Does your skin need an elimination diet?

Elimination diet for skinIt’s an unexpected suggestion from the founder of a beauty company, but Adina Grigore suggests that women stop using skin-care products. Especially if they have unexplained skin-care sensitivities.

“Sometimes people don’t realize that all the things they’re doing to make their skin better are actually making it worse,” says Grigore, who studied nutrition and personal training before creating Sprout Skincare, a cool line of seven all-natural skin-care products that she makes by hand.

“Overusing products, washing the skin too often, and slathering the skin with chemically based ingredients can cause problems,” says Grigore, whose own sensitive, freak-out-prone skin was inspiration for Sprout. Hence the no-frills products, like a three-ingredient cleanser with organic tea tree oil that’s non-drying ($24) and a toner that zaps excess oil with raw apple cider vinegar, floating particles and all ($24).

Sprout SkincareWhile Grigore was in nutrition school, she experimented with simple formulas made from kitchen ingredients. After graduation, she led seminars on how to make the products. “But people wanted to buy them instead!” says Grigore, whose products top out at $32.

Ingredients are fastidiously sourced from small farms and the Union Square Green Market, or fair-trade cooperatives, like the unrefined shea butter from Togo that goes into Sprout Cream ($32), a best-seller.

adina founder of SproutGrigore also does some cosmetic counseling for those suffering over the state of their skin. Often, she suggests clients ditch products altogether—even cleanser—and wash with water alone to hone in on what’s actually causing the problem.

After that, she reintroduces products attuned to the confirmed sensitivities. (Even if they’re not hers.) Think elimination diet, but for your skin. —Larkin Clark

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Updated: Sept. 22, 2012

12 Comments | ADD YOURS

  1. June 14th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Great article. I have Rosacea prone skin & take periodic breaks from products. I like the sound of these Sprout Products and plan to try.

  2. June 14th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    This makes so much sense! I use Philosophy products, which are great, but contain way too much fragrance. My skin freaks out over everything. If I can get my lazy butt to Brooklyn, I’m definitely gonna try these.

  3. June 14th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I use Sprout cream, it is amazing for every part of the body. Well worth the price.

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  5. June 14th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I def. agree that simple skincare is better. Ever since I started using jojoba oil for pretty much everything – removing makeup, moisturizing…my skin cleared up, and it’s become very supple. I’ve wasted lots of money on expensive products over the years!

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  7. June 15th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    JUST went to the derm yesterday and was told the SAME thing! You’re on to something for sure…

  8. June 20th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Great Article!!!! I also make my own Ayurvedic, all natural skin care products and I really love what Sprout is doing. Replacing your mass produced, chemical ridden face care prodcuts with all natural alternatives is a GREAT way to take charge of your happiness and well being!!!

  9. August 6th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Sprout is an amazing idea, and the products show serious thinking behind their conception.
    I am much older than most of you readers but in my younger years had no skin issues. I use Adina’s products now as my formerly lovely and blemish free skin now suffers more from dryness and flaking. Sprout products are making a huge difference for me. Especially the “All Over Cream”. Adina gave me samples when she first started, and now that she has a website shipping to my home in Tennessee is so easy. I’m so glad I met her.

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