Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Lippie Reaction

A pic of my happy healthy lips not wanting anymore chemicals!
Since it seems the rumor mill has grabbed hold of my lip reaction to a lip gloss and gone wild with it, I thought I should clear the air and explain things myself.   Remember that game we used to play as kids where you whisper something in someone's ear and it keeps going around the circle until the last person says what was said to them and it is usually totally different than what was originally whispered?  It was a lot like that.  I got some interesting questions regarding what happened.

Here is the story.  I have severe chemical sensitivities and allergies.  There are certain chemicals found in many beauty products that I must avoid or I have a skin reaction.  One of those ingredients is ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate.  This is a chemical additive with sunscreen properties that is known by many names.  This is the most common listing.  Years ago, I started to get terrible reactions on my lips. My lips would itch, get red, swell and puff up (think Angelina Jolie but painful). Not only that, but my skin would often crack and blister and it would take a long time to heal.  I found out that this ingredient was what caused the reaction, along with most other chemical sunscreens.

To make a long story short, I started to have problems with my lips again recently. Luckily, the reaction was not as bad as it used to be. I had not been reapplying all day long like I used to. My lips were sore, red and chapped and starting to itch a lot. They almost felt numb which told me puffy was coming soon.

I started reading ingredient info and found out that the brand new Pretty Amazing Lip Glosses from Bare Escentuals have ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate.  I suppose I was to blame in a way for being too complacent in my diligent ingredient list reading. I had come to expect Bare Escentuals products to be safe, even though years ago when I started wearing BE, they had Vitamin E sticks that had this ingredient and I had a reaction to them too.  The Pretty Amazing Lip Glosses are currently only available in kits: Rowdy in the RSVP Collection, Perky in Putting On The Glitz, and Sass & Oomph in the Pretty Amazing Lip Collection.

This was a wake up call for me to be more diligent about reading ingredient labels.  You never know if something you react to is in a product.  Unfortunately, my desire and need to stay as natural as possible has me slowly weeding some fun products from my collection but overall, I think it will be better for me and my wallet.  I am not going to wear Pretty Amazing lipcolors or lip glosses or Buxom lip polish anymore.  They are all too synthetic for me and I need to stay more natural.  I hope this better explains things. 

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  1. So sorry you had this reaction, sounds painful. This is helpful information to have. I have been moving in the more natural, fewer chemicals direction myself but have found myself so thrilled with the wear and feel of the Pretty Amazing line that I have been ignoring any possible chemical load.

  2. Sorry to hear about your reaction. I love the Bare Escentuals products but you are right, we must still look at the ingredients listed on products. I hope you can still use other BE products. Glad you are ok!


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