Q: I recently tried a new anti-aging serum and ended up with red, blotchy patches on my cheeks. Does this mean I’m allergic to it?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
If you’ve never experienced a reaction to a skincare product, consider yourself lucky. It happens to many of us. Irritated skin can be caused by a number of things, including medications, topical irritants, infections or immune system disorders. When an allergen is responsible for triggering an immune system response, you may suffer from something as minimal as a little itch or as severe as a full-blown allergic reaction. Yikes!