Hi Miss Beauty Nerd!
I have a question for you if you don’t mind? I tried the boscia gel cleanser and I have never experienced an allergic reaction to a product before, but I noticed severe redness and rash on my face afterwards. Eventually after about half an hour all this goes away. I discontinued use, but I have to be careful about what I use now. I suppose I developed sensitive skin, and I have dry skin too. Would you recommend the Korres white tea cleanser and its other wild rose products for sensitive skin?
It sounds as though you have developed contact dermatitis. What this means is that your skin has reacted to a particular ingredient in the Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel. While it is difficult for me to predict which ingredient(s) you may be allergic to (it could be different for everyone), people with sensitive skin are most commonly allergic to one or more of the following ingredients:
♥ Fragrances (most notably anything containing citrus oils or balsam of peru)
♥ Sulfates (i.e. sodium lauryl sulfate) – cleansing ingredient found in most cleansers, body washes, shampoos, etc.
♥ Phthalates – most commonly found in nail polishes
♥ Triclosan – an antibacterial ingredient typically found in hand sanitizers or other anti-bacterial products
♥ Formaldehyde – although you won’t see it in most beauty products nowadays; usually it is found in salon hair dyes or salon hair straightening solutions
♥ Parabens – a group of preservatives that seem to have been causing some irritation amongst various individuals
♥ Acids (i.e. alpha hydroxy, beta, retinoic, lactic) – chemical exfoliants which are typically found in chemical peels and various acne and pore-refining products. Retinoic acid, in particular tends to cause sun sensitivities.
Interestingly though, the Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel doesn’t contain any of the aforementioned ingredients except for a natural essential oil (which is basically a natural fragrance). While it does not contain any synthetic fragrances, some people may still be allergic to its natural counterparts, such as various natural essential oils. We cannot be sure, however, whether you are allergic to this particular essential oil or another ingredient in the formula. To be certain, you should visit your doctor and ask for an allergy test. Tell him/her that you want to figure out which cosmetic/skincare ingredients are causing you allergies. Once you get your results back, keep the list with you when you shop for beauty products. Make sure you scan each ingredient list for the specific ones listed by your doctor and blacklist any products containing such ingredients.
As for the Korres White Tea Cleanser and its other Wild Rose products, I would not be comfortable recommending it for sensitive skin because it does contain fragrance. But, if you know for a fact that you do not have fragrance sensitivities, I won’t stop you if you still want to experiment with these products. Sephora is usually pretty good about making up samples for you to try. Just ask one of the beauty advisors to give you some samples of the Korres products and try it at home before you commit to purchasing.
The quickest way to determine whether you are allergic to the product is do a patch test on your forearm. Apply a small amount of product to a spot on your inner forearm and put a bandaid on top of the spot where you applied. Creating this occlusive layer (with the bandaid) will speed up any irritation reaction, should one occur. Leave it on for 24 hours (try not to get it wet) before removing the bandaid. If you see any redness or rash, or experience any itchy, burning or stinging sensations, discontinue use. That’s a good indication that you would need to look for another product!
Alternatively, if you want to err on the safe side, you may want to try La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane line because it is tested specifically against sensitive skin. Again, I would ask for samples to try at home before you purchase.
Best of luck!