It’s amazing! It’s mesmerizing! It’s magic! Take a pill and Alacazam your allergies disappear!
Okay, not really.
What’s even worse? I made an appointment with an allergist next week and was told not to take any antihistamines for the three days leading up to the appointment. Okay. So I went ahead and skipped taking them for three days. Three, six, what’s the difference? I used to go months without antihistamines. It’s frigid and wet outside. I shouldn’t have too many issues.
Day One: Suffering from a cold, and maybe my eyes itch now and then, but nothing too bad.
Day Two: Still managing okay. Maybe some of those sneezes are less the cold and more allergies, but I’m trucking along.
Day Three: What the heck did I touch? My hand itches. [I wash my hand and it eventually subsides.] What is with my face? By the end of the day my face is sporting a red, irritated “mask” where I had applied my combo tinted moisturizer/sun screen. I wash my face, apply grape seed oil as a non-chemical moisturizer, and a thin layer of cortisone cream (Yes, I know cortisone is not suggested for the face because it can cause white spots, but I don’t think anyone would notice. It’s hard to get much paler than I am. It can also cause skin to thin. One or two days is deemed okay if used with caution.)
Day Four: Repeat day three’s treatment. Mask is now a faint splotchy rash that intermittently itches. Screw this. [Takes a Zyrtec. Appointment isn’t until Tuesday anyhow.]
Take away magic anti-histamines and I get contact irritation dermatitis from something I’ve been using for months. I suppose on the bright side, now I know not to use it anymore. I suspect it’s the UVA/UVB blocking chemicals. Sunscreens have always irritated my face badly. I can’t use products with retinol either. I thought the lower concentrations were fine…guess not.
So summing up:
- Fair skin
- Turns into lobster after about 20-30 min of direct sun.
- Allergic to sunscreen chemicals
The universe is laughing.