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Posted on Sep 8, 2014 |

The Right Way With COSMETICS

The Right Way With COSMETICS

Allergic Reactions To Cosmetics

Acute allergies:
Acute allergic reactions to cosmetics are easily recognisable. The skin becomes red and inflamed or develops oozy rashes immediately or within 24 to 48 hours of the use of a new cosmetic. It is especially true with hair dyes. Discontinuing the use of the cosmetic in question prevents future allergies.

Chronic allergies:
Chronic cosmetic allergies develop in a variety of ways and they can even go unrecognised if the person is unaware of the possibility of an allergic reaction. Some of their signs are:

  • Mild burning or stinging sensation upon the use of a cosmetic.
  • Fine scaling on the face at the end of the day.
  • Chronic, fine, pimple-like eruptions which fail to respond to treatment.
  • Acne or comedone formations at an age where you are not supposed to develop them.
  • Pigmentation and darkening of skin, because some cosmetics may be photosensitive, making your skin sensitive to sunlight and causing the tan.
Causes Of Cosmetic Allergies
  • You may be allergic to one or more components in a given cosmetic.
  • The product in use by you is likely to be past its expiry date.
  • The product is too thick that it blocks the pores and leads to pimple formation.
  • The product is making your skin sensitive to sunlight and is causing pigmentation.
Treating The Adverse Effects Of Cosmetics
  • For chronic cosmetic allergies, you should use a prescribed steroid cream for a few days. Once the allergy subsides, it is best to give yourself a two-week break for the hypersensitive nature of the skin to heal.
  • Start by using only one cosmetic at a time. You may add a new one every seven days to determine which product is causing the reaction.
  • Complex allergies, where you are unable to identify the allergen, should always be referred to a doctor.
Choose The Right Product
  • Buy branded products, because branded products would have gone through the mandatory tests before arriving in the market. They are also more likely to contain hypoallergenic substances.
  • Buy cosmetics according to your skin type. Then, skin irritation and pimple formation will not happen.
  • Desist from changing your cosmetic brand if your current brand is suiting you well. There is no guarantee that a new brand will suit your skin better.
  • Check for a hypoallergenic label. These products are formally tested to minimise allergic or irritant reactions, making them relatively safe.
  • Buy products with few ingredients. It minimises the chances of cross reactivity.
  • A lot of skin care products have added vitamins, but there’s no proof about their benefits to skin.
  • People with sensitive skin should be more careful while using multiple cosmetics.
  • Skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis or severe dry skin have decreased barrier function, which increases the chances of allergic reactions.
Patch Test for Cosmetic Reactions
  • Apply a little product on the forearm or on eyebrows (for facial products).
  • Leave it overnight for observation.
  • Continue the test for about five days and use the cosmetic only if there is no reaction.
The Right Way To Apply Cosmetics
  • Apply moisturiser half an hour prior to applying a cosmetic. It makes for better blending and even distribution.
  • Use a sunscreen below a cosmetic to prevent sun allergies.
  • Apply light cosmetics and add more, only if necessary.
  • Always remove your old make-up before applying a new one.
  • Sleeping overnight without removing the make-up increases the chances of acne formation and allergic reaction.
  • Always moisturise after removing the make-up.

Cosmetics are harmful when their preservative agents break down over time. To prevent allergic reactions, one should desist from using cosmetics that are over a year old. Discipline yourself and make a habit of discarding old and long-in-use cosmetics, periodically.