Help -- My Eye Cream Irritates My Eyes!
Question: "I get puffy eyes whenever I try a new eye cream -- what could I be allergic to?"
Answer: You may not actually be allergic. Plain old irritation can cause similar symptoms, such as redness and swelling, explains David E. Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. To determine what's behind your reaction, follow a process of elimination.Your Course of Action
- Try a fragrance-free preparation, as scent is the most common offensive ingredient.
- Next, rid your routine of preservatives like paraben.
- If the problem persists, see your doctor.
Simply switching formulas too many times could heighten irritation.
Originally published in Fitness magazine, February 2006.
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