I recently had a Glycolic Facial treatment with a well known and established beauty salon. The facial was great and I bought 2 products, one of which also contained an amount of glycolic acid. 2 days after the facial I got a reaction on my neck: bumps, redness and itching. Over the next 3 days this has progressively gotten worse and its now all over my face, eye lids,lips and even some on my hands. My face is swollen particularly around my eyes and cheeks. Its very noticeable, unsightly and itchy. So much so that I have taken 2 days off work ( so far). Can anyone recommend how I should be treating this? I have been taking anti histamines and using eurex for the itching.
Will this allergy reverse the benefits of the facial?
Also, is the beauty salon at fault as they never carried out an allergy test - they knew I had sensitive skin from the questionaire I filled out. If so, how should I approach this?
Any help with these questions would be really appreciated.
From the symptoms it looks like contact dermatitis. Avoid using any lotions and creams over the face for the meantime. Wash your skin with a mild cleanser with moisturizing properties like Cetaphil. Pat your face dry. Then apply a good hypoallergenic moisturizer over the area and see if this improves.If the symptoms still persist then you can apply mild steroid like dermacort.Also take antihistaminics like Benadryl or Claritin.
If the irritation persists then pls get it evaluated from a dermatologist.
Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted if you have any additional queries.
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