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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Ellen, Community Member, asks

Q: can you break out in a rash from your own sweat?

I break out in a rash from my forehead to the nape of my neck in a burning red rash. My eye lids will even peel a layer of skin off after I use the prescription cream the Dr. gave me.  Burn, swelling and pain for weeks.  Doctor says it is my makeup. I use MaryKay and have for 12 years.  I think this occurs when I sweat. I am an outdoor girl, peri-mentopause, so I sweat once every hour for 1 1/2 minutes.  Got any ideas?? 

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12/ 1/08 12:09am

Hi Ellen,


I'm going to give you an answer that isn't totally scientific. I'm not sure what science says about sweat and skin allergies, but I will tell you that I have occasionally had sweat further irritate areas of eczema. Also, when I was perimenopausal, I had a few really awful hot flashes cause intense itching all over my body. I assume this has something to do with the increased flow of blood to the skin in such cases.


Don't totally discount what your doctor says, however. Allergies can crop up at any time, even to things you've never been allergic to before. So it IS possible you're allergic to your make up.


If you haven't seen an allergist, you might think about consulting one. You could also consult with a gynecologist about treatments for permenopause.


To your health,


Allison, Community Member
2/ 9/09 7:51pm

yes, it is possible. Whenever I have periods of time when I sweat more than usual I wind up with a horrible, itching burning rash under my arms, and around them. After seeing my doctor, he perscribed a cream to put on. I can't recall the name or anything, but it is basically an allergy to your own sweat.

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11/10/09 4:08am

hey i saw a doctor cuz i am allergic  to my own sweat he said that i can pay 140 a month for cream and pills or i can shower with selsun blue. something in it works my rashes i get on the inside part of my arms are gone.

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By Ellen, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/04/14, First Published: 11/26/08