Post # 1
Well actually I don’t know if I’m technically allergic, but the top of my dress’s bodice is definitely irritating my skin.
My wedding is May 9 and I had my final fitting last night. At this fitting, and all previous fittings (4!!) the top of my dress has turned my skin bright red… I have extremely fair skin so this is super noticeable. The dress has a little bit of tulle and beading at the very top, but the inside is lined with satin. I suspect it’s just the tulle scratching my skin, but there is so little of it that is actually in contact with my skin (maybe 1/4" max?).
I’ve booked a dermatologist appointment for this Monday to see if anything can be done to soothe my skin, but I thought I’d ask the hive for suggestions as well. Has anyone used anything over-the-counter that helped to combat redness?
Post # 3
Try some Body Glide – the stuff runners use to reduce chafing.
There’s also a product by Monistat, Soothing Care Chafing Relief Gel – you can get it at a drugstore.
Post # 4
Let me know how you make out! I have similar issues since my skin is so sensitive!
Post # 5
I have extremely sensitive skin also…like I end up bright red (which is saying something b/c I have dark skin) if I wear any but the finest gauge cashmere sweater for even an hour.
One thing I’ve found is that since I’ve switched to bath products without Sodium Laureth Sulfates (Dr. Bronner’s seems to work well for me), my skin has been a *lot* less sensitive to fabrics. I think the SLS’s provide a constant irritant and reducing them means my skin is not so inflamed all the time. It might be too close to your wedding for this change to help, but you might try it…and hopefully it would help in the future with other fabrics. I also use Tide Free detergent which I think has helped a bit also.
And I second the request that you let us know if there’s some cream you find that works…I have no lace etc at all touching my skin for my dress, but having such sensitive skin is pretty limiting fashion-wise 🙂
Post # 6
I would load up on benadryl before you even start to break out…if you can. However, if it makes you drowsy that may be worse than being red! The runner’s grease may help provide a barrier too.
Post # 7
I had the same problem with a beautiful wedding dress I tried on. It was so irritating, I couldn’t stand wearing it.
I use Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream and Origins Plantidote Mega Mushroom Serum to combat redness on my face. The Serum reduces redness & irriation extremely well, so you might give that a try.
Post # 8
Can they remove the tulle at the top?
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union
Make sure to bring a picture of you in the dress if you have one, even a picture of the inside top of your dress to show the dermatologist. I agree about the SLS products making skin more sensitive. Good Luck!!!
Post # 10
It’s also possible that you’re sensitive not to the tulle itself but to the sizing in the tulle. Do you often have trouble wearing something brand new before it has been washed? It may help to have the dress cleaned.
Post # 11
I find tulle irritating, too!
Worst case scenario they cover your neckline with some super stay makeup. At least it’d help combat the redness if it’s an inevitable thing. I hope you can get it fixed!
Post # 12
Wow so many replies, thanks gals =)
Just to clarify… I’m not breaking out, my skin is just turning pink, as if I had a mild sunburn. I’m not normally THIS sensitive to fabrics, I think the bodice is just rubbing me the wrong way. And it happens instantaneously. The second I have the dress on, I turn pink… maybe because the inner corset being tied puts pressure on the area. My Maid/Matron of Honor suggested draping a handkerchief between my skin and the top of the dress while it’s being laced up, so I’ll probably try that on the big day.
The tulle at the top can’t be removed because the entire gown is covered in tulle (Enzoani Arabella… I’ll attempt to post pics). That’s why I don’t think I’m allergic to the tulle or the sizing in it, because it’s not as if I turn red when my hand touches the skirt, for example. I’m just red at the neckline, where that teeny tiny bit of tulle rolls over the top and meets the satin underlayer. (Argh so hard to explain =D)
Post # 13
Ok Derm bee here to help, first yes if there is an chemical in any sizing that can make you irritated second even fabric can do this (Contact Dermatitis is your diagnosis). Benadryl makes most people sleepy so try a Claritin antihistamine and a Pepcid AC (generics are fine) together as well as extra strength Cortaid (hydrocortisone cream) prior. Also make sure your skin is in good shape prior to by using extra gentle sensitive skin cleansers and lots of good moisturizer (cetaphil, or ceraVe example). If the OTC (over the counter) doesn’t work see a Derm (like me 😉 for rx strength products. Good Luck.
Post # 14
Here’s a pic of my first dress – same exact thing happens to me. I’m not allergic to the material, I just have sensitive skin. The dress just irritated it. My derm was the one who recommended the Body Glide. It happens instantly and all along the entire top of my dress.
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Post # 15
You could be actually allergic to the lining–especally if it’s a silk satin. I’m horribly allergic to silk (which made dress shopping an adventure) and I turn red and itch like crazy. Maybe your seamstress could line the inside with a layer of cotton or something… Good luck!
Post # 16
I doubt it’s an allergy…as you have said, you’re only irritated where it rubs your skin. Body Glide REALLY worked for me. I had the same problem, a seam on my dress got "under my skin" and I loved the dress, but the redness! A little Body Glide and whew! My body couldn’t tell it was there!