Are You Allergic To Makeup?

If you’re having skin irritation, no matter how slight it is, don’t be fooled if you think it’s just your skin tying to adapt to new things (as you mom, grandma, or aunts swearing with the particular product) because there’s a possibility, that your skin is allergic to the stuff.

As noted in FDA survey, as far as a quarter of percent of general population having unwanted skin reaction to at least one beauty products, that can range to a slight irritation and rashes to a full blown allergic reactions, requiring instant treatment. And funnily enough, there are also some cases where you have no idea that your skin is actually allergic to it, until years the skin will burn like hell.

Here’s what you need to know, when it comes to skin allergies: the first and instant skin reaction that you get, as soon as you use the product is called contact dermatitis, where the poor skin might feel burn, sting, itch, and even blisters (ouch!). The other one is when the product might affect your immune system – known as allergic contact dermatitis. Your skin can get red and it happens not just to the area your skin has the product; but they can include anywhere on your body.

And it makes it hard to diagnose the symptoms correctly, because you can’t really tell apart from these two conditions.

How can you tell which is the culprit?

Usually, the word ‘fragrances’ and preservatives , commonly used in quite an amount to cover up chemical scents in the product (and to make the aesthetically pleasing) are indeed the ones to blame and somehow, it’s true as most of the cases come from these culprits, with notable preservatives used in various products are parabens, imidazolidinyl urea, and formaldehyde.

There is also a potential risks when using acid products like alpha-hydroxy acids (especially in higher concentrations, more than 10%) and even your regular sunscreen that can make your skin react adversely to it.

The key is to be aware with the products you’re using and not making a light out of any unwanted reactions that you might be having (possibly as a way that your skin is crying for help). Stop whatever you are using and fix the problem right away. OTC creams like hydrocortisone to ease up inflamed and irritated skin. A natural remedy like olive oil will also do the trick.

You can avoid recurring incidents like that by simply using another product for the same purposes. A simple rule would be to use ones that have few ingredients, as much as possible as it might reduce the chances of contact dermatitis, as well as to make your job easier to narrow down the potential culprit should you still have one.

Doing a patch test before using the products wholeheartedly will also save a lot of time (and visits to doctors). All you need is to apply a bit to the inner arms and see if your skin reacted badly to it, within 24 hours.

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