- 4 years ago
So, this is kind of silly, but after a few unhelpful Google searches– I thought maybe someone here could shed some light on a situation for me. I recently returned from a 7 day cruise to the Caribbean, which was awesome! Unfortunately around day 2 onboard, I noticed that my skin( mainly on my face) started going haywire.
I typically have acne prone skin, but I have spent (no lie) THOUSANDS of dollars over the years on Acutane, organic products, expensive makeup and have kept it at bay pretty well, even though I am 26 and still have skin issues.
My face, and specifically my checks, chin and forehead started to develop tiny little whiteheads that would become really swollen, then become insanely itchy, almost rash like, except it was clearly a pimple and not a rash. So, I went through 5 days of this and all but stopped putting anything on my face except for some very mild lotion– and even that irritated it! I took some Benadryl at one point, which seemed to temporarily help, but I couldn’t pump Benadryl for 5 days and still be functional.
I have been back since Sunday, and in 2 days my skin is almost back to normal with just a few little areas are stubbornly hanging on. My question is, what do cruise ships ( or more specifically Royal Caribbean) treat their onboard water with OR what types of detergent do they use?
I am thinking it has to be something in the chemicals that they specifically use to cause this type of reaction. I am allergic to nickel, but that is the only specific skin allergy I know of, and am wondering if this is something I would need to consider for future cruises! Anyone else ever experience this?