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.