Makeup Ingredients That Could Be Causing an Allergy

06/01/2016

Before you purchase that tub of makeup awesomeness, do check if it has harsh chemical ingredients you are likely allergic to. It could be a previous allergic reaction or a history of reactions after using a family of substances and ingredients. Better safe than sorry – and unwell from the unnecessary rashes and results. 

  1. Salicylic acid – It has the same active ingredient in aspirin. Note that salicylic acid is usually for blemish treatment, but can cause hives and inflammation in certain individuals using it. You may opt for benzoyl peroxide to clear up your acne if this acid simply irritates your skin.
     
  2. Aluminum – Commonly found in deodorant and antiperspirant products, aluminum is a salt and can then cause redness, itching, and swelling. Use magnesium oil as an alternative when preventing sweating. There are alum-free deodorants in the market, too. 
     
  3. Sulfates – These can be found in cleansers and shampoos, but can cause redness and dryness on skin that is sensitive and prone to eczema. Seek a milder treatment through using sulfate-free personal care products. 
     
  4. Retinol – Anti-aging and sun damage superstar has a major drawback, which is its drying and irritating results. While there are rare toxic reactions from retinol, you may experience some level of irritation, so seek the right anti-aging and collagen stimulation alternatives. 
     
  5. Fragrances – Watch out, as these are the top cause of skin allergies. Even an unscented product can carry fragrances to cover up the smell of the formulation. If you’re allergic to them, you can have itching, swelling, and eyes swelling shut in severe cases. Proactively seek fragrance-free formulas.  

Play it safe and apply a patch test of the product to the back of your arm before using it. Use it if no rash or redness appears after 24 hours. If you happen to experience irritation, use a mild topical steroid like cortisone. Oral antihistamines can be a solution, too. For severe reactions, go to your doctor or opt for more severe, oral steroids to address the allergic response. 


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