(Closed) Help… wedding is in 2 weeks and I’m allergic to my dress!!

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Let me know how you make out!  I have similar issues since my skin is so sensitive!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Can they remove the tulle at the top? 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • 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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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 # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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. 

 Good Luck!! [attachment=183627,13882]

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Bee Keeper

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!

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