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Allergy to sulphates in face wash

Neutrogena with the red logo.
I woke up and went to the kitchen this morning and my mom said my face was bright red - I rushed to the mirror and I have flaming, angry red cheeks that look as if the top layer of the skin has been burnt off. I have a meeting tomorrow :(
I used to wash my face twice a day with Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash - it worked just fine for years. Suddenly, they changed it from red logo to black logo and the formula felt different, and I was getting more lather, more breakouts and dry skin.

So the SA recommended Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing gel, as it contains 2% salicylic acid like the Neutrogena. I did a patch test and then tried it once a day for the last 10 days - nothing happened. So I washed my face with it twice yesterday and this is the result.
I'm desperately trying to calm my skin and make it look less parboiled. I applied Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion now and I could feel the soreness and burning so I rinsed it off and am applying ice. Boohoo.

Neutrogena ingredients
Vichy ingredients
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3 comments:

  1. Im sorry to hear about your face that sounds awful and painful! The Vichy wash has sodium laureth sulphate in it which is so bad for your skin. Its a super strong foaming agent and strips your skin of its natural oils. I would stick with your cetaphil and try a facewash for sensitive skin, something with no sls's or perfume. Hope you feel better soon :)

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  2. Thank you - that's exactly what my derm said today - I took the bottle along and saw her. She said to wash ONCE a day with Cetaphil, once with plain water, moisturise with Cetaphil for a week and see her again. She prescribed an aloe vera-base face wash for use after the review, though it contains AHA. It is still very sore. I almost photographed my cheek and shared it here, but didn't want to gross you people out :(

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  3. Oh dear :( Hope you feel better soon :)

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