If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might remember the week I went without make up. I was having an allergic reaction where my eyes would puff up for a few days then chap as they healed, making me look like a zombie or some sort of reptile-lady.
This September I had a HUGE reaction when I came back from the UK. My eyes swelled up for several days. I went to a walk-in clinic , then an allergist, then I was then referred to a dermatologist who would, for $250, do a cosmetic patch test to find out exactly what I was allergic to. I bit the bullet and paid out of pocket as this isn’t covered by Canadian health care.
After two days of having this large patch work of common North American cosmetic ingredients on my back and waiting a week for the results I finally knew what I was allergic to.
The first three are chemicals mostly used to preserve the life of products the last one is the kicker. It’s a plant family that includes: sunflower, camomile, arnica, chrysanthemums, artichoke, echinacea, marigold and many others.
It turns out that camomile is in nearly every eye cream and sunflower is in nearly every shampoo. Sigh.
My hunt is on for skin care, make-up and hair products that don’t contain any of the ingredients I’m allergic to. Many people have suggested I use “organic” products, which is all fine and dandy except that those products main ingredients are the things I’m the most allergic to.
It’s a relief to finally know what I’m allergic to, but I know this is just the beginning of a difficult journey, aka first world problem. I’ll keep you posted.
If any of you have any tips or know any good products I should use let me know in the comments below.