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I need to find something besides soap to wash a 93 year old woman with. She still takes showers and says the Dove is too dry. She is allergic to aloe vera. I also need to find out what type of lotion would be best for her skin? Thank you!!!

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I know it's not a popular opinion, but if she's showering the body doesn't really need soap to get clean. When my son was a baby he had a horrible case of cradle cap. The nurse practitioner recommended we stop using soap- because babies are not truly "dirty." She recommended we use Cetaphil lotion in the shower/bath. The lotion would provide lubrication with the water and would provide plenty of cleansing benefit while adding moisture. After bathing use the same Cetaphil lotion for moisturizing. It's hypo allergenic and fragrance free. If the thought of no soap at all makes you or her uncomfortable, you could have a soap product available for the underarm and genital area only.
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Hummer Jul 2, 2019
Cetaphil products are wonderful! CVS has their own knockoff version that seems just as effective, and is less expensive.
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Have you tried Oil of Olay body wash? I have psoriasis and I use it daily. The lotion I use is Lubriderm and it works well.
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I like the cetaphil answer best, I'd forgotten I bought some of that for my mom but the NH couldn't remember to use it.... I see they have several body washes and lotions.

Over all I think that many skin troubles come from too much washing, too liberal a use of soap, and water that is too hot. Less is more.
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Nanabinx Jul 2, 2019
Cetaphil, the best! Great no soap cleanser. 🤓
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Dad's skin is dry and the derm suggested the Cetaphil products: I believe they also make body wash or bar soap. I have used Phisoderm bar soap which is unscented and hard to find unless you order on line and I think there is another called Basis. My skin is not that dry and I have found a company I like called William Roam. They have mild, natural based scents. It's the first time I ever invested in a gallon of anything I like it so much.
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You might try goat's milk soap. Get one with minimal other ingredients. I am using one from a company in Oregon. Very mild and lathers nicely. I don't know if I'm allowed to name a particular company's product.
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Gingrspice Jul 2, 2019
Share the name it’s ok.
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I would look in the baby aisle. Another one is rainbath, but don’t know if it’s good for sensitive skin and you have to be extremely careful with oil based products in the shower as it will be a fall hazard-very slippery
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Countrymouse Jul 2, 2019
Sorry to disagree: babies' skin is sensitive, but elders' skin is fragile. The care needs are not at all the same.
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I've been using oatmeal soap for years... I buy a locally made product but I'm sure there are commercial brands. Has never dried out my skin, even in winter. Oatmeal is often used to soothe various itchy skin conditions, such as poison ivy. Soap making is a pretty common cottage industry these days, but I'm sure you can find it in stores or online (if Amazon doesn't have it, it doesn't exist lol).
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Try something with coconut oil or any type of emolient soap. I have dry skin and only use soap on the naughty bits. I cant use it on arms & legs. Only use water and my hand to wash arms and legs. Gotta use a coconut oil lotion after.
My problem is my water is wayyyy to hard. That is so unbelievably drying.

I got a water filter I installed on the shower head from amazon. I dont over tighten it, so I can change it out. It really makes a HUGE difference. I can tell when it needs changing bc my skin will itch like crazy and be very dry after a shower. My hair feels very dry and was breaking off too. Feels very soft w water filter. I write when to change filter on my phone calender. I dont want to be itchy after a shower. In winter it was terrible until I got the filter.
Elderly dont need a shower but maybe 1-2 x a week. Good luck.
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I used Cetaphil soap on my mom. Now that she’s in memory care I provide them with Cetaphil body wash. She’s a diabetic so her lotion is geared for diabetics. I use Cetaphil also because it’s gentle and no scent. Other unscented soaps still bothered me.
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For the past several years we have used Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Body wash, shampoo and conditioner as does my 92 yr old aunt.
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