You say that maybelline is the only foundation you've found that is fragrance free, but as far as I know clinique is - spoke to a clinique consultant in Boots the other day who said that everything is totally fragrance free and allergy tested, and that the brand was created by drs/dermatologists and was originally only available on prescription. I used their Almost Powder Makeup this week for the first time in a year (before I became very ill), with no 7 blusher (no 7 make up is apparently totally fragrance free too, although their non make-up products, such as cleanser/hair products etc aren't!) and seemed fine for a few hours but felt irritated after a while, mostly around my eyes (I have very dry and sensitive eyes). Will keep using them though to see if this happens again. Bare Minerals is also meant to be very good - I tried a bit in a shop but not a very good test so can't really tell.
I would rather not use many cosmetics too, although have found Simple to be the best thing for me so far.
What I am really struggling with is that I have been told that with an allergy to balsam of peru, I must avoid products with any perfume and botanics (i.e. plant based), so have not got any of the natural products I see everywhere (health food shop etc), as they are all plant based! (Lavera, Faith in Nature etc) These would be my preferred choices though but don't want to buy expensive things if unsure! I did ask in one such shop though, (Tullivers in York - great shop, great advice) and she seemed to think this was odd, as she doesn't think I can be allergic to all plant based products (hopefully!) I am finding this very confusing! Not sure if you can shed any light on this please?
I found my appointments so far with the dermatology consultant to be very frustrating and have not got all of the answers I want. I have got an appointment with a nurse specialist in dermatology this Monday though, so hoping this will be of use - will be very persistent!
As I have also been told I am allergic to nickel, cobalt and chromium (apparently quite rare to be allergic to all 3!) and am a coeliac, I feel like i am avoiding everything!
My symptoms have really improved over the last few months, and rashes are virtually gone (at the moment!) I still have a lot of seemingly random and sporadic symptoms, (such as the skin all peeling off the side of my ear yesterday!) and am constantly itchy/irritated all over!
I know some people suffer much more but I have been very ill this year with other problems too and just want some relief!!
Thanks for your tips so far, any more would be gratefully received!