Post # 1
I had my first dress fitting this week and I love my dress! The only issue is my skin. As soon as the lace touched my shoulders, I turned blotchy and red. This was only where the lace had contact with my skin.
I don’t think I’ve had a similar reaction to clothes before, the only thing I can compare it to is blotchy skin on my chest after drinking alcohol.
It is a lace topper, and the seamstress can’t sew anything underneath. How do I manage this on the day? I am so fair, so it’s really obvious.
The only thing I can think of is taking an antihistamine. Are there any bees who can recommend anything?!? help!!!
Post # 2
Possibly it’s not the dress at all, but something sprayed on the dress to keep it stiff or unwrinkled in shipping. Can you get it freshly cleaned and see if you still have the same effect?
Post # 3
That’s really odd. Unless it’s some oddball type of fabric you’ve never touched before and might be allergic to, it could potentially be a detergent or something along those lines that is on the fabric? Maybe look into getting it dry cleaned awhile before to remove whatever you might be allergic to and see if that helps?
Is it also possible that you were just excited about the dress and it was an emotional one rather than a physical one? I know I get all blotchy when I’m stressed.
I probably have no idea what I’m talking about, just some suggestions!
Post # 4
I would get it dry cleaned to remove any chemicals they might have on it? This sucks. As someone who suffers from a lot of skin allergies, I know this is stressful- especially when you don’t know the cause.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I agree with PP, it sounds like something the fabric has been treated with. For example, I can’t wear anything that has been through the dryer with a dryer sheet! I don’t so much get a rash, but I itch like CRAZY!
Post # 6
I have fair, sensitive skin. Ask if they can clean it! It may be starch or another chemical causing the reaction
Post # 7
Thanks everyone – I will see what she says.
I could have just been excited/ nervous about the dress. I was rushing around all day too which won’t have helped!
Post # 8
I tried on a lace dress and the same happened with me. For me, I think it was just because the lace was pretty rough and itchy.
Post # 9
I had this once, despite having a lot of lace items. Take it to the dry cleaners and explain your situation. Ask them if they can have it cleaned thoroughly. There might be traces of irritants such as those clothing starches to keep fabric stiff.
Post # 10
I’m pale and I have the same issue, anything textures like that – lace, wool, etc will give me red patches. Best advice from me is get a spray tan which helps!
Post # 11
I have this same problem with lace. Any time I wear it I get red marks from the scratchiness. The store I purchased my dress from recommended putting wax on the back of the lace to prevent irritation. Apparently they make a special kind of seamstress wax for this purpose that will make the lace feel smooth on your skin.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2017 - Chase Court
This has happened to me before. I have the same problem with lace scratching my skin and I get red where it touches. I think you can ask if they can put something on the edge of the lace (maybe moleskin?) so it doesn’t irritate it. I will probably have the same problem—I ordered lace cap sleeves with my dress but I haven’t tried them on yet. And if you do end up taking antihistamines, I would do a Claritin over a Benadryl, so it doesn’t totally knock you out. (I have lots of allergies.) Good luck!