Hi there... Not sure if I'm putting this in the right place, so Mods feel free to move if necessary.
I bought Oil of Olay Hydrating Fluid the other day, in lieu of my normal moisturizer which was out of stock. What a big mistake that was! I used it 2 or 3 times and my face broke out in a huge way. I'm talking big red blemishes all over my cheeks and an itchy rash all over my face. I've always had really good skin - never had any bad reactions like this before so this is all new to me. What should I do? I hate to go to the doctor only for him to tell me that it will pass in a few days. Has this happened to any of you? Is there anything I can do to help the allergic reaction pass sooner? I mean, my face is so bad I don't even want to leave the house! I should have known better than to try something new, when my regular moisturizer works just fine. I should have just waited for it to come back in stock. Help me! Please!
My skin is very, very sensitive. So, when I use new products... many times, I have things like this happen to me. The most important thing is to be as GENTLE AS POSSIBLE with your skin right now, until it clears up. I know you may want to zap the zits on your cheeks... but, I assure you it will only irritate your skin more. Use a cleanser that is calming (a good one is Cetaphil) and same with the moisturizer. And, try to avoid wearing makeup as much as possible on the rash. [I know that's easier said than done!!] You can also use a little bit of hydrocortisone cream on the rash to prevent itching (but, never more than 2 days in a row as hydrocortisone cream thins out the skin.)
I originally use Aveeno's Calming moisturizer. Do you think it would be safe to use it while my face is a wreck? Thanks for the tip about the benadryl! I took some the first day, but it was the last of my kids'... I just sent DH out to get some more. How long can I expect this horrible reaction to last?
Do not use anything on your skin until your face calms down, just take anti-histamines and wait it out. I had the same thing happen and putting another moistuiriser even though it was hypo-allergenic made things worse:-(.
I haven't any advice about what to do about your adverse reaction I'm afraid, but want you to know that I too had a horrendous reaction about 30 years ago when I was still at school to this stuff. In the UK it was then known as Oil of Ulay Beautifying Fluid (I think) and it was the first moisturiser I ever used. It actually burnt me and I remember going to school with a bright red face - it faded by itself eventually. I've never had such a bad reaction to anything else since and it makes me wonder what exactly is in it that can cause such a reaction in certain people?
I agree with the Benadryl suggestion. I would also try a little bit of hydrocortisone cream on your face. Apply a thin layer and avoid the eye area, and don't use it more than once a day. Otherwise I would not try any other products which could aggravate your skin more.
sorry i didnt see this thread earlier, but the advice given was totally correct, benadryl is the best thing to use, esp the liquid kind. i would stay away from doing anything to my face if i had an allergic reaction. you can use a 0.5% hydrocortisone cream or a benadryl cream on your face to reduce swelling, but avoid the eye area and any open areas (nose, ear etc) and try to use the hydrocortisone in as little a quantity as possible for as short of a duration as possible, def not more then a week. i believe eucerin has a face cream for redness relief that you can try, although thats more for roseacea.
i too had a weird reaction to oil of olay, and to ponds cold cream, so i avoid those two like the plague. hope you get better soon!
Thank you all, so much, for your help! After taking a couple of doses of benadryl, the redness and itching seems to have subsided a bit. I did apply a bit of hydrocortisone which seemed to help. I just hope my skin goes back to normal sooner rather than later. Seriously, though, thank you all!