Makeup causing allergic reaction??

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Kellie1109

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Apr 4, 2007
I need help! Until recently I have always used powder makeup, but I decided to give liquid foundation a try. I purchased cover girl smoothers foundation. Applies great and I'm happy with it. The whole time I was wearing it, no problem.

The problem comeswhen I take it off. I scrub my face clean using the same stuff I always use. Clean and clear pads, I use toner sometimes, clean and clear cream, and facial moisturizer. All that stuff has never given me ANY trouble. Once I use the C&C pads though, after about three minutes my cheeks start to feel like they are burning. I look in the mirror and my face looks red. After a few hours the redness goes away.

Does this mean I'm allergic to the foundation? Am I smearing the allergen into my skin deeply when I use the C&C pads, which makes my skin react? Just so confused because while I wear it NO trouble.

I also tried a foundation from studio5ive on someones advice, but that was even worse! It make my eyes swell up, I looked like I had bags under my eyes after just one application. Swelling went down a bit but when I smile it looks like I have bags under my eyes. Any advice?? Any suggestions on what makeup I should buy?

Thanks,
Kellie
Monique Attinger

Windsor, Canada

#2 Apr 19, 2007
If you have allergies or sensitivities, make-up can be a real challenge. I personally buy products from a health food store, which are more expensive but which also avoid the host of chemicals that are used in most drugstore or department store brands.

For foundation, I use a powder from Aveda. I've also used EcoBella liquid foundation.

I have reviewed a number of good skin care products at www.allergyrelief101.com , although I have not yet reviewed a foundation. After reading your challenges, I'll do that next month.
dipa

Chicago, IL

#3 May 8, 2007
I wear mac brand makeup powder foundation i had very bed reaction all over my face if you have any sagation let me know
dipa

Chicago, IL

#4 May 8, 2007
i have one more quation if can give i have red rashes and very small pimpals my doctor told me use hydorcortizone creem for face and farmasist told me that very strong use benadryl original strenght can you sugase me please
dipa

Chicago, IL

#5 May 8, 2007
today i went to my allergy doctor and see priscribe me desonide cream 0.05percent for my face reaction i have rasehes on my face i want to know this medication is right

Thanks dipa
Samantha Delgado

United States

#6 May 26, 2007
I keep having this problem with make-up on my eyes. if i leave it on for to long or simple my eyes give out. The turn realy red the next day and it takes time to go away. Its not pink eye becuase it doesnt spread to anybody Im with. But its a constant drag to not want to show my face on those days. HELP
Charity

Simpsonville, SC

#7 Jul 17, 2008
My daughter had allergic reaction to some play makeup and now her eyes are very puffy underneath and she has a red rash all over, where she scrubed the makeup off. What can I do to make this go away? Is there a over the counter cream that I can use on her face for this? HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!
Thanks Charity
catherine

Edmonton, Canada

#8 Aug 13, 2008
well I had a similar reaction to some prescriptives dermabrasion cream and my eyelids became swollen and itchy then red and cracked..i used jo malone vitamin e gel and it went away...then 6 mos later it came back after i used some cheap body scrub ,,,ran out of the jo malone and finally found a product [all natural] called derma med and in 3 days my eyes are almost better [after 6 weeks of no eyemakeup]....
Anitha

Brisbane, Australia

#9 Sep 15, 2008
Im allergic to foundations as well.. I never had white acne earlier to using foundation.. but once I used it, I got my face populated with white acne in the chin & cheek region.. its been months & I havn gotten rid of them.. HELP ME PLZZZZZZZ....
Mina

New York, NY

#10 Oct 23, 2008
For the first time..I'm having an allergic reaction under my eyes. I've been using Proactiv...three step for yrs. now and never had this problem. So, the only thing I can think of is either the Bare Escentiuals or Application brush...when I apply the powder..under my eyes. I haven't cleaned the brush since I got it...long ago and always wet it before using it. Also, I was thinking it could be one of the small eye brushes...which I never clean..like we all should. However, my under eyes itch, burn, are swollen and the skin looks infected. I got some benadryl cream and have been applying it for the past two days...but it's not doing much. PlEASE HELP!!! WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF THIS? IT'S REALLY ANNYONING & UNCOMFORTABLE. TKS
Amy

Dallas, TX

#11 Apr 27, 2009
I had a really bad reaction in my eye area from something that I was using on my face.
I have been using something called Traumeel gel, which is awesome! It's an all natural product, that I got from Whole foods. It's an anti-inflamatory, so it reduces the puffyness, and helps to soothe the rash and itchyness around my eyes. Now, I just wish I could figure out what is causing this.
Haj

Manchester, UK

#12 May 26, 2009
Hi everyone, Ive done alot of research on skin make up, acne and recently alergies. My advise is initially when you get a break-out wash your face and remove the make up, Take an anti-histamine to calm the skin down and then avoid using all creams and all make ups for a couple of days. Use something weak like vaseline for dry skin. Alot of make ups are the casue of your skin problems and the only make up i would recomend is Jane Iredale. Look it up its expensive but will not cause skin reactions. Good luck.
Vanessaa

AOL

#13 Jul 2, 2009
hello,
I had the same problem i used to wear maybelline age defying makeup, i liked it cause it really covers up good, i ran out so i bought something cheaper the cover girl foundation the cheap bottles for like 3 dollars. i wore it for 4 months pretty much everyday, and i noticed how my skin got terrible, it got really dry i started gettin pimples and warts, which is very rarely i get anything on my skin. and all of the sudden i got a realllyy red rashh! and it would come back, i thought it was probably a food allergy, but after not using it for ever i found out it was the damn make up. i threw it out, covergirl makes really bad makeup, never buying anything from them in my life again!
Linda

Ponte Vedra, FL

#14 Jul 28, 2009
Hi - I have been reading some of these posts. I have allergies to blue and red dyes which I have known about for a few years (after my eyes from by browns to cheekbones swelled up like I had been in a boxing match - not a pretty site trust me). I have now evidently developed an allergy to something else that I have been wearing and am not wearing any make up at all for the past couple of days except a little tinted moisturizer and some mascara. I know, I know, I probably shouldn't wear anything, but I don't want to scare anyone. In any event, I have written down things you all have used Jo Malone vitamin e gel, derma med, trumeel gel and Jane Iredale. All of which I am not sure where to get, but will try to google and find. If there is anything else out there that you all have tried and you know it to work, please pass along. I am certainly not as bad as I was a few years ago as now I know the early signs and stop using products as soon as those surface, but my eyelids are pretty swollen and the skin under my eyes is red and crackly and I look like I have 5 pound bags under my eyes. Nothing like aging 15 years over night - argh! Thanks for any insight or input.
Mol

Boston, MA

#15 Aug 27, 2009
Samantha Delgado wrote:
I keep having this problem with make-up on my eyes. if i leave it on for to long or simple my eyes give out. The turn realy red the next day and it takes time to go away. Its not pink eye becuase it doesnt spread to anybody Im with. But its a constant drag to not want to show my face on those days. HELP
Sounds like you have an allergic conjunctivitis caused by an allergy to something in your mascara. Try "la femme cake mascara", it worked for me
Mol

Boston, MA

#16 Aug 27, 2009
Linda wrote:
Hi - I have been reading some of these posts. I have allergies to blue and red dyes which I have known about for a few years (after my eyes from by browns to cheekbones swelled up like I had been in a boxing match - not a pretty site trust me). I have now evidently developed an allergy to something else that I have been wearing and am not wearing any make up at all for the past couple of days except a little tinted moisturizer and some mascara. I know, I know, I probably shouldn't wear anything, but I don't want to scare anyone. In any event, I have written down things you all have used Jo Malone vitamin e gel, derma med, trumeel gel and Jane Iredale. All of which I am not sure where to get, but will try to google and find. If there is anything else out there that you all have tried and you know it to work, please pass along. I am certainly not as bad as I was a few years ago as now I know the early signs and stop using products as soon as those surface, but my eyelids are pretty swollen and the skin under my eyes is red and crackly and I look like I have 5 pound bags under my eyes. Nothing like aging 15 years over night - argh! Thanks for any insight or input.
Try "everyday minerals". They have great inexpensive mineral powders and have been offering free kit samples(you just pay shipping),. Worked like a charm for me. They have awesome reviews on makeupalley.com . I, m allergic to most everything and liquid foundations just do not work.
You might want to look at what your washing your face with, my derm recommended vanicream as a moisturiser which i like alot.
Red eyes suck

Frankfort, IL

#17 Aug 31, 2009
I think I might be allergic to eye makeup. My eyes turn this shade of light red (it looks like I have some sort of pink eye..which I don't!) but it doesn't turn red when I don't have makeup on. It doesn't hurt though. And I don't want to stop using makeup. My friends do the same makeup style as me too but nothing happens to them. I don't know what to do about it, please help! Any tips?
julie

Vernon Hills, IL

#18 Jan 29, 2010
I have had a recent allergy to sunscreen that is labeled, for sensitive skin. The itchy bumps and stinging from 1 vacation turned into oozing, burning, blisters on the next trip before I figured it out. Now I realize these same sunscreen ingredients are also in moisturizer and foundation. I am on the hunt for new products. I have been raw and a mess for weeks now. But at least I finally know what caused it. Beware of some sunscreen ingredients!
julie

Vernon Hills, IL

#19 Jan 29, 2010
Just saw the posting about Vanicream...didn't know it was a moisturizer, but my doctor told me to use it as a sunscreen (spf 35) since the other ingredients were causing blisters. I looked and felt like I had acid on my face (from Aveno and Neutrogena spf 70...who would have thought?). I bought it this week, but haven't used it yet until my face heals. Such a bummer to be on vacation and have this happen. Vanicream sounds like it might be my solution though!
alex

Garland, TX

#20 Feb 28, 2010
Red eyes suck wrote:
I think I might be allergic to eye makeup. My eyes turn this shade of light red (it looks like I have some sort of pink eye..which I don't!) but it doesn't turn red when I don't have makeup on. It doesn't hurt though. And I don't want to stop using makeup. My friends do the same makeup style as me too but nothing happens to them. I don't know what to do about it, please help! Any tips?
hi,my names alex and im 11.i have the same problem and i have had this on BOTH eyes for about a moth

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