Not a happy subject among perfumistas. In the current environment, it’s not surprising that we keep quiet about it. Still, here is what is happening to me.
I have a mild itchy rash on the perfume zone on my wrists. The area at the base of my throat shows no actual rash, but is often very itchy. I have three treatments, all generally effective. The first is a cream called medihoney, based on an extract of honey, and is recommended for eczema. The second is a non-prescription hydrocortisone cream, also for irritations like eczema. The third is to not apply perfume to those areas.
I’ve been through this before, and the rashes and itchiness went away by themselves, so I’m hoping this will happen this time too. Of course it is not really an ‘allergy’ in any serious sense: just a mild an adverse reaction on the skin.
I don’t know if there are specific perfumes that have cause the irritations. I wear a lot of perfume (of course!) and on weekends might wear two or three in a day. I have not enough determination to strip this back to nothing, give my skin a rest, and then test each one over a period of days. I do sort of get the impression that niche stuff may be more irritating than mainstream perfumes, but I’m not sure why. High concentration of natural materials? But – are naturals more irritating than synthetics? I don’t know.
Perfume aside, maybe my skin is not in good shape. It is winter here and my skin feels dry a lot of the time, so it may be more likely to react adversely to perfume. I have a rash in a spot that I never apply perfume to, so clearly perfume is not the only problem. And long hot showers, so tempting in winter, are a very bad idea. I have had some success applying a good unscented body moisturizer (not the eczema creams mentioned above) to the affected areas, with the thought that boosting the moisture in the skin might help as much as using a medicated cream to treat the rash.
So I apply perfume to clothes, or use creme versions of some perfumes, or just put up with the itch. I love my perfume so much, I’m prepared to suffer (a bit)!
These are a few of my experiences. What about you?