Allergy Alert! Products I Have Had Allergic Reaction to

Hey there, how’s everyone on Wednesday? We’re halfway through the week, and usually after Wednesday time passes in a blur for me, so I guess that’s good news!

I know that allergies are complicated, and just because I have been allergic to something doesn’t mean everybody will. Therefore, this post is there mostly as reference for myself and anyone who might want to take this into consideration. I do suffer from allergies, but it’s mostly my nose. Drastic changes in weather and animals (which is ironic. I found out about it after owning two cats for 5 years, but of course I’m not giving them away) could make my nose stuffy and runny. My skin is a bit sensitive, but it hasn’t reacted badly to an awful lot of products. That’s why I also think the products I have reacted badly to deserve some mentioning…

1. MAC Fertile eyeshadow. I adore purple eyeshadows (as you guys have probably found out by now), and Fertile looked like another dream one for me, so I was excited when I got it in swap! The color is indeed nice, but it is a bit hard to blend. I can’t remember if I had any pigmentation issue because to my horror, Fertile made my eyelids BUBBLE UP! I had never previously reacted to any eyeshadows, so it was a shock when the parts of my lids to which I had applied Fertile started bubbling up. I ended up having to show up for my date with no makeup, and the swelling finally went down after 6-7 hours. I repeat, MAC or not, I had never previously reacted to an eyeshadow. I’ll have to steer clear from it for the rest of my life.

2. Avene Cleanance Soap-free Gel Cleanser. OH MY GOD THIS STUFF BREAKS ME OUT! I have combination skin and occasional acnes, and I used to buy pharmaceutical cleansers that help keep excess sebum under control. I noticed an increased amount of acnes after using this cleanser. At first I thought it was the change in season so I used some other products to keep the acnes under control. I left for a long trip soon afterwards and didn’t want to take the almost full bottle with me, so I purchased L’Occitane Foaming Rice Cleanser (which became my HG) at the airport and stuck with that instead. My skin pretty much went back to normal, but up till that point I didn’t suspect it was THIS that caused the problems. I thought I’d go back to it when my bottle of L’Occitane was running out, and I was still naive enough not to have suspected this when I started breaking out BADLY again. My roommate was surprised, shocked, and concerned — he had never seen me with so many bad acnes ever and he had known me for 6 years. That says something! At a certain point I finally remembered I was using this bottle of cleanser the last time I had a bad breakout. I stopped using it and my skin snapped back to normal in a day or two. It was dramatic! I had never ever reacted to ANYTHING like this in my entire life. Again, I’m not saying everyone should stay away from this, but I’m DEFINITELY not repurchasing! Ended up throwing the bottle away when I moved.

I will keep updating the list if I turn out to be allergic to anything else again. How about you? Have you reacted badly to any makeup/skincare products? Do share the experience!

EDIT 12th January 2012

3. Korres Olive and Rye Night Cream. I received a sample of this, and the first time I used it I found the texture surprising. It looks like a cream, but once applied the cream melts into oil. The oil was absorbed after a while, so it wasn’t too greasy or anything. However, the next day some big and angry acne developed on my face! I suspected this cream because it was the only new thing I was trying out, so I switched back to the Caudalie one I am using at the moment, and the acne went down. However, since I planned to put this in the blog, I didn’t want to accuse the innocent. Therefore, once the acne went down completely I gave it a second try. The same thing happened. Granted I probably don’t need an anti-ageing and firming cream yet, my past experience with richer creams didn’t really lead to angry breakout. Maybe I’ll give it another try in several years when I do need an anti-ageing cream, but in the meantime the rest of the sample is going in the bin.