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Everything Possibly Pissing Off My Sensitive Skin

Everything Possibly Pissing Off My Sensitive Skin

I have sensitive skin. I’ve had sensitive skin since I was a child. But lately, it seems to have gotten worse. For example, last Monday, I woke up with my neck, chest and arms covered in hives. Tuesday? Mosquito bites. Which has nothing to do with sensitivity, but it adds to my general irritation and itchiness. Thursday? Eczema. Yes. I had a fantastic week.

To deal with the fact I couldn’t sleep because I was so itchy, I spent the wee hours of the morning checking ingredients on my skincare and makeup to see if I could find anything that could have caused my break outs and other recent skin issues (mostly, excessive dryness and a weird “rash”). And I FOUND some!

TALC

The weird “rash” is a collection of small, bumps on my cheeks and under my eyes. I’m pretty sure it’s not eczema related because it doesn’t itch*. It’s just highly textured skin. Since they weren’t causing me discomfort, I ignored it and assumed it was a side effect of having skin. Until people started asking what caused my “allergic reaction” pointing to my cheeks. Guess it’s not so normal?

When I ran out of my ELF HD Powder, I switched to Ben Nye’s Neutral Set Powder, which has a super simple ingredient list of mostly talc. My skin freaked out. It got insanely dry to the point of peeling and the bumpy patches got darker and started expanding to other areas of my face.

I checked my blush collection to see if my favorites had talc in them and they all did. Which could explain the patches on my cheeks. As for the eye bumpies? My under eye concealer and under eye setting powder also contained talc. Great. Just great.

(CERTAIN) ALCOHOLS

I didn’t realize a lot of my dryness problems were because of my toner until I started testing Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner. After using it for just a few days, I noticed a huge improvement in my skin. It stopped feeling “tight” and dry and my skin seemed to hold moisture better. Please note, not all alcohols are bad. Fatty alcohols like cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol are generally considered non-irritating and good for drier skin types.

FRAGRANCE

I generally avoid any products that are heavily perfumed – they tend to give me migraines. I’ve kept an eye on skincare with “fragrance” in it because it’s a very nebulous term with no set definition. As a result, I can’t really predict which “fragrance” would irritate my sensitive skin. Boo.

My current plan of attack? Eliminate all products that contain these ingredients for at least one month. If everything clears up or starts to clear up, I’ll continue avoiding these products. If nothing changes? I’m going to need a trip to the dermatologist…I’ll keep you posted!

Do you have sensitive skin? Anything else I should be avoiding? Tell me in the comments!

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