I'm right there with you! I don't break out, but my skin has become so dry, and my hair is too. For me I think it's sulfates in soaps, and I can't seem to find anything that works. All natural shampoos strip my hair. I've had "some" success with Giovani shampoos........some. Lotions don't help! I've been using Cetaphyl bar soap in the shower, and the liquid for hand soap, but have you seen the ingredients list? It's not much better! But it isn't AS harsh on my skin as soaps with sulfates. SO frustrating!
Have you tried Castile soap for shampoo, body wash and hand soap? That works really well for my family and me. You do need to follow up with an acidic rinse for your hair though, as castile soap is alkaline. My mom and I have incredibly dry skin, so I add a little bit of glycerin and coconut oil to the castile soap. I'm using the castile soap as hand soap too.
Count me in too. Other people's air fresheners and perfumes make me sneeze and sneeze and sneeze some more. And I sneeze in multiples...minimum of three up to six without taking a breath. And I may do 2-3 rounds in a row. And my eyes and nose run. Just standing next to someone who's wearing perfume can set me off. I've gotten to the point where I'm pretty blunt about it with people...when I start sneezing people tend to stop and watch, it can be quite a spectacle. If someone makes a comment about me being allergic to something, I have no hesitation about saying "yeah, your perfume".
It has been way better since I switched from Claritan to Zyrtec though. I do have to use hypoallergenic laundry detergent and body wash otherwise I get blotchy and itchy. A couple months ago I couldn't find the body wash I use anywhere and had to get something different. At the same time I had been taking a break from the meds. I got really itchy, when I started the Zyrtec again I found it helped the itchies too. Finally found the body wash and bought 8 bottles. Don't want to deal with that again for a looooooong time.
Tell me about it! I've been around some people who I swear bathe
in their perfume. One time about ten minutes after being around someone who was wearing perfume I had a rash all over and I felt like I was absolutely burning up with a fever, but my temp. was normal.
I'm now making my own laundry detergent too. Even the All Free and Clear detergent starting making me break out. Not as bad as with a scented or dyed product, but still.
I forget, is Zyrtec prescription only? I've been taking Benedryl, but it makes me very drowsy. If I take it before bedtime I wake up feeling like a dead weight and my head feels strange.
I guess there's a lot of people with this issue! Count me in, too.
I used to be able to wear perfume and use ordinary laundry soap and such. Not any more...All of us in the family have gotten pretty sensitive over time. The "no" list includes sodium laurel sulfate, synthetic fragrances, tap water with too much chlorine, perfume, scented candles, Windex, those sheets for the dryer, etc. etc.
Luckily, we seem to be fine with most naturally-sourced fragrances (lavender, mint, thyme etc.) and natural oils. Thank goodness for Trader Joes - most of their products work for us and are affordable...
I so wish I had a Trader Joes! The closest one is an hour and a half away.
I have to order on Vitacost or Amazon or wherever I can find stuff the cheapest. Last order for EOs and carrier oils we placed with Mountain Rose Herbs. They are reasonably priced for organic oils. I know if it wasn't organic it would be cheaper but I have found that some oils I break out to if they aren't organic. *sigh* Just adding one more complicated thing to my list of what to look for. For instance, I will
break out if I use coconut oil that is not organic. But with organic coconut oil I'm perfectly fine.
Ya know, even some "natural" stuff we have to be careful with. My mom purchased Burt's Bees baby wash for my little brother and he broke out horribly after the first use and it made his skin really dry and scaly feeling. I'm not sure what was in it that caused it, but after switching to castile soap he cleared up.