In true blogger form, I have been trying a lot of products lately, and a lot of natural products, I should add.
Of course, in trying a lot of products, I have learned something about myself: I may have developed a sensitivity to tree nuts. Wonderful.
While this may seem like an odd allergy, it is not so rare and any Google search on tree nuts will produce a list of tree nuts to avoid eating if you have a full-on allergy. However, there seems to be little consumer information published on what beauty products to avoid if you have a contact allergy to tree nuts. I could not find a comprehensive list anywhere on the internet.
From my research, I have collected my own preliminary list of what to avoid in beauty products if you have a tree nut allergy: argan oil, almond oil, macadamia nut oil, shea butter, ginkgo biloba, and any derivation of walnuts such as walnut shell powder or Brazil nuts such as Brazil nut protein (in the Aveda Be Curly Style-Prep). In going back and inspecting all my beauty products, I have seen it all. There is also some debate on whether coconut oil should be added to the list, but I personally haven’t had a reaction to it. (Update: There is also some debate on whether shea butter should be on the list. I absolutely love the smell of shea butter but have yet to determine whether or not I react to it.)
So how did I discover my contact allergy to tree nuts?
It started with argan oil.
I used it on my hair for several months and loved it so much, I couldn’t see that it was the cause for a few random breakouts on the top of my back and the back of my neck. Then I started putting argan oil on my face. Bad idea.
The reaction took a few days to show up but within a few weeks I was majorly broken out. The day after I stopped using it my face began to calm down.
I still didn’t make the connection to tree nuts, though, and started using a makeup remover of olive oil, jojoba oil and almond oil. (My skin does not react to olive or jojoba oil.) Bad idea, again.
Within a week I was broken out. I’m talking deep, underground things. Gross. I knew the bumps weren’t actually pimples because they never came to a head. (Sorry, true.)
So I stopped using the product with almond oil and like before, my skin calmed down.
I have no problems with fruit or seed oils (my skin loves maracuja oil and jojoba oil!) but tree nut oils are a different story.
So why am I telling you this?
Because I think everyone needs to be aware of what they are putting on their skin and how their skin reacts to it.
I think from now on, I am going to avoid tree nut oils altogether, even on my hair, and go for something like grapeseed oil. Because who wants to risk touching their hair and then touching their face and breaking out? Not this girl.
NOTE: With the popularity of this post, I would just like to note that, as with anything I might say, you should always consult your doctor. I am not the lone resource on anything. I simply want to learn and share my experiences.