Allergies and Cosmetics

cosmetic allergiesCosmetic allergies usually happen to some people using a cosmetic product containing a certain ingredient that they are allergic to. Since most cosmetic products contain artificial ingredients and chemicals, some of them might cause the skin to develop some kind of allergic reaction. And with people using more and more skin products, it is more likely that many would experience an allergic reaction to some of them one way or another.

Types of Cosmetic Allergies

Different people have varied reaction to different chemicals contained in many cosmetic products. And there are various products that are commonly used by people that may contain one or more of these allergens. From shampoos, deodorants, make-up, perfumes, colognes to moisturizers, any of these cosmetics may contain an ingredient or two that a person may be allergic to. An allergic reaction to some of these chemicals may bring about either of the following types of reaction:

Irritant Contact Dermatitis- a common allergic reaction to cosmetics, irritant contact dermatitis occur when the chemical allergen from cosmetics actually damages the skin. It starts as an irritating rash or patches of scaly and itchy skin. It can later on develop into blisters that may ooze out especially if they are further irritated by continuous scratching. Such irritation may occur on the area of the skin where the allergen may have contact with.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis- this type of allergic reaction happens to people who are allergic to a certain ingredients in a specific cosmetic product. Symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis caused by cosmetics include redness, itching, and swelling. Sometimes the skin becomes red and sensitive to touch with the face ears and neck usually the common areas for allergic contact dermatitis. This type of allergy can also occur or appear anywhere on the body.

Treating Cosmetic Allergy

The best thing to do when an allergic reaction is triggered by a certain cosmetic product is to stop using all cosmetics altogether. When the symptoms of the allergy vanish, you can then try using the cosmetic products one at a time. This will help you to identify which of the products may be causing the allergic reaction. In case the specific product cannot be determined for sure, a doctor would usually try to make use of a patch skin test in order to identify the substances to which you are allergic to.

The best treatment for cosmetic allergy is avoiding the products that causes them once they are identified. For current symptoms that may crop up with an allergic reaction, over-the-counter creams and ointments containing cortisone are usually used.

Other ointments and creams containing hydrocortisone or hydrocortisone acetate may be used to treat allergy symptoms such as swelling, itching and redness. Severe allergic reactions may require prescription strength medication to treat the symptoms. For open blisters that has become infected, antibiotic medication may be required.