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
  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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