You see, I'm allergic to formaldehyde. Yeah, you read it correctly. The nasty substance, which gives embalming fluid and fingernail polish it's nasty odor, builds up in my body over time until it's gained enough momentum to break my entire body out in a rash of tiny blisters that itch to no end. Weird, I know.
Determined ignorance is not a good idea, folks.
The outbreaks are getting closer together, despite the fact that I hardly ever wear fingernail polish, the last two outbreaks occurring within the last 5 years. What has changed? I could no longer ignore the situation, nor give fingernail polish sole responsibility for my dilemma.
Sneaky manufacturers use all kinds of synonyms and chemicals that 'act like' formaldehyde. Thanks to globalhealingcenter.com for this list of ingredients to look for and avoid:
*Formalin *Methanal *Oxymethyline *Urea *1,3-Dioxetane *Quaternium 15 *Methylaldehyde
*Methylene Oxide *Formic Aldehyde *Oxomethane Formalin *Phenol Formaldehyde
Now I'm off to check the products I'm currently using for the culprit responsible for this itchy reaction. And hopefully, I can prevent any future discomfort. *sigh*
Source: The Hidden Formaldehyde