Help! My skin care products are burning my face!

United States
August 15, 2007 5:25pm CST
A couple weeks ago, I got a free sample of one of the new Olay anti-wrinkle face creams and was very eager to use it. Although, I'm only in my early thirties, I'm already noticing some fine lines and dry patches. And, those have got to go! I'd heard that Olay and other types anti-wrinkle creams were great for helping early signs of aging. However, when I tried the skin care sample on my face,it caused my skin to tingle and burn uncomfortably and left a red rash on my cheeks where I had applied cream. I'm very confused how such a (supposedly) great product can work for so many, but not for me! I'd really like to find an all natural skin care (anti-wrinkle) cream that won't irritate so badly. What type of skin care cream or moisturizer do you use? Would prefer something for ultra sensitive skin, but I haven't been able to find it yet. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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13 responses
• United States
15 Aug 07
It probably has one or more of the following, glycolic, citric, or lactic acid. The are Alpha and Beta hydroxy acids used for most anti-wrinkle creams. It does tingle and burn a bit, it's supposed to. It's basically burning off a very thin layer of skin, along with surface wrinkles. In higher concentrations these are the same acids used by dermatologists to give a cosmetic face peel. I have very sensitive skin so I make all my own skin care products and cosmetics. I also make my own "face peel" too and use those same acids at medium concentration. It takes about 5 - 10 yrs off your face, burns like fire and make your face peel like a mild sunburn... but it's worth it... to me anyway but I'm in my late 40's. :D
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@michecu (637)
• Philippines
16 Aug 07
Hi! I like the idea that you make your own skin care products / cosmetics... where can we find the recipes for these concoctions? I'd appreciate if its posted here too... (perhaps in another discussion) Thank you.
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• United States
18 Aug 07
Ditto for me too! Crafcatcher, I'd love to get one or two of those facial recipes.
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• United States
18 Aug 07
I'd be happy to share some recipes with you. It is a bit expensive to start making your own cosmetics but once you have the bulk of your supplies and tools you'll have enough to last for years and it actually saves money in the long run. I have come up with many recipes of my own, body lotion and butters, foot creams, facial moisturizers, anti ageing serum, skin tighteners, face peels, foundations, eyeliners eye shadows, blushes, hair polishing serums, shower gels, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, just about everything to do with cosmetics. But to get started there are a few websites where I got my basic training in cosmetic chemistry and they also sell the ingredients for most of their recipes. I either altered or created my own recipes to suit my needs and skin type. Sometimes they use ingredients that I didn't agree with, such as preservatives that I found to be a bit too toxic for me to be comfortable with so I found alternatives. Also there were certain foundation ingredients that caused me skin problems, so I formulated my own. With a little trial and error and research you can come up with awesome products that are infinitely better and better for you than what you can buy retail. Here are the websites I started with. http://www.lotioncrafter.com/store/ http://www.theherbarie.com/ http://thepersonalformulator.com/ http://www.makingcosmetics.com/ http://www.coastalscents.com/ http://www.tkbtrading.com/ If you have any questions or want a specific recipe feel free to PM me. :D
• Philippines
15 Aug 07
I have the same problem. I'm 31 and when I use anti-age products, my face reacts badly to them. I think you might need anti-age products designed for sensitive skin. They are milder. I've tried Philosophy's Hope in a Jar for sensitive skin and Origin's sensitive skin line. Both worked really well for me. You can also try Juice Beauty. They have a sensitive skin line and they claim to be an organic brand of beauty products. I hope these help.
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• United States
18 Aug 07
I have not tried any of those, but I have heard of them all. Thanks for the heads up. I will put them on my shopping list!
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@pamcake (276)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I haven't tried the olay..I am a true fan of mary kay. I use it for most of my skin care needs. I'm only 25 but I don't think it's too early to start using the anti wrinkle creams as it will put them off even longer. I'm surprised that the olay did that to your face, and don't know what could have caused it. Did you have make up on? It's supposed to be a good product, but I prefer Mary Kay. I used the olay daily facial cloths, and they made my face so oily, and I broke out so bad, so I'm just sticking to the MK:)
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• United States
17 Aug 07
Well, that answered my other question that I forgot to post about Olay. I have not tried their facial cloths, I had no idea they could cause break outs. My skin is ultra sensitive as well, I am sure I would get break outs too. Thanks for the tip about Mary Kay, I have not tried them yet. Sounds like a good product line. I had some of their perfume years ago. It was simply divine! Thanks for dropping by. Always love talking with other divas! Drop by anytime and we'll talk some more.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
18 Aug 07
Sorry to hear about the burning. I'm surprised Olay did that, since the primary ingredient medical Lanolin is quite passive. In addition, lactic acid is supposed to not burn and is ideal for people with sensitive skin (unless there is an allergy or other complication). As for anti wrinkles... I remember reading collagen degeneration along with keratin loss in cells causes wrinkles in many cells including skin cells. Try to look for collagen or soft keratin in new lotions or homemade mixtures. Consuming collagen, proteins and certain minerals offers passive restoration/adaptation of collagen and keratin to your entire cell structure (meaning it'll be a small effect, but continual use/consumption can add up). Copper can help with keratin, but remember to take this supplement in low amounts (also complement with zinc since the body is indiscriminate when choosing between one or the other). Good luck, and remember, there are more tricks to this game that are waiting to be discovered.
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
17 Aug 07
You must be allergic to something in the cream. Oil of Olay has alot of frangrance in it. Maybe the frangrance irritated your skin. I recommend a Vitamin E cream. I buy Jamieson brand vitamin creams.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
17 Aug 07
Sounds like you have very sensitive skin. I use Aveeno products because my skin is also sensitive especially to perfumed skin products. I have not tried any others though but I am sure there are plenty out there.
@pinnibabu (135)
16 Aug 07
I was about to buy the Olay range of products but after reading your discussion, am confused. Your problem is not common. Its sounds strange that such a great product which has worked well for so many is causing problems to you. Please check with a skin specialist and get yourself analysed. I was all these days using Ponds product. That works well with me. Especially the new range of Ponds beauty products are too good. I guess an expert advise would be beneficial to you.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
16 Aug 07
I would suggest Neutrogena. I never have problems with any of their products and being me, I use variety of their products as long as it's not for dry skin since my skin isn't dry. I think price wise they are not too bad. I am using Olay Moisturizer right now, classic fragrance, just because it's cheaper than other Olay products and it works
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• Hong Kong
16 Aug 07
I am sorry that that anti-wrinkle cream doesn't work on you. Maybe you are allergic to one of the ingredients and that's why you have that burning sensation. I alternate between two creams myself for fighting early aging signs. One is much cheaper - Olay Total Effects and the other one is mostly natural and way more expensive - Kiehl's Abyssine Cream (more information and review at: http://beauty-tricks.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=142). Those two I found really great and are effective. I think you could ask for free samples from Kiehl's to try first. You should do that when you pass by their store somehow (or see if they would do it online).
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• China
16 Aug 07
I have used this bland of product(Olay) before. At the fisrt two days, I feel itching, then, my skin desquamate. From then on, I never use this product before. My skin is sensitive, I donn't know what to use now.
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• China
16 Aug 07
I advise you to when choose cosmetics must be careful not to a little cheaper and caused irreparable losses to bu authentic brands, at the beginning of the use of perspective suitable for their skin suitable for reuse normal volume of cosmetics i do not konw much about but i know that you are now doing is to find out where to see a doctor about testing don not leave before ......
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15 Aug 07
Lush skincare products are good as they are all natural ingredients and they have ones for exceptionally sensitive faces. One called Celestial is particuarly good.
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@jb_vete (323)
• Philippines
16 Aug 07
QUIT IT QUICK! You should'nt be enduring that undesirable reaction your face is getting from that skin care product. That is very true that we have different reactions to different products. There are many creams and topicals over the counter that may work well for you other than that if you really want anti-agings. If you're not satistfied, it is best to consult your dermatologist for advise. But definitely, you need to stop your application if irritation and burning sensation persists. I'm sure you don't want those red rashes be appearing in your face. So before it turns your skin care to skin scare product, quit it now.