Cosmetic allergiesAllergies to cosmetics are very common and can be a real pain for a few women. Unlike, other type of allergies like food allergies or dust allergies which can be easily avoided because you know exactly what may be causing it, allergies to make up and skin products are difficult to prevent because most of you don’t know exactly what substance or chemical in the cosmetic is causing the allergy. Here are some answers that might help you.

What can be done immediately after an allergic reaction becomes visible?

If you experience itching, redness or swelling after applying a cosmetic product

  • Stop using it for a while. If the allergic reaction involves eyelids stop using the product totally.
  • Remove the applied make in a right way by gently cleansing the skin using neutral lotions or plain water.
  • Do not scrub the skin and do not use toner as it may further cause irritation.      
  • If there’s swelling, you can some apply ice. Do not use hot water or steam to clear the surface.
  • Dab the surface of skin gently with a soft cloth. Do not use cotton.
  • Avoid applying creams that contain cortisone to get relief from irritation. These creams just provide temporary relief and may weaken the skin tissues.
  • After the irritation has reduced, you can apply some mild, neutral moisturizer or cold cream.
  • For a few days after experiencing an allergic reaction, do not apply makeup or any harsh cosmetics. If you want to apply sunscreen, use the one which contains mineral filters.

Treatment of cosmetic allergies

If you are not sure which product has caused an allergic reaction, you should consult a cosmetologist or dermatologist. Your doctor will decide the treatment based on a clinical examination. Sometimes, a patch skin test may be needed to identify specific ingredients in cosmetics you may be allergic to.

  • Allergic reactions like eruptions or acute eczema are treated with application cortisone creams and thermal water for a specific time.
  • Antihistamines may be prescribed to soothe itching.
  • If the skin becomes blistered, then antibiotics may also be prescribed.

Tips to prevent cosmetic allergies

  • Limit the number of skin and beauty products you use. Specifically, stay away from highly scented products.
  • Use products that are suitable for your skin type. You can consult a dermatologist before using a new product.
  • Avoid using highly concentrated pure products. Don’t mix multiple products before applying, especially shampoos.
  • Prefer products which clearly mention the formulation and direction of use in the labels.
  • You could use some herbal alternatives to cosmetics.
  • Don’t share your applicators and make up brushes with anyone. The chances of transfer of allergen are higher.
  • Always check the expiry date before buying cosmetics. Old cosmetics can be harmful to the skin.
  • If the substance you are allergic to is identified through a test, you can prevent recurring allergies by completely eliminating products containing those ingredients from your make up kit. 

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