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How to Fight ALLERGY FACE®


By Sarah Parker Ward

As if the nation’s 50 million yearly allergy sufferers don’t have enough to put up with between sinus pressure and runny noses leaving them uncomfortable and feeling sick, they also have to deal with looking sick, too.


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. It’s not uncommon, and it certainly isn’t pleasant.

Coping with 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 rinsing your eyes and eyelashes with water will remove the pollen from them, and wearing sunglasses outdoors will 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 make that redness disappear 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®.



With the exception of ZYRTEC®, the links provided in this article are for educational purposes only. No sponsorship or endorsement is implied. Information was used from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

©Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2016


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