Skin care products, makeup, perfumes and other cosmetics are a large part of our life. If you have ever experienced redness, swelling, itching or any abnormal reaction to make-up, skin or hair care products, perfume or any form of cosmetics, you have been a victim of Contact Dermatitis and should remain cautious when trying new products.
Here are some practical tips which can reduce your chances of experiencing skin reactions to cosmetics:
1) Look for products that are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Select products with simple formulas, thus fewer ingredients. This will help you narrow down the offending ingredient if you experience a problem.
2) Try a skin test by applying the product to your inner wrist and wait 24 hours to see if you develop a negative reaction.
3) If you use a product that irritates your skin – Stop applying any cosmetics to the affected area at once.
4) Do not share makeup or makeup applicators. Use disposable applicators whenever available. Clean reusable applicators frequently.
5) Discard outdated products. Many products require preservatives. Over time they may no longer be effective against bacterial contamination.
6) Perfumes and fragrances are frequently a cause of allergic contact dermatitis. Try putting these on your clothing rather than on your skin.
7) Follow the product’s directions for use and any warning labels. Avoid excessive or inappropriate use of any skin care product.
8) Make a note of the product’s ingredients if you experience a negative reaction. This is the 1st step in the process of eventually identifying the ingredient that you should avoid in the future.
Following these simple tips cannot guarantee success, but they may help you avoid
that rash before your next Big Reveal.