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Cameron's Curls 04-17-2010 10:09 AM

sensitive skin curlies?
 
hey :)

any curlies here with sensitive skin?

what products do you use?

i have recently turned CG, and have gone and bought lots of new things like conditioners and products etc. i also randomly changed shower gel.

but recently i've been coming out in rashes on my neck arms, and wrists and hands.

i've always had slightly sensitive skin, but all of a sudden i've been covered in rashes and dry patches of skin.

im guessing im reacting to one of the products, but which one im not entirely sure as every single product im using is new.


so, anyone know a particular ingredient that upsets sensitive skin?

anyone here with sensitive skin, what products do you use, that doesn't irritate your skin?

thanks :)

Kelly CurlyQ 04-17-2010 10:26 AM

I know some essential oils, if left on the skin, can be irritants for some people. Some examples are orange oil and even lavender oil. I would check the ingredient deck on your products and see if there are EOs listed; maybe exclude that product from your routine and see if the irritation goes away.

Cameron's Curls 04-17-2010 10:58 AM

aah, ok that makes sense.
i once put tea tree essential oil stuff on my neck to try and heal the rash and i woke up and it was VERY red :!:

so that would make sense ....
i'll go check now ....

Neems 04-17-2010 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by curlypufferfish (Post 1321759)
hey :)

any curlies here with sensitive skin?

what products do you use?

i have recently turned CG, and have gone and bought lots of new things like conditioners and products etc. i also randomly changed shower gel.

but recently i've been coming out in rashes on my neck arms, and wrists and hands.

i've always had slightly sensitive skin, but all of a sudden i've been covered in rashes and dry patches of skin.

im guessing im reacting to one of the products, but which one im not entirely sure as every single product im using is new.


so, anyone know a particular ingredient that upsets sensitive skin?

anyone here with sensitive skin, what products do you use, that doesn't irritate your skin?

thanks :)

Hey I'm so glad I ran across this post. There is an article on Yahoo! Shine about products and ingredients that can be skin irritants. I was surprised to see shea butter on it.

imla 04-17-2010 12:01 PM

I'm allergic to products with citrus oils, sulfur and sea kelp.

cole12 04-17-2010 12:21 PM

I'm not surprised about the shea butter. If it gets on my skin the area gets really red and hot so I tend to not use it.

Sulfur is a big one for me, too. Also too much sodium and sulfates in a product can dry out my skin really bad. Sometimes artificial fragrances will get me too. Other than that I'm not sure what specific ingredients to stay away from but there are certain brands I am careful not to use because my skin gets angry.

MirCurls 04-17-2010 12:46 PM

I've started to have issues this month. I stopped using some products, started using others, to do an elimination and see what's causing it. Got horrible itchies and rash on my neck, back, upper arms and insane itch that had me reaching for Dermarest and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.

I'd hate to have to stop using some of my fave products, but I do think the essential oils or some other of the botanicals are getting to me. I'm allegic to various foods, so it doesn't surprise me. I suspect citrus is a culprit, yeah.

I temporarily stopped using the CIAB and the CCCC Lite, though I love both p roducts, cause I had them in my hair when I got the rash.

I'm still using CJ poo and condish, but I've been styling with Spiral Solutions stuff with no problem.

Once I reintroduce the CIAB and CCCC Lite, if I still get a rash, I'll have to stop using them. Bummer.

I used the Elucence conditioner twice as a precondish in the past week, and no itching. So that one seems safe for me.

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Cameron's Curls 04-17-2010 02:59 PM

yeah, i did think to take away a product at a time and see what ones made a difference, except my skin is taking FOREVER to lose its redness and dryness, so it doesnt make a difference if i dont use the products that irritate my skin, cos its taking ages to repair anyway :(

im a uk curly, so as if my products and conditioners weren't limited enough, but im reacting to the original source tea tree conditioner. it does acutally say on the back that its packed with essential oils and may not be suitable for all skin types so i think thats it ... .

my other conditioner, garnier fructis repair and shine, has heaps of oils in the ingrediants, but im not sure whether they're essiential oils or not ....

Cameron's Curls 04-18-2010 08:17 AM

i have another question ....

what oils are essential oils?
cos one of my conditioners are packed full of oils like palm oil and olive fruit oil etc but im not sure whether they're EO or not.

cos that could be the conditioner thats irritating my skin, if it turns out those oils are EO.

i also have a shower gel, but it doesnt appear to have any EO in it, however it does have shea butter in it. but i have a shea butter facial moisturizer and that doesnt bother me so im not sure. It is full of all these funny chemically things that i dont really know what they are .... - its original source honey and shea butter shower cream btw.


arrrgghh im not sure which of my many products it is!! :S

oddityofwings 04-18-2010 08:58 AM

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Originally Posted by CurlsMia (Post 1321894)
Itís hard to find exactly what it is that is causing a reaction. Sometimes it may be one certain ingredient and other times the combo of several all together.

Process of elimination and then reintroducing one at a time will help but may still be challenge to figure out.

+1. Though there are common allergens (like sulfates, parabens, many essential oils, etc.), that doesn't mean that the common allergens are causing a problem for you. It can, literally, be anything. I'd start by cross-referencing the ingredients in products you were using previously so you can rule out a bunch of common ones. Then make a note of which product has what, where the rash occurs (if it's only on your hands, then it could be just in a styling product), and introduce one new product at a time. Also, if you have any known food allergies, look for related ingredients in your products (eg, if you're sensitive to wheat, then wheat germ oil, wheat protein, and so forth will probably cause problems for you).

Rather than washing with everything and risking full-body hives, do a patch test. Take a little bit of product and rub it into your forearm. Don't rinse it off - just leave it for about 24 hours (or less if it starts itching). If it begins itching, especially if you get hives in the area, then that'll be your problem product. I'd test ALL the new stuff, though, just in case there's a common ingredient in them causing you problems.

Good luck!

subbrock 04-18-2010 10:15 AM

i was just going to post this question regarding my daughter! she has super sensitive skin and ive noticed that she has an itchy rash along her back, shoulders, chest...the places where her hair touches her skin.

are natural products and hypoallergenic products one in the same?

oddityofwings 04-18-2010 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by subbrock (Post 1322468)
i was just going to post this question regarding my daughter! she has super sensitive skin and ive noticed that she has an itchy rash along her back, shoulders, chest...the places where her hair touches her skin.

are natural products and hypoallergenic products one in the same?

Nope - not at all. In fact, many hypoallergenic products contain very few of what most people would consider 'natural'* ingredients (the skincare brand Clinique is a good example of this). 'Natural' products are often more problematic for people with contact allergies than non-natural products. Hypoallergenic means different things in different countries, but normally that means that the product does not contain anything that is a known common allergen. Very few 'natural' products can claim that.

*Natural is relative, however. Everything's made from something, somehow, and most 'chemical' ingredients are derived from 'natural' sources (scare quotes because these are slippery terms). Also, natural isn't necessarily safe - cyanide can be made from almonds and other seeds, arsenic is naturally occurring in many minerals, and so on.

subbrock 04-18-2010 10:51 AM

thank you for explaining that!

redcelticcurls 04-18-2010 11:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by subbrock (Post 1322468)
i was just going to post this question regarding my daughter! she has super sensitive skin and ive noticed that she has an itchy rash along her back, shoulders, chest...the places where her hair touches her skin.

are natural products and hypoallergenic products one in the same?

Sometimes I have to be more careful of natural products because I find them to be more irritating that conventional ones. It tends to be essential oils that can bother me.

Also, for the OP, the preservative methylisothiazolinone can cause skin irritation for some.

Cameron's Curls 04-18-2010 01:40 PM

wow, looks like i've got a lot of testing to do!!

thanks for the replies everyone!! :mrgreen:

MirCurls 04-18-2010 02:23 PM

I totally have more issues with natural products, and that's related to my having a TON of allergies to all sorts of plants, fruits, etc. I have to be careful of stuff that comes from the sea, iodine, it's stressful.

Hypoallergenic means largely little to me, as I've reacted to so many things with "hypoallergenic" on the label even from huge, expensive brands aimed at "sensitive skin" people.

I keep hoping more vendors will offer scent and dye free, as that is always a help and why I take a look at boutique brands when praised.

Cameron's Curls 04-18-2010 02:29 PM

yeah, it suprises me that its the natural products that are the ones that are more likely to irritate skin etc, i thought it would be the chemicals etc that would irritate skin :)
well, maybe i need to have an opposite approach to my usual conditioner finding and look for non natural products, which should help in future.

kasden 04-18-2010 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by curlypufferfish (Post 1322391)
i have another question ....

what oils are essential oils?
cos one of my conditioners are packed full of oils like palm oil and olive fruit oil etc but im not sure whether they're EO or not.

I'm so sorry you're having problems (((HUGS))). Skin problems are miserable!

These are not essential oils. Palm oil, coconut oil, and castor oil are plant triglycerides and are used as anti-humectants. The essential oils I can think of in hair products are grapefruit oil, orange oil, chamomile oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, and tea tree oil. There are others - I just can't think of them now - lol! Here's a list of common ones.

I have a problem with products that are what I think of as "highly fragranced". I don't know why, but I can use any product on my hair/scalp with no problems, but when it gets on the rest of my skin I break out like you do. So - I do my hair in the kitchen sink and have no problems. I shower at night then do my hair every 2-3 days.

You might try using a very gentle, unscented baby wash on your skin until it clears up. Also - hydrocortisone cream really helps.

One other suggestion - you might try making your own FSG. It's great for curly hair and I haven't heard of anyone having any skin sensitivity to it.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!

kathymack 04-18-2010 05:57 PM

I have sensitive, allergic skin. I'm allergic to things like too much sun AND most sun tan lotions! I had reactions to CK, Shea M LI (but not to other shea products), Bioterra products and a few others. Couldn't find a common ingredient. Phyto Defrissant caused my ears to clog up--but that's the only botanical problem. Only EOs that are a problem for me are cinnamon and clove, but I understand they are common irritants.

I think these things are all VERY individual. I actually do much better with the natural products.


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