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Dealing with sensitive skin on the CDS

mackkaren

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I have a lot of questions, but for now I’ll keep it brief. I have sensitive skin and have to be careful about the types of products I use and touch - soap being a major one. For many years now I have been using a liquid soap when I shower specifically formulated for sensitive skin types. However, it comes in a big bottle and is therefore not practical to carry on the Camino. In the interest of weight and size my best bet would therefore be to carry a soap bar - the only trouble being that most conventional soap bars, even cheap/basic ones, can wreak havoc on my skin. Maybe this all sounds ridiculous, but the wrong product can lead to painful breakouts on my entire body that could even lead to me having to leave the Camino early (which I of course don’t want).
 
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Another option is to mail ahead some resupply for yourself.
I had to this on our last CF when 'she who must be obeyed' went through my hikers wool like it was growing on trees!
I had a resupply drop waiting for us 2 weeks ahead.

P.S. I have a similar issue with normal soap. I use 'goat soap'. No you don't need to drag a goat with you......it's made from goats milk. 1/2 a bar lasts me a whole Camino.
 

yddraigfach

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2018
As a fellow sufferer of sensitive skin, what are you planning on using for handwashing?

I did a two week (non-Camino) walk in the UK last summer, and found that the sensitive washing powder I use without any problems in the washing machine at home turned my hands into a complete mess after a week of daily handwashing. I ended up rationing my 'safe' body wash so I could use it for handwashing as well during the second week.
 

sugargypsy

Active Member
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CF 2019
In progress: CP 2020 and/or CI
Another option is to mail ahead some resupply for yourself.
I had to this on our last CF when 'she who must be obeyed' went through my hikers wool like it was growing on trees!
I had a resupply drop waiting for us 2 weeks ahead.
Did the same thing with some medical stuff I needed and would have been quite heavy to carry it all the way to SdC. Sent it forward with Correos which worked out fine.
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
As a fellow sufferer of sensitive skin, what are you planning on using for handwashing?

I did a two week (non-Camino) walk in the UK last summer, and found that the sensitive washing powder I use without any problems in the washing machine at home turned my hands into a complete mess after a week of daily handwashing. I ended up rationing my 'safe' body wash so I could use it for handwashing as well during the second week.
My clothes washing method is perfect for you. I use a 12 Osprey liter dry bag as my portable washing machine. The dry bag only weighs 1.2 ounces/34 grams, and I use it to hold my sleeping gear. As I get into the shower I put my clothes in the dry bag along with a half a laundry detergent strip and partially fill with warm water. You could also use some liquid soap. Then I seal up the bag, and give it a few shakes before I set it aside while I shower and dress. I then take the bag full of water and clothes to the laundry sink area, and agitate it by shaking it a bit more before emptying it into the laundry sink. I then only have to give the clothes a quick rinse before squeezing out the water and hanging on the line. The detergent strip that I use make very few suds, and the clothes don't require a lot of rinsing. My clothes come out a lot cleaner without having to have my hands in soapy water than when I just washed them in the laundry sinks. I credit the long soaking time.
 

Ducks

Walking for 3
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Camino Portugese (2020)
Camino Frances (2021)
If you tell us the product you use, I can look up if it is widely available here in Spain ;-)

BC SY
I also have skin issues. At home I use Aloe Vera products - liquid soap, shampoo, etc. "Dr. Organic". Is this brand available in Portugal and/or Spain? Thanks so much.
 
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I have a lot of questions, but for now I’ll keep it brief. I have sensitive skin and have to be careful about the types of products I use and touch - soap being a major one. For many years now I have been using a liquid soap when I shower specifically formulated for sensitive skin types. However, it comes in a big bottle and is therefore not practical to carry on the Camino. In the interest of weight and size my best bet would therefore be to carry a soap bar - the only trouble being that most conventional soap bars, even cheap/basic ones, can wreak havoc on my skin. Maybe this all sounds ridiculous, but the wrong product can lead to painful breakouts on my entire body that could even lead to me having to leave the Camino early (which I of course don’t want).
I appreciate the concerns that you have laid out, but I did not see a question in your post. What would you like to know?
 

Bella2017

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Camino(s) past & future
2014,2015,2016.
March 2017 Oct 2018 Camino ingles june 2019 cancelled Camino Portuguese Oct 2019
A brand of soap called simple soap is very good because of allergies we use this for body hands and clothes washing. You can cut a bar in half or smaller to save on weight. The liquid version has additives such as linolool so try the bar of simple soap.
 

spursfan

Veteran Member
Merino wool clothes and socks to cut down the need for much (if any) laundry - and avoid soap for showering
 

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I also have skin issues. At home I use Aloe Vera products - liquid soap, shampoo, etc. "Dr. Organic". Is this brand available in Portugal and/or Spain? Thanks so much.
This particular brand, I am not sure, but organic aloe vera skincare products are widely available in Spain, mostly in pharmacies and 'healthy shops' like Naturhouse.
BC SY

PS No idea about Portugal ...
 
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