stealing his.

  21. Being very specific here (having read the earlier response!) Sodium Laureth Sufate/Sulphate is an industrial foaming agent, it’s used to clean garage forecourts! I know I tend to have greasy hair and skin but I don’t think I need something that strong to remove the oil present…! My skin reacts horribly to Dove and anything else with such strong substances in. Our skin needs its natural emollients, it’s the largest organ of our body and as with all the others needs the correct ph and level of hydration. I’m not into everything natural by a long way but I won’t knowingly touch anything with SLS in it – or put it anywhere near my kids.

    Johnson’s baby products all have it it too – I mean, how crazy is that??! Just how dirty can a newborn get?!

    Am currently getting over a massive skin and eye reaction from the newsprint on this fortnight’s Private Eye. That will teach me to read something different lol!

    • That is truly shocking… I knew SLS was one of those ‘avoid’ ingredients but that is so clearly NOT something that needs to in ANY skincare product. It does explain why in that advert, the Dove soap cleaned the mirror so well – it cleans grease off concrete too but that doesn’t make it a good thing to put on yer skin! My friend reacts to newsprint too, she wears cotton gloves when she reads any paper (keeps a pair in her bag). And my old teacher also reacts to newsprint. It’s not all newspapers though is it? That will indeed teach you for trying to improve your political knowledge. I use Sanex at the moment but even that has a long list of ingredients. Am on the lookout for something kinder. Need to nourish my skin not torment it. Also using a Barefoot SOS shampoo at the moment which is lovely.

  22. Having said all that I LOVE the Dove campaign (last year?) to promote “normal” bodies.

    • Yes I do love that advert. It sends a very positive message. Just a shame the skincare industry has such strange views on what makes a good ingredient for sensitive skin soap etc.

  23. Happened to me second time in 4 years. The first time i was using krikland generic Dove like soap. Got Pityriasis Rosea. Last month because of dry cold weather got dove. Bad move. Pityriasis Rosea came back again.

    Done with dove and (it’s generics) soap for ever.

    • I agree. I so love the adverts, they make is sound like this amazing product that will be kind to your skin and give you a glowing, youthful, healthy complection. What really happens to some of us is a bit of shock. Soap has often made my skin dry but NO soap has EVER made my skin as bad as Dove. There is something very wrong with that product. I hope they take a look at the ingrediens and reformulate.

  24. Hi I’m very thankful for this article. I thought I was wrong for accusing dove body wash for my skin irritation that I’ve been struggling with for 2 weeks now. It was first an insect bite until it turned out to be so reddish with water like fluid coming out of it now both of my arms and legs have this red bumps. And I know it’s the dove body wash that I used is the reason of my skin irritation. Really dove should stop making these products.

  25. Hi there. I’ve recently changed my shampoo to Dove. Free a few weeks if using it, I’ve developed a very irritating rash on my neck, chest, back, face and even burns to my ears! I have since changed my shampoo and my body wash (Sanex is great!) but the rash seems to be really bad first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Any recommendations to clear? I’ve tried eczema ointment and Aloe Vera. It takes weeks to get an appointment at my doctors. Thanks!

    • If you can get hold of any, try pure shea butter or pure coconut oil. Both are solid but melt on contact with your skin. Hope it clears up soon. I also find Espom salt bath really helps if you have a bath? Helps clear up rashes. Also, have a short shower, and if you start to feel itchy at all turn down the temperature as low as you can go. It’s a good idea to finish every shower with a blast of cold.

  26. Prithvi says:

    Hi Ruth,

    Thanks for the info, i jst switched to dove as my dermatologist suggested it to be good for dry skin, but unfortunately have been having a lot of rashes, itching and pink bite like rashes. I have been having very sensitive skin since childhood and have been trying to find the best products to use. I have even tried using baby soap. I am 25 now and still trying to figure out a good chemical free soap. Could u help suggest a good suitable soap available in Indian markets. It would be really helpful.

    Thanks,
    Prithvi

  27. Hello,

    I’m looking for sulfate free hair shampoo and body wash/shower gel without perfume, color and parabens, because i have itchy scalp and sensitive skin.

    Sincerely,

    Ali

    • I use Sanex in the shower. Have you tried Jason aloe vera shampoo? Go into any health store and there are loads of sulfate free brands with no perfume or parabens. I use Tgel shampoo for my itchy scalp. Thinking of experimenting with soap nuts soon… watch this space.

  28. Scott Ernst says:

    I moved to Las Vegas and began to have severe itching problems and painful dermatitis. I assumed that the Las Vegas climate was the problem. I spent a ton of money on lotions and cortisone. I was essentially trapped inside my home and suffering from the itching. I decided to try a different soap and the problem was gone within a few days. I am VERY angry that Unilever (Dove Soap) essentially LIED to me about their product and caused me to suffer for several months. If anyone would like to file a lawsuit against Unilever, let’s talk.

    • I hear you Scott, I cannot understand how this product can be marketed as for sensitive skin, though you don’t say which particular Dove soap you used. It brings me up in such a bad reaction after just a few uses, even though it’s a wash off product. I don’t know which ingredient it is for me but there are so many nasty ingredients. I think they should NOT be able to sell this for sensitive skin but I’m not sure we would have a legal case. Unfortunately skincare products don’t seem to have to have very strict rules regarding any claims. One organic ingredient could mean they can label it as organic. I don’t know if what they’re doing is against the law, ie. saying it’s not good for sensitive skin. I can only assume most people can use it OK and we are the few who can’t. Who knows. It’s like acid on my skin.

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