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Are You Allergic to Your Makeup?

Posted 09/23/2015 | By HealthCorps

Many makeup products contain a long list of ingredients, including stabilizers, preservatives, and in some cases vitamins like vitamin C and E. If you suspect that you may be allergic to your makeup (or one of the ingredients), consider buying products labeled “hypoallergenic,” or “100% fragrance free.” Added fragrances can be one of the many allergens, since many make up products are scented to be more appealing. You can also develop an allergy over time simply due to multiple exposures to one or more ingredients. Vitamin E has been implicated as an ingredient that you can become allergic to over time, especially if you apply it regularly to your skin. Another allergen that may be off your radar is nail polish, which can actually cause an eye allergy, especially if you touch your eyelids a lot during the day.

Even if you have used a particular product for a long time, companies often change formulations, and you may be allergic to just that one new ingredient that’s introduced. That can explain a new allergy to a product you’ve been using for a while. You should always patch test new skin care products (or new formulations) by dabbing a small amount on your wrist area. Then wait to see if you have a reaction. It’s possible to have an allergy to natural ingredients too.

You can always call the customer service department if you think a formulation may have changed. They should be able to provide you with an answer and even identify the new ingredients.

Always take makeup off completely with appropriate makeup remover lotions or oils and then thoroughly clean your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser. Use preparations labeled for sensitive skin if you are allergy prone. Allowing residual makeup to accumulate and remain on your face can instigate a rash or skin reaction. As a rule, always go to sleep with a clean face.

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