Just a thought but do you think it's possible that along with your skin reaction, you might also be suffering from Postpartum Depression, having a ten month old? I know the change in your appearance is enough to trigger how your feeling, but I just did some quick research and found two links (attached below).
If not Postpartum, maybe your reaction to the cream might be connected to Estrogen and progesterone level dropping or thyroid hormone drop? I don't know just trying to help you maybe figure a link to why your skin responded. It might be something to ask the dermatologist on the 29th or your GP.
I also found an article on, "5 Skin Problems After Pregnancy- The horror ...they suggest laser as a treatment for all listed, so not attaching a link, but here was the gist.
What it is: Due to hormonal changes and possibly weight gain, pressure in the veins increases, causing blood vessels in the face to enlarge, leaving a red, spiderlike mark.
What it is: Elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone trigger melanocytes, causing dark spots to appear on the skin.
What it is: Changes in hormones can induce red, flaky patches on the face.
What it is: Elevated progesterone levels produced by the body to maintain a healthy uterine lining during pregnancy can cause increased secretion from oil glands, sebum buildup, and clogged pores.
(O.k, kittee, just reading those makes me want to cry!
The good news though is from what I read they're treatable, if that's connected at all to what you're experiencing.)
Here are also two links to PPD. http://www.babycenter.com/0_postpartum- ... ety_227.bchttp://www.novabirthcenter.com/Birth/Po ... ssion.aspx
Also, there was something called "Postpartum Thyroiditis" that causes dry skin and other issues. Don't think it has anything to do with you but, who knows?, so posting it anyway. I'm not saying anything I just wrote is connected to your skin reaction, as I'm not a doctor/never had a baby, just did some research for you to try and help. Disregard, if it doesn't relate to you.
What is postpartum thyroiditis?
Postpartum thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid that affects about 4 to 10 percent of women during the first year after giving birth.2 Thyroiditis causes stored thyroid hormone to leak out of the inflamed thyroid gland and raise hormone levels in the blood.
Postpartum thyroiditis is believed to be an autoimmune condition and causes mild hyperthyroidism that usually lasts 1 to 2 months. Many women then develop hypothyroidism lasting 6 to 12 months before the thyroid regains normal function. In some women, the thyroid is too damaged to regain normal function and their hypothyroidism is permanent, requiring lifelong treatment with synthetic thyroid hormone. Postpartum thyroiditis is likely to recur with future pregnancies.
Postpartum thyroiditis often goes undiagnosed because the symptoms are mistaken for postpartum blues—the exhaustion and moodiness that sometimes follow delivery. If symptoms of fatigue and lethargy do not go away within a few months or a woman develops postpartum depression, she should talk with her health care provider. If the hypothyroid symptoms are bothersome, thyroid medication can be given.