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Dove Beauty Bar, Sensitive Skin, 4 Bars

Milder than any soap. Hypo-allergenic. Fragrance free. Dermatologist and pediatrician recommended cleanser. Hypoallergenic and won’t clog pores. This is made with 1/4 moisturing cream for total skin comfort. It is made in the USA.

Key features

  • Unscented, hypoallergenic and won’t clog pores
  • With 1/4 moisturing cream for total skin comfort
  • Dermatologist recommended
  • Made in the USA

Honest reviews


Doctor prescribed tips for eczema – not the new Dove!

Our baby daughter started suffering from either dermatitis or eczema when she was six months old – just a red bumpy rash – and unscented Dove was recommended by the pediatrician, pediatric dermatologist, and allergist. Unfortunately, they didn’t know the manufacturer had changed the product formula. We really wish they had – it would have saved her a year of terrible itching its new formula caused.A change in formula to Alimentum resulted in dramatic improvement after a milk allergy was diagnosed. However, small raised red patches and intense itching that caused frantic scratching to the point of bleeding soon became major issues; atypical eczema was diagnosed.Treatment for almost a year was warm daily baths and unscented Dove, along with hydrocortisone 1% on spots and Cetaphil cream all over. Children’s Zyrtec did not seem to alleviate the itching, although it did help her sleep. A visit to a dermatologist and a prescription for Calcitrene did not help either. Only a physical barrier – footed PJs with both zippers and snaps, kept her from picking at her skin constantly.And then one day, quite by accident, I used her unscented Dove. I suddenly found myself having intense itching as well. Could it be that my daughter was allergic to Dove? It did make sense as Dove was used directly on her exposed areas, arms and torso, and she had her most intense and frantic itching episodes after her bath. We discontinued Dove immediately and her intense itching subsided overnight.What I didn’t understand why I was suddenly was allergic to the new bars. After doing some research it turns out that Dove has discontinued the old Dove unscented bar along with the Dove for sensitive skin (the one with sweet almond oil – itself an allergen) and combined them into one bar, Dove Unscented for Sensitive Skin. In so doing, it’s changed its main surfuctant and other ingredients – in other words, the Dove doctors have been recommended for years is no longer the same product.An online search revealed complaints about itchiness and the new Dove. One website site in particular on the treatment of eczema has an enormous amount of information on detergents, soap and their effects on eczema – especially the change in Dove soap. It no longer recommends it for eczema. Please see the comments section for more information.Interestingly, itchiness and redness with the new formulation was brought up by a costumer in Dove’s own website and no solution is given other than Customer Service’s phone number. It has since been taken down.I’ve also found some mentions of another Dove ingredient, “Sodium tallowate” – tallow, sometimes derived from cattle – as sometimes causing a reaction in people with milk allergies, causing flare ups in acne and eczema. Whether this too caused an allergic reaction in our daughter, I don’t know.We thought our case was isolated. However, it’s possible that the skin problems related to the new Dove may be more widespread. I hope this information helps as this change was done quietly by the manufacturer.We also found sweet almond oil in the Cetaphil cream she was prescribed – an allergen for anyone with a tree nut allergy. We stopped using it later and the remaining red raised patches she had also diappeared. Other changes that were recommended including a change to Tide Free – it didn’t help my daughter but it healed my red, cracked hands, the result of doing laundry 2-3x a day with All Free.Granted, individual reactions to products vary but the new ingredients in Dove may be causing allergies rather than helping them. None of the three doctors consulted knew of the formula change in Dove nor realized that the “Dove + cetaphil” combo they were recommending were causing the very symptoms (itching and rash) they were trying to treat. It’s possible parents may just assume it’s ongoing eczema, just like they did. It may not be.UPDATE 5/27/13: Please see comments section for a list of recommended alternatives for soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, lotions, etc.

Nell Iroquois, IL

I’m A Manly Man!

I’m blond haired, blue eyed and light skinned. If I am exposed to poison ivy, I end up in the Emergency Room. Most deodorants are too harsh for me and cause me to break out. It’s hard to be a whoosy (a 1960’s term) but I’ve learned how to live with it.I love this soap. It gets me clean after working in the yard and doesn’t cause me any problems. I even use it to wash my hair and avoid the high costs of the expensive shampoos my wife uses. Give it a try. I really don’t know why anyone would be disappointed with this product.

Carole Oregon, MO

Is nice but…

It is nice.. but.. I prefer liquid soap.. because you don’t have to keep it in a dish or soap holder

Marion Vanderbilt, TX

still great when my skin becomes sensitive

I have tried other types of Dove soap in the past and although some reviewers haven’t liked this type or version of Dove soap I must say that it is good for my skin when it becomes sensitive. True, this soap doesn’t smell all that great (even though they say it’s “fragrance free”) but after I shower the scent goes away and I’m left feeling genuinely clean and my skin feels pampered.The soap lasts a good long while after I buy it, so when I catch a sale I always buy a few extra bars. It’s definitely one of the better soaps out there for people with sensitive skin even if the initial scent when you’re showering isn’t all that great. That clean fresh feeling and that softness for my skin makes this a good soap for me!

Tami Eldena, IL

used to use it

For many years and really like it, it’s soft, "kind" to skin, and very soapy 🙂 if you know what I mean.

Rosella Sunland Park, NM