On Monday I decided to tint my eyebrows for going on holiday. I have tinted my eyebrows before and had no allergic reaction at all. You are supposed to do a patch test before you use this, but I have never had a reaction so didn't see the point. (Also me being inpatient and lazy!) So I went ahead and tinted my eyebrows, doing everything by the book, putting Vaseline around the eyebrow area etc.
Everything was fine until a few hours later when the skin around my eyebrows started to go very red, hot and itchy. I didn't realise how bad the situation was until I looked in the mirror! I'm not even going to post any pictures of my horrible brows!
So with red itchy inflamed eyebrows I went to bed, waking up the next morning to find my eyelids and the area around my eyebrow completely swollen! They were so swollen that I could hardly open my eyes, and I tried everything from putting cold tea bags on my eyes to a frozen pack of Birds Eye peas! None of these things helped, and it was only that evening the swelling went down, but not completely.
The next day with my eyes still mildly swollen, my eyebrows were still red, sore and itchy, and I noticed little clear blisters starting to form. The type you get with a cold sore.
I decided to smother them in Blistex, which is a cream for cold sores and chapped lips. Today the blisters have gone, my eyebrows aren't as itchy and the redness has reduced considerably. The skin around the eyebrow area is flaking off now... but it seems that everything is clearing up and I'm slowly getting back to a normal looking face!!
Have you ever had a reaction like this?