Re: SPF Allergy?!

IMG_7847.pngLast week I shared with you guys a recent buy, the Cerave (AM) facial moisturizer with SPF 30. Unfortunately, I noticed that my skin was gradually reacting to the moisturizer around my T-zone and cheeks then by Friday last week I saw that I was starting to breakout! I take care of my skin religiously, from the food I eat and the products I use. This was such a bummer! I immediately washed my face off with my Dove bar soap for sensitive skin and some water to take our the layer of moisturizer I put on in the morning.

Later on, I met up with Tracy from Lipstick & Muffin blog and I was telling her about what had happened. She told me that she had a very similar reaction with some moisturizers or sunscreens that contain SPF over 15 in their formula. I didn’t realize that it was possible to be allergic to SPF! She went on and explained to me that the SPF could have made the moisturizer’s formula thicker, causing my pores to get clogged up. Luckily I was able to return my moisturizer for a refund!

Getting my skin back to its normal state has been quite a long process. To remedy the allergic reaction, I decided to stop wearing make up the following days (more like a week now) to minimize irritation and to make sure that I don’t clog up my pores even more. Also, I continued to wash my face twice a day to wash off any dirt that my skin could have absorbed. Every other day, I again continued with exfoliating my skin with the St. Ives apricot scrub.

Then with a freshly cleaned face, I decided to take some raw honey and put it all over my face like a mask. I left it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Gladly, I woke up the next morning and noticed that the redness around my cheek lessened. During this entire ordeal, I was advised by a young lady at the Face Shop to try to use micellar water or to use a toner to remove any excess product and restore my skin’s pH level. I must say, I have used a toner before and it didn’t really help my skin. I remember it having papaya extract and it left a pretty strong tingling feeling. Perhaps next time I try out a new toner I’ll search for a product that’s recommended for sensitive skin. As for the micellar water, I thought about trying the Garnier version since a lot of people have raved about it. I’m still a little on the fence because I do have normal-sensitive skin.

My Lanocreme moisturizer will be running out shortly and I am looking for a new moisturizer so I wanted to ask you guys and gals if you have any recommendations for a facial moisturizer (for sensitive skin)? Feel free to leave a comment below and share with us your recommendations, or if you just want to say hi!



P.S. I’ve been loving a lot of skin care products from Australia  and New Zealand lately but it’s really hard to find them in Canada. I found my Lanocreme Manuka Honey Day Cream moisturizer at WINNERS and have been searching for it in different locations but they don’t seem to have anymore every time I come by 😦

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