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CornChex
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I grew up in Arkansas, and for the past 20 years have lived in Mississippi. I was chatting with a friend here yesterday, and we shared a similar experience in our childhoods. When we were younger, it was quite common to go to the doctor with a skin condition (or have a family member go to the doctor with such a condition) and to have the doctor give the following prescription:
"Go home and wash with a bar of gold Dial soap."

This seems to have been a standard Southern medicine for impetigo, excema, sebborhea, psoriasis, misc. rashes, et. al.

The thing that stuck out in our minds is that it wasn't just a bar of Dial (brand) soap recommended, but a bar of GOLD (color) Dial soap.

Here is my question...any idea why the doctor prescribed GOLD Dial soap? Was this a different formulation, or was their something thought to be medicinal in the dye used to give the soap its golden hue?

Can't wait to hear from you all....

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As I recall the Gold dial soap was the de-oderant kind, so maybe whatever killed the odor would kill the other kinds of germs.
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Dial definitely was antibacterial. When my brother had cancer at age two the doctor at the cancer center in Houston told Mom about Dial soap. I don't remember the color being an issue though. I think we used the blue. I'll have to ask my mother.

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Now that I think of it, Dial deoderent soap only came in gold back when I was a kid. I think there was white Dial soap, but it wasn't anti bacterial. I had forgotten, but the doctors did tell me to use dial gold soap when I had bad acne when I was 12. But that was 40 years ago.
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i'm allergic to dail soap [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by Spryte:
i'm allergic to dail soap [Frown]

Me too...... [Roll Eyes]
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When I had serious skin issues around 7th grade (eczema, impetigo, a brief encounter with skin parasites, and on top of it all, my chicken pox) my dermatologist told me to avoid Dial at all costs as it was the worst possible thing to introduce to my skin at that point. He recommended Dove or Lux. This was in the mid-80s.

Even if Dial is anti-bacterial, that wouldn't do a thing for eczema.

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Ana Ng
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I was very excited to see the new CO Bigelow moisturizing soap in Bath & Body Works. I am a compulsive handwasher, worse when I am lasering people's private parts (with gloves), and I almost always develop dermatitis in the winter.

I can imagine that anti-bacterial properties aside, gold dial would make my poor hands look like chopmeat come October.

Ana

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quote:
Originally posted by Ana Ng:
I am a compulsive handwasher......I almost always develop dermatitis in the winter.

Good thing you don't use Solvol (not sure if it is available in other countries). This is a bar of soap with sand or some other abrasive material in it. You don't wash your hands, so much as sand-blast them.

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LAVA soap was just like it- chock full of ground pumice. Wow, that brings me back. My grandfather used it, and I would sneak into his bathroom and spend ages scrubbing til my poor little child-skin was just begging for mercy. I'm not sure why that makes me so happy!
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Lava soap is still just like that.

But Lava doesn't advertise itself as a household soap, but as one for removing the really nasty, hard to deal with stuff.

Seaboe

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