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    That's interesting about new allergies showing up every 7 years. Sort of gives new meaning to the term "seven year itch". Bahaha

    Seriously though, I have the same thing with metals. Can't wear anything but 14K gold in my ears. That's been since my ears were first pierced, though, about 30 years ago. But another allergy to medication showed up a few years ago. Can't recall the exact timing, but 7 years sounds about right. Now the makeup thing. Gah!

    I did think about my makeup possibly being old, so the first thing I did was throw everything out, and buy a new set of all my old favorites. I also waited about 10 days to try again to be sure I was completely clear of whatever it was. I immediately broke out again with the new stuff.

    Guess I'll treat myself to a trip to the makeup counter tomorrow and see what I can come up with. A person can't hide behind dark sunglasses forever.

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    Your chair sounds like an elegant piece, Critical. It also has some "heirloom" value and I understand your caution about using chemicals on its fabric. Maybe you could consider saving up for a professional steam cleaning of it at your house?

    I just checked Stanley Steamer's site where you can get an instant quote after entering your zip code. One upholstered chair is $45 for cleaning, only. But, at least in my zip code, there is a $99 minimum fee per appointment for their services. There's also a FAQ on this page that might help you decide if want to budget for this:

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    You might want to see if you can rent a hand held steam cleaner, or a Green Machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexxxx View Post
    I hope somebody here can help me. After years and years of wearing the same makeup, somehow I seem to have now developed an allergy to it. Particularly the eye makeup.

    Does anybody here know anything about hypoallergenic makeup? Can you recommend a good brand?

    I appreciate any help anybody can offer.

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    I forgot to mention in my case that the allergy medicine I use seems to help with my eye make-up. Right now I'm using Maybelline. I can't use that when I'm not taking allergy medicine though.

    Also I asked my mother who developed an eye make-up allergy a few years ago and she confirmed that she never found anything that worked for her. I hope this is not the case for you and you are like several of us on here who have discovered some we can use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexxxx View Post
    I hope somebody here can help me. After years and years of wearing the same makeup, somehow I seem to have now developed an allergy to it. Particularly the eye makeup.

    Does anybody here know anything about hypoallergenic makeup? Can you recommend a good brand?

    I appreciate any help anybody can offer.

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    I'm allergic to both bismuth and mica, common ingredients. Bismuth lends a smooth texture to formulations and mica adds a bit of sparkle or light reflection. Unfortunately, it was trial and error to find this out. There are some very informative websites that list common cosmetic ingredients known to be irritants or cause reactions. You can Google for them, and skim through the lists for known eye irritants.

    Read the ingredient labels for your eye makeup products to see if you can identify some common allergens. Lanolin is another that can make your eyes itchy and puffy. If you can begin to single out the ingredients you react to, you're home free. It might take you a while to do this.

    I recommend going to a department store or drug store that accepts cosmetic returns. That way you can get a refund for the products that irritate you sensitive skin. Avoid anything with glitter or frost in it. Look for matte formulations in eyeshadows and liners. If you want a bit of shine on your lids, you can always pat a tiny bit of balm over your eye shadow for light reflection.

    I highly second Clinique products. Visit a counter and explain the difficulty you're having. You can then get samples of the products you want to try and find the ones that work.

    Best of lucK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppy Fields View Post
    I'm allergic to both bismuth and mica, common ingredients. Bismuth lends a smooth texture to formulations and mica adds a bit of sparkle or light reflection. Unfortunately, it was trial and error to find this out. There are some very informative websites that list common cosmetic ingredients known to be irritants or cause reactions. You can Google for them, and skim through the lists for known eye irritants.

    Read the ingredient labels for your eye makeup products to see if you can identify some common allergens. Lanolin is another that can make your eyes itchy and puffy. If you can begin to single out the ingredients you react to, you're home free. It might take you a while to do this.

    I recommend going to a department store or drug store that accepts cosmetic returns. That way you can get a refund for the products that irritate you sensitive skin. Avoid anything with glitter or frost in it. Look for matte formulations in eyeshadows and liners. If you want a bit of shine on your lids, you can always pat a tiny bit of balm over your eye shadow for light reflection.

    I highly second Clinique products. Visit a counter and explain the difficulty you're having. You can then get samples of the products you want to try and find the ones that work.

    Best of lucK!

    Alexxxx ... if you went and bought your "old favorites" it seems that you put the allergen back on your face. Perhaps to help expedite, you might list the ingredients in your old favorites to screen. Also don't forget about any cleansers, creams or lotions you are using that might combine with the make-up to create the problem. It can be something as simple as a new ( or old) blending sponge or brush.

    This happened to me and the Doctor made me go 14 Days without make-up and then add one thing at a time to isolate the cause. Mine turned out to be a certain brand of mascara (I don't know it's OK to mention negatively so I won't) and I changed to Almay and it's never happened again.

    Regarding make-up purchases ... I believe Mary Kay also allows makeup refunds ... at least they used to. It was one of their big selling points
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    Avon allows refunds too through their people too.

    I don't wear a lot of make up because for whatever reason I'm super sensitive to whatever the ingredients are especially for those "mineral" make ups that were all the rage for awhile. Mascaras have always affected me too regardless of kind. So I can't really help there. I bolstered up my skin care and now use lip gloss if I'm going to dress up. lol

    I have trouble with jewelry with a lot of nickle in it. When younger I was never able to keep any earrings in my ears without them getting disgusting. So I stopped trying. Later in life I decided to get into body piercings and went in with some thought this might not work out with how sensitive I had been to metals in me. Turns out when I use good quaility body jewelry (typically surgical grade stainless or titanium) I have never once had an issue. Stopped at Claire's got some bad quality jewelry and wow did I react fast.

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    Most drug stores give refunds now as well, at least the ones in my city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexxxx View Post
    I hope somebody here can help me. After years and years of wearing the same makeup, somehow I seem to have now developed an allergy to it. Particularly the eye makeup.

    Does anybody here know anything about hypoallergenic makeup? Can you recommend a good brand?

    I appreciate any help anybody can offer.

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    Ugh, that really stinks! I've been having itchy eyes recently too and have been trying to decide if it's the Revlon mascara I just started reusing after trying every expensive brand under the sun w/ no success at keeping my eyelashes curled or if it's b/c of the makeup remover for waterproof mascara. Now the 7-year allergy info has got me thinking it could be the mascara, which would be so disappointing.

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    ETA: The bras that were asked about earlier are the Intimacy bras. I remember them being in the news a lot here in the ATL right after I'd had my daughter and thinking the last thing I wanted anyone doing was taking any of my measurements at that time. But they've had great reviews.

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    Have any of you with allergies tried the L'Oreal beauty tubes mascara? I think they have several varieties now. I don't know if it's hypo-allergenic, but I think that it might be better for people with allergies because it doesn't flake. It coats your lashes with these tubes of mascara. To remove it, all you do is use warm water and sort of wipe/pull the tubes off. They stay on all day - even if you cry - but they come off pretty easily with warm water. Since I shower at night before I go to bed, I usually just let the warm water and steam "loosen" them up and then remove them with my fingers. It keeps your lashes curled pretty well too. It's not cheap, but I love not looking like a raccoon OR trying to get waterproof mascara off at the end of the day. I hate using those makeup removers.
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    I've developed a few new allergies recently, too. Not to make-up but to medical tape. When I had my back surgery, I had to keep my stitches covered and when my husband would change the bandages, I would make him spend half an hour just scratching around the incision where the tape was. We bought three different brands/kinds of tape but they all affected me. Band-aids seem to be okay if I don't keep it on for more than a day, but everything else breaks me out and makes me itch like crazy. I also have never suffered spring allergies but this year...I'm miserable. It usually hits me in the fall, so I'm hoping that if I'm now allergic to whatever is floating around in the spring that I will no longer be allergic to ragweed, but I'm not that lucky so we'll see..

    Mary Kay can't come anywhere near my face. I've always been allergic to it. I swell up like a balloon when I use it. The only product by MK I can wear is the lipstick. I don't know what's in it that irritates me but it's something awful...lol
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