Ouidad Tress-FX gel - allergic reaction?

I recall seeing various people report allergic reactions to Ouidad's Tress-FX gel. I was one of them myself. I would get a horrible rash behind my ears and on the back of my neck and around my hairline at my face. I assumed it was the strong fragrance, and quit using it months ago. I haven't found a gel I like as well since, and started to buy some more a couple of days ago. I looked over the ingredients, just out of curiosity - and this time I saw the red flag I previously missed.

The preservative package used in that product is not recommended for use in anything except rinse-off products. The isothiazolinones are known dermatologic irritants and allergens. I imagine I never caught it before since I was looking more for silicones and curl holding ingredients.

Anyway, I wonder how many have experienced this type of reaction, and if I were to send a letter to her if maybe she would change preservative packages in the formulation so we could buy it again. I love the gel performance, just can't handle the painful rash.
I got a tingly stimulation along my part (where I'm guessing more of the gel pooled rather than getting on my hair and being absorbed). It lasted almost a week after using the gel, and I had to return it (luckily within the return period, I discovered this sensitivity) because of my reaction.

I even saw my allergist about it because the irritation was enough to warrant a visit. She said she saw noticeable inflammation in that area. At the time, she suspected the clove fragrance, but I've since used products that had cloves included in it without incident.

I'm totally on board. I loved the definition I got from this product. Btw, the closest similar product for me was B&A's Bio-Mineral Gel which has protein but didn't cause any protein buildup issues for me or others who are more prone to protein buildup. It might be worth mentioning to Ouidad (not sure...what do you think) that you prefer her gel but an alternative has been located if she's not open to changing the preservatives.
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Would you say that this product is an acne culprit as well?
Oh yes, at least it was for me. My forhead and neck were awful with pimples. I thought it was just me, but they went away and never returned once I stopped using it. My hair looks like heck though
I was searching around looking for info on some of the ingredients in tress fx (to see if it was CG) and discovered this page http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlco...es.php?id=7323. It says methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (both are in tress fx) are strong allergens and skin irritants so I bet that's what you guys are reacting to. I've never had any trouble with tress fx, but I can't imagine why she puts those in there if they're well known for being allergenic!

PS: Laurabeth, if you're still following this, I still am not sure if tress fx is water soluble or needs to be shampooed out. Do you know?
thick 3b; currently loving Devacurl and Kinky-Curly

What makes me mad is that I went out and bought the Aura Hypoallergenic gel (brand name called Naturelle now) the other day, got it home, and it also has the thiazolinones in it. Grrrrr. It also gives me horrid white flakes. I can't find anything that works on my hair.

(Oh, and 1curlydoc, in my first post, those are the ingredients of which I was speaking - also, after writing the article you cited, I felt prompted to re-check the ingredients in the Tress-FX to see if I had reacted to a preservative rather than a fragrance or the clove oil, as I had assumed.)

As for the water solubility of Tress-FX, it has polyquats and proteins in it, so I think periodic washing with a shampoo is necessary. Of course, I have 2A-3A hair, so I don't "no-poo" all the time anyway. I find using shampoo once a week or every other week helps my hair be more receptive to moisture from conditoners.
(Oh, and 1curlydoc, in my first post, those are the ingredients of which I was speaking - also, after writing the article you cited, I felt prompted to re-check the ingredients in the Tress-FX to see if I had reacted to a preservative rather than a fragrance or the clove oil, as I had assumed.)

Sorry, I see now that you already mentioned those in your post - didn't read it that closely the first time I guess. I've never paid all that much attention to the ingredients of Ouidad's products before - all I knew is that they worked for me. I'm sorry to find out that she puts some nasty stuff in. When there are lines like Jessicurl using all natural ingredients it doesn't seem necessary to use all that other stuff.

Good luck finding something that will work for you Swirlycurly Chemist!
thick 3b; currently loving Devacurl and Kinky-Curly

I used to use this stuff over a year ago, and not only did it not fare well with my hair, but I did experience increased breakouts with this stuff on my back as well as my getting tiny bumps around my hairline. I am allergic to various fragrances, so I'm sure that was the culprit for me to. Or it could have been its preservative that was causing a problem for my skin as well.

Swirlychemist, thanks for pointing this out for everyone!
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so i came across this post after googling ouidad allergies because i am having an allergic reaction on my scalp after trying both the heat and humidity gel, and the curl quencher gel. I never tried the tress fx one and now i never will. after reading these posts i googled isothiazolinones and compared them to the ingredients in those 2 gels and both of those had isothiazolinones as well!!!! although i didnt break out on my neck or face like some of you are talking about, my scalp is bright red and it's burning and itching!!!!! I think im gonna have to stop use of all ouidad products at this point because im simply allergic!
Ingredients in Tress Effects: Water, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-11, PEG-75 Lanolin, Polyquaternium-10, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Caramel, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Propylene Glycol, Pectin, Polysorbate 20, Benzalkonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Trisodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazo-linone, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

Here's what would get my skin all red and itching (like ant bites), burning and breaking out: Diazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol
The Diazolidinyl Urea is a formaldehyde releaser, like DMDM hydantoin and those are on my "can't use it" list. I've read studies indicating that anywhere from 3-9% of people tested had sensitivity to formaldehyde releasers.
Phenoxyethanol is also classified as a skin irritant. It keeps showing up in (exasperated sigh) everything. My favorite skin lotion switched from parabens to phenoxyethanol and I used the new batch - then ran to the shower to wash - to stop the itching.

I have sampled some Ouidad products and I kind of liked them, but they all (except the Botanical Boost) also have Formaldehyde releasers or Phenoxyethanol in them, in addition to the "isothiazolinones."
I just thought I'd muddy the waters a little further.
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Last edited by IAgirl; 12-16-2011 at 11:21 AM.
All because of a poorly done paraben study. . Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are known to be pretty irritating as well. They are in BRHG and in the Suave Natural conditioners.That said, I never had a problem with them in the Suave when I used to use it.

For my skin I like Boscia products and they have no preservatives. Instead they are in smaller sealed containers that to not let light in, and they have expiration dates. I wonder how that would go over for hair products? Probably not well since we tend to need a lot of product.
Have several allergies and sensitivities.
Current products
Low Poo/Cowash: Rio Grande Herb Co Negrita and Amole Deep Treatment Concentrate, Magick Botanicals (MB) Shampoo (diluted)
Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly


2b-c, need lots of moisture, likes protein in moderation.
All because of a poorly done paraben study. . Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are known to be pretty irritating as well. They are in BRHG and in the Suave Natural conditioners.That said, I never had a problem with them in the Suave when I used to use it.

For my skin I like Boscia products and they have no preservatives. Instead they are in smaller sealed containers that to not let light in, and they have expiration dates. I wonder how that would go over for hair products? Probably not well since we tend to need a lot of product.
Originally Posted by riotkitty
(Shaking fist at the sky) Darn poorly-designed paraben study!!! (Pauses to scratch scalp) This one is in some of the Suave Naturals and is a Formaldehyde releaser also: 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol.

I think that FSG (with a thickener is nice) plus a little hard hold gel is a lot like the Ouidad products. They're more like what my mom would call "setting lotion." I've heard about the "Lotta Body" setting lotions, most of which have the formaldehyde releasers, but not the isothiazolinones. I have no idea how they smell!

Hmm, off to check out Bosica. Riotkitty knows about good products for itchy people!
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