When my dermatologist evaluated the allergy test on my back a while ago, she said: “It’s probably easier if I tell you what you’re not allergic to.” Because she didn’t laugh, I knew she was serious. I was tested for preservatives and fragrances, which are often found in ointments, creams, shower gels and shampoos. Because in the weeks before, my skin had turned into a battlefield. She was suddenly red, itchy and oozing.

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