Need Recommendation on Skincare Products for Biracial Baby

Updated on November 19, 2010
J.S. asks from Orangevale, CA
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Hi mommas! Does anyone out there have a recommendation for a really good lotion for a biracial baby. My baby is African, Sri Lankin, Puerto Rican and Italian and she has super sensitive skin that is VERY dry and ashy. I've tried Burt's Bees (she got a rash), California Baby (wasn't hydrating enough), Jason's (she got a rash), and Original Sprouts (not hydrating enough). I prefer a lotion that is all natural, possibly organic and fragrance free. Thanks for any suggestions!!!!

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Thanks for all the input! Wow! After reading all of your suggestions I decided to try the "oil" route and see what happened. I found a really great organic hempseed oil blend at the health food store and it has worked very well. I'm hoping it does the trick long term. Again, thank you for all your responses! We both appreciate it!

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J.C.

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I know it has already been said but I highly reccommend Arbonne products. We use the sunscreen for the whole family with no issues with my youngest daughter's sensitive skin.
Good luck and congratulations on the baby girl!
J.

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A.A.

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have you tried aveeno? I use that for my daughter but she doesn't have super sensitive skin. Good luck

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J.M.

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I have had great luck with Desert Essence products, specifically the shea lotion with honey and royal jelly. It is lovely and smells great too (it's a subtle scent).

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K.B.

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I love HEMP lotion, it is a mix of many natural HYDRATING oils but NOT greasy. I have very sensitive skin.very moist NO REACTIONS!!!!But smells coconuty.

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E.G.

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Hi J., You may want to try Arbonne Baby Care Products. The products are all botanically based and are wonderful. You can check out the products http://www.egiammona.myarbonne.com/ Good Luck! E.

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C.B.

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J.,
Arbonne has wonderful products in general and their baby line is no exception. All the products are formulated without animal products, parabans, phathalates, mineral oil, & chemical dyes/fragrances (you can check out Arbonne's website at www.arbonne.com). The other nice thing is you can try the product before buying. Also if you do order and you find out that it does not work for your little girl they have a 45 day return policy.

I would be more than happy to send you a sample or ask Alise's friend Carol for one. Sensitive skin is tough so good luck. Take care, C.

C. B Palmer
www.linabean.myarbonne.com
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C.K.

answers from Sacramento on

That's a great question. I would highly recommend Arbonne. They are herbal and botanical and hypo allergenic products. They work great on my son who has exema. Check out their website at www.arbonne.com and let me know if you're interested in trying a sample before ordering. You can contact me at [email protected]____.com luck! C.

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C.G.

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Both my kids have severe dry skin (they are biracial as well). We have tried everything under the sun. The only thing that seems to work for us is Cetaphil Cream (not lotion) and straight vaseline. Always works best after they have soaked in a warm bath for 20 minutes.

J.A.

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yay!!! here's what we use (they all work great) pure shea butter (soften it up by rubbing it between your hands first), cocoa butter, or grapeseed oil.

Good luck!

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S.M.

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Hi J.,

Renew Lotion is fantastic. I have never heard anything negative about it.

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B.R.

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Have you tried just rubbing on some olive oil? I find that works best for me when I get the wintertime dry skin problems. It's a bit greasy going on, but rub it in good then wipe off the excess with a paper towel and it feels fine.

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M.S.

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HI!
I have a biracial son, and we use Cetaphil products for him. We get both the soap and lotion at Costco, and they come in the pump so very easy to use. In the shower he uses the Dove soap and it works well with no skin reactions. I have found that many of the big-name lotions have irritants that bother little ones. Anyways, good luck!

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Z.B.

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My favorite natural skin care product is raw cocoa butter. It is absolutely wonderful for dry skin and I have never experienced any alerigic reactions. You may have to find it online as I can't always find it at the health food stores etc. It is solid at room temp so it comes in a solid brick and you just slice off a little piece and melt it in your hands by rubbing them together. Hope this helps!

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L.C.

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I am sure you are overwhelemed with the amount of responses...but I have done A LOT of research and I found the BEST company ever for products that are USDA ORGANIC (so not sort of organic or 95% organinc - they 100% USDA Organinc - not very many companies can cll themselves USDA approved - FYI) The name is Natures Paradise...you can find them at www.naturesparadiseorganics.com Look under their tab for baby products. My daighter had very dry skin and a bit of eczema and she is doing so fantastic now since I have been using it - I also use the foam bathing was and diaper cream...just unbelivable products. FYI - you can get them scented with coconut or unscented without the coconut.

Good luck and congrats on your little one!!!

L.

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M.G.

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Hi J.

I use Renew lotion from Melaleuca. This has been clinically tested and approved. It out performed Eucerin in 2 seperate studies. There is no greasy feeling, leaves the skin soft. I have samples that you can try. I live in San Ramon.
I do not sell this I just refer, if it works you can buy direct yourself.
email [email protected]____.com

M.

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G.K.

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Congratulations on your baby daughter! I'm a big fan of Neal's Yard Remedies, a UK-based natural / organic skin care maker. They have a great baby products line, including a balm that is nice and rich but not greasy in residue that may help your baby's skin. Check them out at www.nyrusa.com

Good luck and enjoy these precious times!

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G.R.

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Try almond oil. Rub it on her before drying off after a bath. It will help with the whole deal: dry sensitive skin, ashiness. It does have a scent--but it is from the oil itself, not added and is pretty mild. You can buy it at your local organic grocery store. I also like Alba Botanicals very emollient unscented lotion. The Alba was good on my baby's skin when he was an infant when everything seemed to cause a rash.

We live in the mountains (less than 15% humidity on most days) and the whole family gets very dried out. I have extremely sensitive skin and although I'm white, I come from a bi-racial family.

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H.J.

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Go to the kitchen! Try olive oil or coconut oil. Coconut oil is a solid at room temp, but will melt on skin--and it does a wonderful number on dry skin! I use it for "baby oil" on my kids (7 mos & 2), & we love it. Coconut oil is also antimicrobial--I often use it on the diaper area, as my little guy tends to get really dry skin there.

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A.B.

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Congratulation on your new little one. I agree with Tina P. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and it absorbs everything. Be careful on what you use. There are so many product on the market that have toxins in them. Glimpse Intuitive Skin Care features toxin free ingredients and leadng green chemistry to protect you and the enviroment. XanGo has pledged to do no harm. By signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics you are ensured performance based on nutrition without the use of harmful toxins. Glimpse retains natural phytonutrients, vitamins and amino acids giving your skin the benefit of optimal nutrition. Check out your products to see what level of toxins are in them by going to www.cosmeticdatabase.com. For more information on some of the results with Glimpse you can go to www.glimpsebeforeandfter.com or my current website www.theoneperfectsystem.com/abecker. If you are interested in learning more you can call me at ###-###-####, Have fun and enjoy your little one. They grow up fast.

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K.J.

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Sariah Milan is my favorite, it's natural and their Butter Cookie Lotion smells great!

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R.W.

answers from San Francisco on

I know oatmeal products are supposed to be good for sensitive skin. But maybe you tried that.
If he's that sensitive, what about just a bit of oil? Like maybe olive oil. It's used for hair, so it could probably be fine on skin too.
Or some other food product. If it can be eaten, it should be okay on the skin.

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K.U.

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Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl! I don't know if you're breast feeding but if so you might want to find a high quality fish oil supplement, or other good omega fatty acids capsul. This can really help a lot of conditions, and the average american has a terrible balance between omega 3's and 6's. Some people even cure their kid's ADHD with something as simple as fish oil. (I don't sell it or anything, but since I've been taking it every day I've noticed myself feeling much more balanced and my skin looks much healthier too!) Good luck!

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C.F.

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Hi,
I am a massage therapist, and also do in-home spa parties, and teach parents how to do infant massage ;)
I use products from The Body Shop (Buritchi Baby), and Pink Papaya (www.pinkpapayaparties.com/myspapaty).
I can mail you a packet of the baby body butter for you to try.
Take care,
Cynthia

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A.P.

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Hi,
You should try Arbonne. They have wonderful products. Contact Carol at ###-###-####. Tell her A. sent you...:)

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S.S.

answers from Sacramento on

I would try pure shea butter. greasy, but really hydrates.
Stac

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T.F.

answers from San Francisco on

Aveda's All Sensitive line is fragrance- and dye-free. They have shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. You can buy it at any Aveda store or concept salon. It's on the pricey side, but a tiny bit goes a loooong way, especially on a little person! Good luck!

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S.S.

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Since she is barely going to be 3 months it may simply still be the "new baby dry skin". My daughter (not biracial, just turned 6 months) and for the first several months she had very dry skin and lots of cradle cap that flaked off all the time. I just put lotion on her regularly which helped but really only for while it was on. Her cheeks were red and scaly a lot even from being dry. Anyway, she eventually just outgrew it and now I never really put lotion on her but she finally has that baby soft skin. So I say just use one that you think is good that doesn't give her a rash and wait a couple months to see if she outgrows it. Good luck! S.

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D.S.

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Hello J.: I am thrilled for your family to have a new little one. You might consider an old skin care product called bag balm. It works for so many things. Anything for a diabetic cream would also work well or for porisis. They are both very drying conditions and the lotions are both protective and for moisture.
Any of these things can be purchased at walgreens or any store. Good Luck, finding what works for you. Keep in mind that what works now may not work for more than a year so keep a handy list to work from. Enjoy the great adventure of parenthood, Nana G

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T.G.

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Aveeno fragrance free lotion and body wash for babies. I use it for my son he is Mexican, Russian,Polish and African American. I have found it is the only product that his sensitive skin can handle. His eczema was gone in one day of using the products. He is 13 months old. Aquaphor is also good for drool rash.

K.O.

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Arbonne ABC baby line. Natural, fragrance free. I use it with my kids who have super sensitive skin and develop rashes over everything.

www.arbonne.com

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R.K.

answers from San Francisco on

it sounds like your baby is multiracial, not biracial!

try products with no fragrance. burt's bees is great but often has artificial perfumes in it. look for something with organic oils (i use organic olive oil on my multiracial child's skin)and beeswax, and if her skin is very dry maybe a little added lanolin would help. those three ingredients may do the trick. do an internet search or visit your local health food store, but most importantly read the ingredients. avoid anything synthetic, or anything drying (which could include essential oils).

good luck!

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R.F.

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My 6mo daughter has extremely sensitive skin to the point that she gets a rash from most everything (even organic, non-toxic stuff). She also has eczema! The only and best hydrating cream I have found that works is Cetaphil moisturizing CREAM. I WISH I could find a truly organic/natural product that works as well so I'll be on the look out for recommendations here.

GL

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M.S.

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J.,

I know how hard it is to find the right products. My children are biracial too-- I use Gaia-- You can go to www.gaiaskinnaturals.com for more information. Its all natural, it smells great and it isn't oily!

Good luck,

Molly

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K.H.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi. I use pure shea Butter on my son's skin and hair.

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J.D.

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Your baby must be gorgeous!! My kids are biracial too - Aquaphor does the job for us.

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T.P.

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If you really want to go totally natural and get the best for your baby, try making your own. Remember that the skin is the largest organ of your body. Anything that goes on it also gets absorbed into your system. If you use food grade ingredients, then you should be fine. Try mixing a combination on olive oil, flax seed oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil. You can start small and see if it works. Store it in a wide-mouth jar and in the fridge; it doesn't have any preservatives and will spoil if left out too long (months). Then just scoop a little out at a time and rub it on. No fragrance, no preservatives, no parabins, and no clogging. Good luck!

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