Friday, April 29, 2011 1:17 PM
Posted by Becky on Jun 04th, 2010
I highly advocate having an immunologist do a patch test to identify what chemicals you are allergic to. It is interesting to read that most of us are allergic to similar things: polypropylene glycol, formaldehyde and black dye (which are in hair color and mascara, not to mention fabrics). I am having a textile patch test done next week. I highly suspect that blue jean dye is going to show up along with spandex. My immunologist ran my allergens against the national dermatological database to provide me with a list of skin care products that don't have glycol in them. It has been helpful. Hang in there everyone.
Posted by Sara Leah Pihakis on Mar 21st, 2011
I have spent the majority of my life dealing with an allergy to PG. I make sure to read every label of everything I purchase. After years of trial and error, I finally have a regimen that I can recommend. Face: Aubrey Organics for Sensitive Skin - Facial Cleansing Lotion, Toner, and Moisturizing Cream. Makeup: Aveda (MAKE SURE TO READ LABELS, not everything at Aveda is PG free) Inner Light Mineral tinted Moisture Foundation, Pencil Eye Liner, mascara, some of the regular lipsticks work well. I use the Avalon Organics Shampoo and Conditioner, Toms of Maine toothpaste and PG free deodorant, Beauty without Cruelty's unscented body lotion. For a long time we used Dreft laundry detergent. When the Seventh generation Free and Clear detergent came on the market we found that that worked just as well. Also the Seventh Generation free and clear dish detergent seems to work well. And for hand soap and hand sanitizing liquid, I buy Method brand products. I cannot stress how important it to read labels and just because you've been using a product for a long time, doesn't mean it will always be safe. I always get a little stressed when I see a new magazine ad or commercial for a product that I've used for a long time. It usually means that the makers have reformulated the ingredients (added something from the pg family) and are trying to reach a larger audience. That happened with Cetaphil and many other products that I've used over the years. The good news is that with all of the new organic products out there on the market, and with the raised awareness of what actually goes into many beauty and household products, there are so many new products out there to choose from. Also remember that many places such as Whole Foods actually will refund your money if you are not satisfied with a product. This comes in handy when trying to find your best beauty/daily regimen.
Posted by Rianna on Jan 11th, 2011
Recently I too have had the 'joys' of being a victim of PG..It was terrible. I found out by constantly trying to keep my hands germ free by using hand sanitizer and to my surprise it had PG in it...Same with my shampoos and conditioner. I have recently decided to GO Green, all natural for me since this might work. And when it comes to hair products and skin products, Try Burts Bees....it’s natural and PG free.
Posted by Michelle on Mar 21st, 2011
I have a Propylene Glycol allergy. Cerave cream I can use. I use Protopic as needed now that I have calmed down the eczema around my eyes that looked like a mask. For now, I am just using Vaseline around my eyes to retain the moisture I have in my skin (which isn't much) and Protopic as needed. Just ordered some eye cream from Bare Minerals and don't know about it yet. Basically, I was stripped down to using next to nothing and touching next to nothing for two months by the dermatologist at Baylor College of Medicine named Dr. Katta. I only used Neutrogena soap (not other soap when I went out, either), Palmolive in the kitchen (with gloves on), Detergent with nothing in it, and Free and Clear shampoo. The only conditioner I used on my dry hair was after I got out of the lukewarm shower -- coconut oil I got at the local Indian grocery store. Oh, I played around with Shea butter, too, but its graininess bothers me. Need to find out about dryer sheets. I'm suspicious of them.
Posted by Elise on Jan 11th, 2011
I posted a while ago, i have more to share. After more than a year of PG allergy gone wild (huge symptoms with small amounts), it's very milder now. I just stopped using anything for a while as PG is nearly in everything (i went so drastic because i have a condition), cooked my own food, never drank nor ate anything processed, only used one brand of tea oil that don't seem to contain PG (Jin long yu brand, a Chinese brand), bought organic meat to cook(animals seem to be given huge PG amount while living, rinsed with PG solution afterward to be depilated), only used Neutrogena facial soap, and moisturizer (not everyday), a shampoo (Pantene), a shower gel, a toothpaste (Aquafresh)but more often, bicarbonate, one hand soap. Nothing more, ever. For the rest : tea oil (for nails, for skin, for hair, for facial mask, for lips). I wore a mask for that long too. Because of products other people use (i had to be at least one meter away from people for a while, otherwise, i had symptoms), because of perfumes, anti bacterial stuffs sprayed, because of cars (i am sensitive to diesel too). I very rarely wore make up. Now, tremors, neurologic symptoms, etc are gone. Hyperosmia is gone too (but hyperosmia is quite convenient to avoid PG). I still don't use anything that contains PG, even if it is as an ingredient of ingredient, thought. But in situations where i can't avoid PG (sprayed, other people perfume, etc), it's nearly ok. No burning sensations in lungs, no rashes anymore, just red eyes (which goes away by itself quite quickly) if i encountered PG too long. It's been on an off for me since i am a child, but never that strongly after i've been treated for immune problems. (I had several acidoketosis in the past years though...), my doctor thinks i am sensitive to macrogols (PEG) too when ingested in medicines. He also told me a long time ago not to eat any polyols (i.e glycols) either (because i am diabetic)) My doctor told me my allergy is back when my immune system is slightly down. (But PG might be immunosuppressive...). I also used a lot of sodium bicarbonate. It helped, a lot. While doing a lot of research, i read from medical journals that they actually use sodium bicarbonate in hospitals to treat glycol intoxications... It also seems to help preventing what PG does (acidoketosis, candidiases outbreaks(candida), etc). Probiotics helps too. (Of course, ask your doctor before taking them). Bicarbonate also relieves gum problems (from PG), "changed color" tongue (from PG), you can use it directly on your toothbrush as a toothpaste, its taste is horrible, but for me, it works! I drink it (half a tea spoon in water) whenever i don't feel good because of PG, it is very effective for me. Bicarbonate is natural, cheap, has hundreds of use (nails, beauty masks, etc etc...), i really recommend it!
Posted by Ann on Mar 21st, 2011
I recently found out I was allergic to PG, latex, Formaldehyde, and Thiuram Mix. I was broken out around my eyes/eyelids and mouth and lips-very severe. My dermatologist kept giving me creams with PG before we figured it out. Elidel, Hydrocortisone, and Ketoconazole all had PG in it. The derm. gave me Albolene cleanser-great for dry skin only cuz it is oily. I use it to remove my makeup. I use bare mineral makeup without problems. Ecco bella makes lipstick that I can use. Dr. Bronner makes great organic soaps and lip balms. I use california baby super sensitive for my little ones-be careful what you use on them cuz of all the kissing you do to their faces and head. Charlies soap is great for clothes and they make a spray cleaner that cleans everything. Finding hand sanitizer is tough. I found germ x hand sanitizing wipes singles from Sams club don’t contain PG from the ones made in Israel only. The ones made in the US have PG in them. I buy everclear alcohol at the liquor store and make my own sanitizer since it is 90% ethyl alcohol made from grain. I dilute with a little distilled water and it cleans granite counters without nasty chemicals. Derm. also gave me Cerave but I don’t like all the parabens in there. I shop a lot at healthsuperstore.com or vitacost.com-they show all ingredients.