ALL ABOUT MAKEUP ALLERGYMakeup allergy is an occurrence that involves the appearance of rashes on account of using cosmetic products. Since we use cosmetics mostly on our face, our countenance has to bear the brunt of allergies if they occur. Makeup allergy is caused when your skin reacts to a certain cosmetic product on account of your skin being sensitive or if the product has expired or certain ingredients contained in the product are not suitable for your skin type.

Some Factors Associated With Makeup Allergies:

Fragrance: Fragrance in skin care products and face makeup can be potent cause of allergy. Be very careful with the choice of creams, foundations and face powders. Mostly they are scented and can trigger allergy. The ‘unscented’ products available in the market may not necessarily be free from fragrance; hence look for ‘fragrance-free’ products that are ‘without perfume’.

Preservatives: Makeup contains preservatives and these preservatives are very common allergens to which your skin tends to react. At times, you come across big brands that do not mention the complete list of ingredients. Be careful and if you wish to be on the safe side, always go for a patch test before you use such a product. You never know how your skin is going to respond!

Expiry date: Always try to use your cosmetic products within the mentioned date of expiry. Every product has a shelf life and adhering to the dates is a great way to avoid getting makeup allergy.

How To Deal With Makeup Allergy? If you experience redness, swelling or itching after using any cosmetic product, here is how you deal with it:

  • Do not use it for the time being. If your eyelids are affected as a part of the allergy, stop using the product altogether.
  • Remove the makeup properly using water and a neutral cleanser.
  • Refrain from using scrubs and toners.
  • Application of ice is considered safe if there is a swelling. However, say ‘no’ to hot water and facial steaming.
  • Do not use creams that have cortisone. Though such creams claim to give you relief, the respite is short-lived and these creams tend to weaken the tissues of your skin in the process.
  • Refrain from using makeup for a few days. When you start using cosmetics again, make sure you do not use harsh cosmetics.
  • See a dermatologist if symptoms persist.

How To Prevent Cosmetic Allergies?

  • Use cosmetic products in moderation.
  • Refrain from using products that are highly scented.
  • Avoid mixing products like creams or shampoos before you use them.
  • Choose products that mention the ingredients and how you should use them.
  • Avoid sharing makeup brushes and applicators with anyone.
  • Check expiry dates before you buy or use a product.
  • If you are allergic to an ingredient and you know about it, eliminate products that contain such an ingredient from your cosmetic box.

It is desired that you practise caution while using cosmetics. Be safe and stay beautiful!