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A University of Washington Study [Aug. 31st, 2011|09:59 pm]
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Proves what our bodies have been screaming all along

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Hair Spray [Sep. 1st, 2010|11:50 pm]
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Hi everyone,

I'm new to the community.  Recently I've been thinking of changing up my hair style... but I'm kind of afraid of hair spray because my lungs just do not like what I've been exposed to in the past, and that's kind of what I need with short hair if I'm not going to spend a fortune at the hair stylist's.  Anyone know of any brands that are fragrance free or light enough on fragrance that you aren't bothered by them?  Bonus points for products you know are available in Canada, specifically Ottawa, ON.
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(no subject) [Aug. 29th, 2009|07:16 pm]
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feel free to delete if it's already been asked, but could you tell me what chemical-free soap you use?  I was looking at several soaps at Whole Foods but i didn't really know what to get.

thank you!
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any acceptable hair dye/color? [Aug. 28th, 2009|02:47 pm]
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(cross posted)

I have been coloring my hair for 2 decades and I really don't want to stop. i use various products, from semi permanent to manic panic, etc. I like to use a mix of natural looking colors and supernatural looking colors. But, using any of the hair dyes I know of basically makes me all flared up for a couple days and that really sucks. Does anyone know of any hair dyes or colorings that are non toxic, or don't smell very much?
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(no subject) [Aug. 28th, 2009|03:39 pm]
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hi, my name is kaitlyn.  I can't have any fragrances period, or my skin goes bezerk!  i mean no soap, only cleansers, no make up, no regular shampoo and conditioner, even baby detergent isn't that great for me.  i'm constantly miserable because of my allergies and it's nearly impossible not to come in contact with fragrances everyday.

i look forward to meeting you, fellow sufferers, and learning how to deal with my allergies.
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great blog post about chemical sensitivity [Aug. 21st, 2009|03:29 pm]
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my roommate just sent me a link to this blog post:


describes my situation so well.
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Intro post [Feb. 21st, 2009|10:04 pm]
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[mood |frustratedfrustrated]
[music |Jason Mraz --- I'm Yours]

I have never been diagnosed with skin allergies/sensitivities, but I know for sure what I have. My grandma, mother, and two cousins have all been dx'ed as allergic to: artificial fragrance of any sort, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, and formaldehyde. I have the exact same symptoms, from the same products, just not the fancy-schmancy insurance that will cover expensive allergy testing.

Why, oh why, is it so hard to find products that I am not allergic to? Currently, I do not wear makeup at all. I use mens' unscented (really actually unscented) shaving gel, expensive hippie-store shampoo, homemade (by a friend) conditioner, and plain lye/lard soap. I only wish this was enough, though! I'll go maybe a week and a half without a breakout, then I'm itching again. And it doesn't just stop at a bit of itchiness...it's a bumpy red rash that gets itchier as you scratch it. I can keep myself from scratching it open while I'm awake, but how do you stop your hands from doing their job while you sleep? I've tried petroleum jelly (to stop air from tickling the rash), I've tried bandages over it (to keep me from being able to scratch), I've even tried cutting my fingernails all the way down to the quick (OW. OW OW OW. NEVER AGAIN.), and I still end up with weeks of scabby arms and thighs and hips, and with blood spots on my clothing, and scars on the insides of my elbows, and with customers at work looking at me like i'm some kind of pox-ridden leper.

I hate my body for doing this to me, but at the same time, I know it's not my body's fault, after all my relatives have it too. I just wish there was something more than steroidal anti-itch cream that I could effectively use (not that the desoximetasone is particularly effective...it stops the itch as long as I haven't already scratched it within the past two hours. eyeroll.), so that I could stop itching all the time!

I'm also having a hell of a time getting my mother-in-law to quit using scented crap when I'm at her house. She seriously thinks that if the scent isn't strong, it's okay. Or, if it doesn't smell perfumey, it's okay (febreze, etc.). Or, my favorite, as long as she blows out the candle as I'm walking in the door...you get the picture.

I wonder if there are allergy shot type treatments for this? I don't even really know how allergy shots work. Do you get them a bunch and then wean off of them and not have allergies anymore, or do you have to keep getting them on a regular schedule to keep the allergies at bay? If the latter is true, are they more effective than otc allergy meds, at least?

Sigh. I just want to rip my arms off. I'll take pics of them next time they're flared up, for fun. How's that for something to look forward to?
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dry itchy skin [Feb. 3rd, 2009|06:43 pm]
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I've always had dry skin, but the past few years it's been getting progressively worse. I'd been wondering what I can do about it. It's terribly itchy, and it gets so dry it's painful in places. I have tried vitamin E, my diet is much better than most peoples, and so many different lotions and creams. (I am allergic to Aveenos products as they all seem to have oats in them.) The best thing seems to be a combination of shea butter, coconut oil, Burt's Bees beeswax & banana, and Alba's "Very Emollient Body Lotion". Even with those my skin is horribly dry and itchy. It's driving me crazy. It's worse in winter of course, though summer is not terribly better, though our humid climate and hot temperatures do help it. At the peak of winter (i.e. now) my hands also crack and bleed.

I do avoid all wheat and even oats in even my skin products, as I am allergic to them. I am also allergic to lanolin and most fragrances. I feel like I have tried so many things to no avail and am feeling frustrated. I have even been only showering every other day, but the day I shower my skin is always particularly itchy and painful. The soaps I use are all natural, and no one (unscented, without allergens) seems to work better or worse than another.

My roommate today said that this is a problem in women: after about age 35 they have trouble with dry skin. I am 40, and have already always had dry skin. Agh! A further complication is that I have dyshidrosis, a skin condition affecting my hands, but I don't have symptoms as long as I don't handle wheat or strong detergents.

Help! Natural suggestions are welcome. What has worked for you? Is there an herbal supplement I can take, or some sort of oil or lotion I can apply that will not be greasy AND stay on my skin?
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Newbie [Jan. 13th, 2009|02:13 pm]
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I just found this community and wanted to say hello.

I spent three and a half years as fragrance free for graduate school (half a year getting ready for it, 2 years in, and another year to get use to fragrance again).  For the most part, all of my clothing is washed fragrance-free and my make up is mostly fragrance free and I typically stick to unscented soaps.

I have empathy for people who must live a FF lifestyle.  During school, I hated elevators and the mall...I still cannot stroll throug Macy's--I use to have to get a friend to hold my hand and lead me through because it makes my eyes burn and I would need to hold my breath.

Anyway, I just wanted hi and all. 
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2008|11:30 pm]
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Hello all, I'm new to the community.

I'm not quite sure if I have MCS. Normally, strong fragrances and chemicals just give me migraines, but more recently my chest feels kind of heavy when I'm exposed to some fragrances.

Just now, I spritzed myself with a bit of perfume I bought today. It's a very light fragrance, but my chest feels a bit tight, and I'm feeling nauseous. When I tried it on in the store, it didn't bother me, but now, the smell is overwhelming/making me sick.

Could this be a chemical sensitivity?
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