Ahhhh the serenity....
It has been about 3 weeks, and so far no irritating eye-puffing flare-up's. It has been such a long, frustrating experience, as my eyes did their own thing. At times, it seemed, without any provocation. I have a couple of instances this week of very low-grade itchiness in my left eye, but some hot water on a cotton square over that eye, thankfully did the trick. No antihistamine drops required. Sweet relief!
I stripped absolutely everything back until there is nothing left to do, and that has left my eyes totally normal again.
- No make-up
- No moisturiser on my face
- Coconut oil, sparingly applied, until irritation cleared up
- New pillow
- Change pillow case every 5-7 days (this seems to make a difference)
It's been an interesting experience, in reflection. I use a shampoo and conditioner without sulphates or parabens or nasty things like that because they make my scalp itchy. Like, "I think I might have lice" kind of itchy, that drives you completely bonkers. I can't use liquid hand soap, because it gives me contact dermatitis, which often ends up requiring an anti fungal cortisone cream to clear it up. I am so sensitive to synthetic chemicals, yet I was slathering them on my face. Then I was surprised when, one day, that wasn't working anymore.
So...my next step? Now that everything has settled and feels normal again, I have begun to investigate make-up that has very little in the way of all those synthetic chemicals that upset my skin so much. I'm investigating and researching and watching/reading reviews and finding good Aussie companies that care about what's in the products we use.