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Body Wash by DreamSideOut

In 2016, I was diagnosed with atopic dermatitis on my face. One of the things I was told not to do was to wash my face frequently with soap and water. I have oily skin, so I still needed to clean my face about every 4 hours. I tried gentle facial cleansers, but I couldn’t find a gentle cleanser that didn’t have chemicals, preservatives, or artificial scents, all of which can also aggravate atopic dermatitis.

I became interested in the mobile lifestyle in 2015 and soon discovered YouTube channels by those who live the mobile lifestyle. One of the individuals I discovered is Rick who has the DreamSideOut channel. In one of his videos, Rick talks about how he keeps clean when he doesn’t have access to a shower. He uses a combination of hydrogen peroxide, water, and a few drops of essential oil.

I began using Rick’s body wash solution to clean my face in 2017 and the results were favorable. My face was not irritated at all by the solution.

Supplies:
  • 32-ounce spray bottle (I like the ZEP professional spray bottle, available at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
  • Washcloth
Ingredients:
Directions:
  1. Add 25-30 drops of essential oil to the bottle.
  2. Add just over 10 ounces of hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water.
  4. Cover the bottle opening tightly with the palm of your hand and shake, or turn upside down several times, to mix.

If you choose to use a different size spray bottle, the hydrogen peroxide and water ratio is 2 parts water to 1 part hydrogen peroxide (1/3 hydrogen peroxide, 2/3 water).  You’ll also need to adjust the amount of essential oil to use, but you’ll have to experiment or work out a formula based on the amount I suggested for a 32-ounce spray bottle.

You’ll need to keep the bottle in a dark place because light quickly degrades hydrogen peroxide. If you don’t want the hassle of storing the bottle in a dark location, you could try using a white spray bottle.

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Updated on 2019-04-05

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