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How to Fight ALLERGY FACE®


By Sarah Parker Ward

As if the nation’s 50 million yearly allergy sufferers didn't have enough to deal with already – between sinus pressure and runny noses leaving them uncomfortable and feeling sick – they also have to figure out how to now look sick, too (talk about adding insult to injury). And there's a term for that allergy-sufferer look: ALLERGY FACE®.


ALLERGY FACE® is the term for those beauty challenges that are the result of allergy symptoms, like a red nose, general puffiness in the face and watery eyes. These seasonal allergy symptoms are not uncommon, and they certainly aren’t pleasant.

How to Treat ALLERGY FACE®

If you’re fighting ALLERGY FACE® beauty challenges, know that minimizing exposure to your allergy triggers is the best method for managing your seasonal allergies and reducing the severity of ALLERGY FACE®. But you don’t want to barricade yourself inside, either, so if you wake up one morning to discover these symptoms, use these tips:  

  • Facial Puffiness: Place cucumbers or green tea bags that have been steeped and then chilled around your eyes to help soothe dryness and inflammation. Consider using a gentle eye cream afterward to further help with dryness.
  • Watery Eyes: Gently rinse your eyes and eyelashes with water to remove the pollen from them, and wear sunglasses outdoors to serve as a shield to help prevent pollen from getting in your eyes.  
  • Red Nose: When your allergies are at their peak, you may have an irritated, red nose from blowing. Help reduce redness on your nose by applying a moisturizing oil, then a neutralizing concealer all around the red areas. Follow that up first with your usual concealer, then a dash of powder – and voila, you’re ready to roll.

While ALLERGY FACE® isn’t an allergy symptom itself, it can be a consequence of common allergy symptoms, like irritated eyes and a runny nose. The best way to treat those? An antihistamine for allergies, like ZYRTEC®.


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