How To Treat Facial Allergies/Dermatitis At Home
The last 2 weeks have been brutal for my skin. I did a salt scrub followed by Vitamin C and ended up having a bad reaction. My face was super raw, bumpy, and had scaly patches. Ugh. To top it off allergies made my eyes very sensitive and I’m guessing I ended up getting product in the outer corner of one of my eyes and it was swollen, the skin was broken, bumpy, leaking, and all things horrible. Needless to say my makeup and skincare regimes all went out the window. Now, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share how I treat allergic reactions/dermatitis when I use the wrong beauty product(s).
Rule #1: Be extremely gentle! Use a very mild, gentle face wash with no active ingredients. I’m talking Cetaphil, Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar, Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick, Dove, etc.
Rule #2: Treat the bumps/itch/scaly patches with any of the options listed below.
Cold milk: Soak a cotton pad with milk and apply it to the rash. The cold instantly soothes the itch and somehow the milk heals the bumps.
Fresh aloe vera: Cut off a stem and apply the sticky, clear substance to the affected areas. Once this dries, your face will feel tight and perhaps dry, but do not apply other products on top.
Oatmeal + Milk: Make an oatmeal mask with milk and apply to face. I prefer to blend my oats into a powder so the mask adheres better and I’m not dropping oats all over the place.
*If your skin is broken and leaking clear fluid that dries into a crust then do not use what I just suggested. Cleanse the affected area with a gentle soap, pat dry, and apply a layer of Vaseline. The Vaseline helps to keep the broken skin moisturized so that any fluid or pus that leaks will not dry and form a crust on the skin, causing further pain/irritation. Keep a close eye and if this does not get better in a couple days then it’s best to visit a doctor.
Rule #3: Wait it out and do not touch! Your skin will take some time to heal so let it do its thing! Don’t touch and do not wear makeup. No matter how gross you feel and how bad it looks, do not put makeup on. It will only make it worse or slow down the healing process.
Once my skin shows signs of healing and about 70% of the irritation has gone down, I begin a very moisturizing, gentle regimen to help my skin come back to life. This time around I used Klair’s Supple Preparation Facial Toner as my first layer of moisture. It’s extremely gentle and did not irritate my already messed up skin.
Next up I applied COSRX’s Snail Mucin Essence for my main moisturizer.
I added Yu-Be’s Moisturizing Skin Cream on areas that needed more attention and found that it helped to heal the rough, scaly patches overnight.
When I wanted to max out my skin’s moisture levels, I added a layer of COSRX’s Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask.
Using this combination of products helped heal my skin and brought it back to life. The key is to be gentle and use moisturizing, healing products. I’m not a doctor and I do not claim that this will work for everyone, but this is how I’ve always treated my skin allergies. If you know of a different method then please leave a comment!