Ok so this isn’t just about my face, it’s about my skin as a whole. But as the face is on show all the time it is what bothers me the most.
Some may have seen me recently without a scrap of make up on- I’ve not worn any since the 28th January. This is really difficult as I love make-up, especially red lipstick and may of my friends and acquaintance’s associate this with me.
It was always on the manageable side, just in the crack of my elbows, but by the time I was 25 it started to spread everywhere. At the time I worked for a huge cosmetics company behind the counter in a well known department store in Manchester.
It got to the stage where I had to have time off sick because of my skin. My face looked like I’d had an accident with boiling hot water- I couldn’t stand behind the counter and try and sell beauty products looking like I did- it was putting people off.
Everything I was putting on my skin seemed to make it worse – even simple things like Aloe Vera gel. To cut a long story short I paid for a blood test kit which tests for food allergies- lo and behold Dairy and Eggs were flagged in red. As soon as I cut them out my skin improved. (this is why I’m always on about vegan baking).
It hasn’t ever been the same since though- hypersensitive, sometimes even just to water and when I get a flare up my face is often the first and worse to show it- looking like I’ve been beaten up or had a awful accident (the skin around my eyes puffs up so its a great look).
Since then I’ve had blood tests on the NHS- results of that one showed an allergy to dogs which I already knew about. I’ve also had two lots of patch tests done one about two years ago and the other in January this year.
I’m basically allergic to most things in cosmetics, especially lipstick; lanolin, any kind of perfume or fragrance (including natural things like essential oils), certain kinds of SPF, certain kinds of preservative mainly found in lipsticks and randomly perm solution! Even things I thought were unfragranced/unperfumed are still not safe- the hospital have basically said if it smells nice its probably not safe for me to use.
Big WAH!!!!!!!! Its not that its going to stop me from wearing make-up on an evening out- I’ll probably just have to slather on the steroid cream the next day.
|Skin is amazingly clear and eczema free after two weeks of zero cosmetics except for the hormonal spot!|
I know there are much worse things that could be wrong with me…. At this rate I’ll be starting my own cosmetics line!