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    I've been rotating through some of my samples. Usually I place the perfume on my arms. inner wrists, behind the ears and whatnot. Yesterday I placed some on my upper chest area and....broke out in bad acne on the chest. The perfume in question was Serge Luten's Jeux de Peau. The whole area I applied is littered in patches of acne on my chest and I'm not cool with it. The area on my arms and behind the ears are fine though.

    Has this happened to anyone else? I
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    Ouch! Sorry to hear that.
    Never happened to me luckily, but allergies to aromachemicals are common, unfortunately.

    Needless to say, take a break from perfumed products (not just perfume), and consult a dermatologist if the situation doesn't improve in a week or two.

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    Spray only on clothes.
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    Default Re: Perfume on skin causing breakouts

    If you don't want to spray directly on clothes, spray a cotton ball and carry it in a pocket. You could also try applying the perfume to a smaller area, where the skin is "tougher" - midway along the outer arm, for example.

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    Fortunately, it hasn't.
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    Has this happened to anyone else?
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    Yes, I can get this, if I'm not careful. Let me explain.

    This sounds very much like "pore-closing acne", which can be a common reaction to many astringent compositions, including (a) just plain alcohol, (b) older anti-acne medications, very ironically, and (c) any composition which dries skin surface, reduces natural skin oil fluidity, and closes pores without 100% kill of bacteria inside the pores. There may be a slight allergic component here, but the acne part sounds like a bacterial response to pore closure. These aromachems aren't dioxins - not that kind of acne. Very unlikely.

    Thus, it's probably more the where and the nature of the composition, than the components, as your description hints.

    I can get this response by too much scrubbing of skin, and too-frequent showering. The same skin that tolerates a fragrance with adequate oiliness, will get acne if overdried and then hit with a bunch of alcohol and rubbed (meaning perfume and then chafing with clothes). I can also get it without the perfume.

    Body lotions and aftershaves are perfect for preventing this, because they replenish oils and moisture, and are formulated for sensitive skin areas. For niche frags that have no body products, you can get an unscented body lotion and apply it under the fragrance. Also avoid too much scrubbing or shaving of fragrance application areas that experience any types of skin problems. Shaved skin should never get an alcohol fragrance, IMO, or at least not without lotion first.

    Hope this helps!
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    Default Re: Perfume on skin causing breakouts

    Clothes are much safer than spraying skin.
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Yes, I can get this, if I'm not careful. Let me explain.

    This sounds very much like "pore-closing acne", which can be a common reaction to many astringent compositions, including (a) just plain alcohol, (b) older anti-acne medications, very ironically, and (c) any composition which dries skin surface, reduces natural skin oil fluidity, and closes pores without 100% kill of bacteria inside the pores. There may be a slight allergic component here, but the acne part sounds like a bacterial response to pore closure. These aromachems aren't dioxins - not that kind of acne. Very unlikely.

    Thus, it's probably more the where and the nature of the composition, than the components, as your description hints.

    I can get this response by too much scrubbing of skin, and too-frequent showering. The same skin that tolerates a fragrance with adequate oiliness, will get acne if overdried and then hit with a bunch of alcohol and rubbed (meaning perfume and then chafing with clothes). I can also get it without the perfume.

    Body lotions and aftershaves are perfect for preventing this, because they replenish oils and moisture, and are formulated for sensitive skin areas. For niche frags that have no body products, you can get an unscented body lotion and apply it under the fragrance. Also avoid too much scrubbing or shaving of fragrance application areas that experience any types of skin problems. Shaved skin should never get an alcohol fragrance, IMO, or at least not without lotion first.

    Hope this helps!
    Yes it does. I've had to switch to bare bones basics in terms of skincare. I already use Bioderma in the shower instead of soap and also products like Avene and other low key 'French Pharmacy' cleansers to help preserve my moisture barrier as is. I was on a Korean skincare or Asian skin care rampage for years and realize I did more damage to the skin on my face as well as uncovered allergies to certain ingredients, mainly birch sap, mugwort, sage oil, etc...I've already had to purge most skincare that has certain essential oils on my skin, however perfume and oils in items like hair oil are totally fine. I spend a GREAT deal reading the ingredients and getting friendly with the INCI decoder to figure out what is going on my skin as is. I'm going to be out for surgery (another operation and more time spent at home) coming up so I'll probably be lucky to get a shower for the first week. I plan to, while on medical leave, order some newer skincare products such as La Roche-Posay, Uriage, Avene, and the like.

    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    Clothes are much safer than spraying skin.
    Yes - I agree. I usually either spray my shirt or my hair if I have a full bottle of the perfume and usually order my samples in a spray bottle, however this was a sample from a vial. I think that's why products like perfume spray for hair appeal to me or perfumed hair oil.
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    I get bacne breakouts if I use fragranced products on my body. But not perfumes though, thankfully. I believe we should learn a little more about the skin as a living organ and protective barrier. I’ve grown highly skeptical of skin care multi-step routines that first strip your skin of its natural oils and microflora in the name of ‘cleansing’, only to replace them with artificial moisturisers in step #2 or 3. Seems like an unnecessarily complicated routine designed and perpetuated to support a multi-billion dollar industry.
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    Default Re: Perfume on skin causing breakouts

    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    Clothes are much safer than spraying skin.
    Yes! And preferably nowhere near a place that can chafe skin on that part of the body or a different one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    I get bacne breakouts if I use fragranced products on my body. But not perfumes though, thankfully. I believe we should learn a little more about the skin as a living organ and protective barrier. I’ve grown highly skeptical of skin care multi-step routines that first strip your skin of its natural oils and microflora in the name of ‘cleansing’, only to replace them with artificial moisturisers in step #2 or 3. Seems like an unnecessarily complicated routine designed and perpetuated to support a multi-billion dollar industry.
    Everybody's skin is just a bit different, and it behooves us all to experiment and learn what we got! Your perfume-tolerant skin is a blessing!

    Totally agree about removal of natural oils. Unlearning that idea was a huge winner for me!
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    Default Re: Perfume on skin causing breakouts

    Experiment with different distances from skin when sprayed I would say at least 6 inches or more. If nothing distance wise helps spray your clothing works fine for me and my wife, add sprays if projection suffers on clothing. Most of mine 3-4 sprays are good sometimes 5-6 depending on the fragrance works excellent on clothing.

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    Never has happened to me, but my wife wore Sir Winston last night and she broke out a little bit and was very itchy. Easy fix though, wear the ones that make you break out on clothing only. Lasts longer that way anyway.

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    Default Re: Perfume on skin causing breakouts

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    Everybody's skin is just a bit different, and it behooves us all to experiment and learn what we got!
    This is so true.
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    Default Re: Perfume on skin causing breakouts

    The only area i've ever experienced a breakout is on the inside of my elbow.
    Natural oils can cause a breakout just as easily as an aromachemical however.
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    Just a question for people who apply to clothing often. Do you ever get staining on the clothes from applying frags to clothing directly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony8959 View Post
    Just a question for people who apply to clothing often. Do you ever get staining on the clothes from applying frags to clothing directly?
    Yes I do, I apply to a white cotton under shirt that way stains can’t be seen and their cheap to replace the good outer shirt never gets ruined. Or you could wear a black under shirt if it matches your attire and forget stains haha.
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    I seldom get problems with modern perfumes (I suspect staining is part of what big companies test for), but it happens-some perfumery materials can stain. One always has to test first.

    In addition to what suggested by speckman, one can also spray a handkerchief for the breastpocket. If a woman, a cotton ball for the cleavage.

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    Default Re: Perfume on skin causing breakouts

    I always spray perfumes on the chest, since I have this belief that it is the perfect spot. I tend to overspray a lot, and sometimes I feel a burning sensation when I apply the perfume. In such cases, my skin gets red. But I have never had any serious issues such as breakouts, or peeling.
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