Rash Caused by Cosmetics Allergy
One in four people say they have had an allergic skin reaction to a beauty product. You may develop an allergy to a new product or one you’ve used for years without problems. Eye makeup, long-wear lip stains, antiperspirants, moisturizers and nail polishes are the most common culprits. Some hair dyes and sunscreens may also cause irritation.
There are two types of skin reactions: irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. In irritant contact dermatitis, your skin is actually damaged. It may burn, sting or itch at the site of contact. With allergic contact dermatitis, your immune system triggers an allergic reaction. Symptoms may include redness, swelling, itching and a rash. This usually affects the face, lips, eyes, ears or neck.
Fragrances and preservatives are typically to blame for allergic skin reactions. The most common irritants are parabens, imidazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, phenoxyethanol, methylchloroisothiazolinone, and formaldehyde. Even if an ingredient is safe, your body may identify it as a harmful foreign substance and trigger an allergic reaction.
- A rash or bumps on the skin
- Itching (may be severe)
- Oozing or blisters
- Flaking or scaling
Cosmetics Rash Treatment
Stop using all cosmetics. Apply TriCalm Itch Relieving Hydrogel to soothe the itchy rash. If you are not sure which product caused irritation, add them back to your routine one at a time. Consult your doctor if you are not able to pinpoint the cause of irritation.
Look for cosmetics with few ingredients. Before applying the product over a large surface area, perform a patch test. Place a small amount of the product inside of your elbow and wait 48-72 hours. If you experience redness, swelling, itching or burning, discontinue the use of the product. Don’t rely on labels that say a cosmetic is “hypoallergenic” or “non-irritating”. The use of these terms is not regulated and individual reactions to cosmetics vary.