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Allergic Reaction To Makeup

I bought this makeup about six months ago. Tried a little under my eyes and the next day I woke up with my eyes a little swollen. I thought maybe it was the makeup but I wasn't sure and I put it away. 

Yesterday I was going to lunch with a group of friends saw the makeup and figured maybe last time I tried it it was a fluke. I used it all over my face and under my eyes. I went to lunch and everything seemed ok.

This morning I woke up and while in the bathroom washing my hands I looked into the mirror and gasped. Both of my eyes were pretty swollen. Much more so than the first time. And the the skin under my eyes was also reddish. 

I called my doctor's office and was able to get in a couple of hours later. Some of the swelling had come down but enough remained that the doctor could still see it. I'd also taken some pictures shortly after I woke up and I showed him one of them.

He said I could use claritin benadryl and alaway eye drops which was my plan. He said I could use a cool compress too if I wanted. He asked if I wanted a shot of prednisone. I managed to talk him out of it. But I compromised and said if the swelling didn't go away or was bad tomorrow morning again I'd come in and he could give me the shot then. 

That was almost 5 hours ago. My eyes are still swollen. It looks like they're the same as when I saw my doctor. I really hope I don't have to go back in tomorrow morning for that shot of prednisone. I just had one in January in the emergency room for a different allergic reaction.

The other thing my doctor told me was to keep (but never use again) the makeup that I reacted to. He said I should bring it to my allergist and tell him what happened. He said maybe we can try to figure out what compound in the makeup I was allergic to. 

Allergies aren't fun. Medications and side effects aren't fun either. And I learned a couple of really important lessons. One was to switch to all natural makeup. And the other was to always always always look up any ingredients I don't recognize. Because if you've ever looked at the ingredients on cosmetics you know it's a lot of big scientific words that most of us aren't familiar with.

For example when I looked up the second ingredient it said it can cause irritation and swelling. And I was deeply disturbed when I saw one of the ingredients was an ingredient also found in plexiglass.

 

 

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  • Melissa G

    Wow, Amma! That is terrible! How are you doing this evening? Buying cosmetics is hard because you just don't know how well you will tolerate them. We buy quite a bit of our cosmetics from Ulta because if you can't wear it or don't like it, you can return it! 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I guess you really have to take precautions now and check ingredients. Try and find out which ingredient(s) caused this reaction. 

    I stopped wearing any and all make up over 5 years ago due to my asthma and COPD. It is not healthy for my skin because I had developed psoriasis and eczema due to my illnesses. Plus, my docs can more easily tell my condition by seeing my skin…and my entire face, without make up. 

    Some make up could have a close to the date expiration date. I have read tgat make up that has been open can "go bad" after a certain amount of time. Just a thought. Hope your problem clears up and that you find a solution!  😉

    Debbie

  • Breatheeasy

    I have skin reactions to anything that has dust. So I can’t do make up. I am on an anti histamine and I might have to be on it. The anti histamine helps keep my skin reactions to a minimum

  • Melissa G

    Breatheeasy, that is great that the antihistamine keeps your skin reactions down. Which antihistamine do you take?

  • Amma

    @Melissa G My eyes were still swollen the next day but not to the point that I felt like I needed to go back to my doctor for that shot of prednisone. It took about two and a half days before all of the swelling was gone.

    I guess what this reaction did was open my eyes to the ingredients in cosmetics. It was pretty shocking when I started looking up what the ingredients were. I still can't get over the one that's an ingredient that's found in plexiglass. 

  • Amma

    @Deborah Bartlett I can totally understand why you stopped wearing makeup. I don't wear it that often as it is so I'm pretty disappointed that the one time I actually wear it out this happens. 

    My doctor suggested taking the makeup to my allergist to try to find out which compound I reacted to. In the meantime I've decided to switch to all natural makeup. There is a health food store not far from me that has some. I want to go check it out.

  • Breatheeasy
    Melissa G posted:

    Breatheeasy, that is great that the antihistamine keeps your skin reactions down. Which antihistamine do you take?

    I get hives and eczema. Allegra helps keep them down. It might help with the swelling but you might still see a slight swelling. But every one is different so I don’t know.

     

  • Breatheeasy

    I now use Claritin but it is not as effective as xyzal or Allegra. And you’re not supposed to take an antihistamine with fruit juice it’s best to take it with water if you don’t already. Fruit juice can decrease its effectiveness .

  • Deborah Bartlett
    Breatheeasy posted:

    I now use Claritin but it is not as effective as xyzal or Allegra. And you’re not supposed to take an antihistamine with fruit juice it’s best to take it with water if you don’t already. Fruit juice can decrease its effectiveness .

    That's a good point. Maybe some people weren't aware of the fruit juice. ✔

  • Deborah Bartlett
    Amma posted:

    @Deborah Bartlett I can totally understand why you stopped wearing makeup. I don't wear it that often as it is so I'm pretty disappointed that the one time I actually wear it out this happens. 

    My doctor suggested taking the makeup to my allergist to try to find out which compound I reacted to. In the meantime I've decided to switch to all natural makeup. There is a health food store not far from me that has some. I want to go check it out.

    I guess at this point it's best to check the ingredients on any and all cosmetic products. Your health food store may have something safe for you to use.

    I am relieved that I stopped wearing make up .I have so many little problems…I don't want to cause myself to have more. LOL! 

  • Deborah Bartlett
    Amma posted:

    @Deborah Bartlett I can totally understand why you stopped wearing makeup. I don't wear it that often as it is so I'm pretty disappointed that the one time I actually wear it out this happens. 

    My doctor suggested taking the makeup to my allergist to try to find out which compound I reacted to. In the meantime I've decided to switch to all natural makeup. There is a health food store not far from me that has some. I want to go check it out.

    My face reddens at times from Prednisone. Other times my face is as white as paste due to shortness of breath from COPD. I have to be able to see what my skin tone really looks like. I save time and money not wearing make up. Plus, my fingers are starting to club. Applying make up would be another hardship at this point. 

    I stopped wearing nail polish on my fingers and toes 5 years ago. Not healthy for me. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, Amma, hugs on the make-up issues. I've had issues with eczema on my eyelids that is worsened by make-up, especially eye-shadow. My eye doctor suggested I switch to Almay or Clinique. I switched to Almay, and that helped for awhile, and then I had to switch to Clinique.

    Addressing the underlying eczema helped me the most, so definitely talk to your allergist or dermatologist about whether there's something that could be tipping the balance.

    Unfortunately you can become allergic to any substance, although some ingredients are more likely to cause a problem. 

    If you want to go to an all-natural way of make-up, and you don't have food allergies, don't forget about turning your kitchen into your make-up store. Cocoa, berries and rice or cornstarch can be turned into makeup, and I've even made a good hairspray out of sugar and alcohol. 

  • kira

    Amma, have you gone to the health food store to check out the all natural makeup? How are you doing?

  • miri

    I do have food allergies which makes things tricky. But I think I found a decent brand of organic makeup! I don’t wear it often but when I do wear it it would be excellent to not have allergies to it lol! I actually went today. I found a brand that’s natural and even vegan! I was so excited to see it! It seems good so far!