I seem to be developing allergic rashes to every product I use these days! It started in August when I developed red, swollen lips and a rash in the corners of my mouth from a certain brand of toothpaste. I switched toothpastes a couple of times and found one that I can use. Over the last couple of months, I've developed rashes from body lotions, facial moisturizers, makeup, bar soaps, and toilet paper. I've switched to unbleached toilet paper, which helped a lot, but I've still got some irritation of my genitals and anus (I'm a woman). It gets better when I switch to a new kind of soap, but then I get sensitized to that and I start having problems again. The last soap I tried was unscented, "hypoallergenic" (that term doesn't seem to mean much when it comes to me!) glycerin soap and it made the irritation flare up after a couple of days of use.
Do you have any ideas for what I can use to wash my genitals with that won't make me itch? I used Cetaphil today for the first time, but if I can't use that, I have no idea what I can try next. Have you ever heard of anyone having an allergy to bleached toilet paper? It's a new one on me! And can allergy tests help me identify which chemicals I need to avoid in skin products? I'm frustrated and a little frightened--I keep wondering how bad this is going to get . . . .
Well, I agree that I need to see an allergist, but I don't make a lot of money and I don't have insurance, so that's going to have to wait. I haven't taken any antihistamines because I've been able to eliminate most of my problems by using different products. Now I've just got the genital irritation and it's pretty minor--not worth the unpleasant side effects I get from oral antihistamines. I just need some help figuring out what cleansing products I can try that will be less likely to give me problems. And I would like to understand this situation better; any books or web sites you can recommend would be much appreciated.
I too am allergic to so many thing. Have you tried using glycerin bar soap. You should be able to purchase some at a health food star. It's not that expensive.. Its all natural without any heavy perfumes or dyes etc..
I have also used unscented or mildly scented all natural dish soap for the genital area and have had good results.
Thanks for your suggestions! I tried unscented glycerin soap and had a pretty bad reaction to it, unfortunately (it felt like it was burning my skin). I'm using Cetaphil and that seems to be okay, though I still have a little residual irritation. I'm also using that on my face, as well as Physicians' Formula moisturizer and foundation, and haven't had any problems with those products. I had to switch to a lip balm from the health food store, but otherwise I'm doing okay. I'll keep the dish soap idea in mind in case I start having problems with the Cetaphil.
Thanks again for your help. I really appreciate it.
I've been very sensitive to most commercial type soaps/personal care items for a long time. I know many people use toothpastes sold in health food stores, however I've found the mentadent to be pretty non irritating. As far as tissues, I'd make sure you're not buying the kind w/any softeners/ additives. (kleenex plain or scotties plain have been fine for me). As far as soaps, dove sensitive skin is ok, but I've found the unscented 99cent glycerine bars sold in whole foods etc to be even less irritating - when I want more "scubbing power" I just use a little baking soda with the soap. I'm sens. to all toil tissue, except for the plain (not softened) Scott TP. Hope this helps.
You might also try Basis or Phisoderm bar. Also, I've noticed that the bars made for dry skin sometimes leave an irritating film, and that the normal to oily skin type is sometimes cleaner and does not leave any irritating film.
I think you must be psychic! ;) I was just thinking today that I might have to switch to unbleached tissues since I've started having some itching on my face again. I stopped using the kind with lotion a while ago, but now I think I'm going to go to the unbleached ones, since I've had such good results with the unbleached toilet paper. Thanks so much for all your good ideas--I will definitely try them out.
Do you know of any websites or books that deal with these sorts of problems with multiple allergies? The only stuff I've seen has to do with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and doesn't seem particularly scientific.
Hi there. I'm doing okay, though my face has been a little itchy over the past few days. I'm guessing that's due to the tissues I'm using, so I'm going to switch to unbleached ones and see if that helps.
What I would like now is to understand this situation a little better. Do you know of any websites or books having to do with this kind of extreme sensitivity to skin products? I haven't been able to find any that have a solid scientific foundation. I'm not interested in homeopathy, Reiki, colloidal silver, or any other form of pseudoscience; what I'm looking for is evidence-based information on problems like mine. Do you know of any resources along those lines?
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