Hello all. I have been eating vegan for about 11 months and switched to vegan, organic hair and skin care products around January. I have tried many different face bars, creams, cleansers and NOTHING works. Either my face feels too waxy or too dry. I started using a calamine face bar from LUSH and alas... I have huge, red, dry, itchy, flaky, thick skin under my nose. My hair looks like complete crap no matter what shampoo and conditioner I use, bar or liquid. I really dont want to poison myself and go back to big box store products but I am SO tired of my face hurting and looking awful and my hair being lifeless, thin, dull, and either too dry or too oily. WHAT DO I DO?
Have you tried coconut oil? It's really gentle! Look for a cold pressed one in a glass jar! I use it on my hair (massage in,depending on hair texture for amount of type,before shampooing it out),on my body,face,sometimes when I eat.
Strangely enough, I had a spot of what I thought was ring worm a few months ago and my doctor gave me some cream for it so I decided to try that under my nose and it worked. Aparently it wasn't ring worm and it was a fungal infection. Idk if I got said fungal infection because I stopped using products with SLS in it or what. From what I can tell the new products I use are not as strong at being an anti-microbial/fungal/bacterial as my old dangerou products. All is well though, hemp shampoo has been doing wonders for me hair. I guess it is all about continuing the search for what works for you on an individual basis. I do have to say though... if you are experience dry, itchy, flaky skin on your face or body go to a dermatologist becuase aparently it could be an infection.
Dry skin and hair can have a number of causes, when it comes to a vegan diet the two most common i find are usually a result of low iodine intake or low essential fatty acids such as omega-3.
Brittle coarse hair and dry skin are common hypothyroid symptoms, unless you consume a little sea vegetables you probably are not getting enough iodine as a vegan in my opinion, most produce contains very little to no iodine due to poor soil conditions.