Are you an allergic mess like me?! Oh good, I'm glad we are in good company!! My list of allergies spans across four sheets of paper - from a plethora of foods, to chemicals I cannot pronounce, to those pesky "natural" ingredients that - while well-intended - I still can't tolerate. <<sigh>> I've tried (and spent tons of money on!!) all kinds of allergy-friendly products over the years, so to spare you the cost and frustration, I thought I would share my favorites in the hopes that it will help you, too. While I cannot make promises that these will work for you (after all, we are all beautifully unique in the allergens that affect us!), I do hope this list will help you narrow down the products that may work for you! Please be sure to check the ingredients list before purchasing to ensure there are no known allergens that may affect you!
I have tried SO MANY bath soaps... The list below, while they have their pros and cons, are the only suds that my skin seems to like!
My all-time favorite is Avene Eau Thermale XeraCalm AD. This is really soothing, fragrance-free and leaves my skin soft, to boot! The only downside is the cost per bar and I have yet to find it in mainstream stores.
My second favorite is Neutrogena Original Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Bar with Glycerin. Its fragrance free, very inexpensive and I have never had a reaction from it. The downside is the bar melts in my hand quite quickly, so it doesn't last very long.
I've also tried Kiss My Face Olive Oil Bar Soap, which worked well for my allergies. That said, I personally was not fond of the earthy smell, the color (army green), or how the sides melted to mud in a steamy shower. Those are my own (admittedly persnickety!) personal preferences though - this soap was otherwise great and worked well on my super sensitive skin.
One more honorable mention is Cleure Glycerin Face & Body Bar. but only for those of you who are not allergic to shea butter. Try Cleure
Face washes have been hard for me to find, as so many companies add natural ingredients that I am also allergic to. These two face washes work well for my extra allergy-prone face!
I love La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Facial Cleanser as my daily face wash. It's non-drying and leaves my face soft and looking bright!
I also use Clinique All About Clean Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser on a weekly basis, which is stated as being hypoallergenic (I have no issues) and leaves my face super soft and sparkling clean.
I get exasperated just thinking about face creams that don't make my face itchy and red!! For the longest time I went without or used OTC anti-itch creams (*not recommended*) just to stay comfortable. Only in the past year have I FINALLY found facial moisturizers that don't cause an uncomfortable (and unsightly!!) allergic reaction!
I absolutely love La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer as my daily moisturizer. It never makes me itchy or red, and I really think it smooths my lines and wrinkles better than anything else I've ever tried. There is no fragrance to tickle my nose, and its relatively reasonably priced.
Every three days or so, I will also use Clinique Moisture Surge 100 Hour for some extra moisture, particularly as I get older (argh!). This gets on the more expensive side, so I would recommend trying to get a sample of it to see if it works for you prior to buying an entire jar.
Face Cream with SPF
As if the aforementioned face cream category wasn't exasperating enough, the face cream with SPF category is even more so! Truth be told, I am actually allergic to all types of SPF, but my skin seems to tolerate La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair SPF 30 Face Moisturizer the best. To avoid increasing my risk of a reaction, I only wear this when I know I will be in the direct sun for an extended period of time (beach days, for example). It does its job well in terms of providing moisture and sunblock in one, and I've never gotten itchy or red from it. However... if it gets in my eyes, WHOA... do I see stars. Burns like... well you get the idea. Just a word to the wise!
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