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Old 11-06-2007, 01:51 PM   #1
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Eyeshadow allergy?

Hi there

Can anyone help me?

I seem to have developed some kind of allergy to eye shadow. The past three times I've worn it (all different brands: Bobbi Brown, Nars and Clinique), my eyelids have become very swollen the day after, and in the crease of my eyelid the skin has become really dry and scaley. It's very itchy too.

The first time the swelling went down quite quickly and the scaley skin disappeared after a few days. This time it's taking much longer to go away and the scaley skin is much redder.

I can't understand what's going on...I've worn make up for 20 years and never had any kind of reaction like this. My skin has always been oily, and I've been able to wash it with anything and everything.

I have noticed that in the past 5 years or so it's become much drier (I'm 37 now, although people still think I'm about 10 years younger). I've been through quite a stressful time over the past few years, and I've been especially stressed over the past year (working very hard, and I also haven't had any time off at all for the past 18 months).

Please help! I have no idea what's happening, what's causing it, if it's going to go away again...I'm really confused, and it's getting me down.

 
Old 11-06-2007, 03:55 PM   #2
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Re: Eyeshadow allergy?

Am betting it was a pink or purple shade...very common with those colors. Even Clinique does it with me. The only brand I can wear is Prescriptives. And I use an eyeshadow base, then plain face powder then the eye shadow.

 
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:59 PM   #3
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Re: Eyeshadow allergy?

The same exact thing has recently happened to me and I've been wearing eye shadow for over 30 years!! Why did this just start happening? What can I do to stop the dry scaling, red swollen eyelids? I wear contacts, so it's extremely annoying. I thought it was age related, not an allergy. Help!

 
Old 11-06-2007, 07:20 PM   #4
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Re: Eyeshadow allergy?

Hey all:

I worked in the cosmetics department for years and have heard many stories from people who say the exact same things as you. I suggest looking into makeup that says it is hypoallergenic. The first company that comes to mind is Almay. It is for those with sensative skin.

Hope I was able to help.


 
Old 11-06-2007, 08:44 PM   #5
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Re: Eyeshadow allergy?

Use a cortisone cream to help on the affected areas. Almay is good..just not as much selection as Prescriptives for me. And as I said before, even Clinique did that to my eyelids! I'e learned to just stick with the one brand for everything and I don't have to worry.

 
Old 11-07-2007, 01:56 AM   #6
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Re: Eyeshadow allergy?

Thanks guys. It is a comfort knowing that I'm not the only one out there, but I'm sorry you guys are going through the same thing, it's not very nice

It was a pink shade!
First time: Nars, some kind of dark grey, slightly sparkly colour
Second time: Bobbi Brown, Rose Gold
Third time: Clinique, Apricot, a shimmery shade.

So, if I try putting a base on, and then some powder, it might prevent it? I'll definitely give it a try

Cortisone cream - I'd be interested in knowing more about it - your experience of it, what it does and what the side effects are...

I got what sounds like some good advice from the herbalist when I went to get some cream to try and help the dryness/itching. The lady behind the counter suggested making sure I was drinking lots of water (I know I don't drink nearly enough) and making sure I was getting enough fatty acids in my diet (which I also know I'm not getting enough of - all the work I've been doing over the past year and my diet has suffered). Anyway, I'm back taking Starflower Oil as of yesterday. I took it for good few months some years ago, and people commented on my amazing skin - it made a huge difference to it.

Here's hoping this goes away, for you guys too...


 
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Re: Eyeshadow allergy?

Well, I can't wear anything but Prescriptives in a pink/purple tone. No matter what I do, I'll still get itchy/swollen eyelids. Even Clinique did it to me and it's hypoallergenic too. It's just trial and error.

 
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