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How to Soothe an Allergic Reaction to Face Lotion

author image Erica Roth
Erica Roth has been a writer since 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a college reference librarian for eight years. Roth earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Brandeis University and Master of Library Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her articles appear on various websites.
How to Soothe an Allergic Reaction to Face Lotion
Face lotions with scents and preservatives can sometimes cause rashes. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Face lotions are meant to hydrate your delicate facial skin. Most products contain a number of chemicals that act as preservatives and also give your lotion an appealing scent. Allergic reactions to face lotions, skin creams and other toiletries are common, and they range in severity. Soothe a minor allergic reaction at home. Seek immediate medical attention for reactions that include wheezing and swelling of your face or throat.

Step 1

Remove all traces of the face lotion, if possible, by washing with a mild soap and lukewarm water. Lotion that has already absorbed into your skin may not be removable.

Step 2

Leave your skin bare, without cosmetics or other lotions, if your allergic reaction consists of a painless rash or hives. Once you have removed the face lotion, your immune system just needs time to heal your skin. The rash or hives will most likely fade on their own within hours.

Step 3

Press a cold, damp washcloth gently to your face as often as needed if you have an itchy or painful rash. The coolness both soothes and reduces inflammation.

Step 4

Massage a pea-sized dollop of hydrocortisone into your facial skin to reduce itching from allergic dermatitis, a form of allergy-induced rash. Creams or ointments with cortisone are available over the counter.

Step 5

Take an over-the-counter oral antihistamine, with your doctor's permission. The medication suppresses histamines, the substance your body releases in response to an allergy. Histamines make your skin itch or cause a runny nose.

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