It can be frustrating to realize that the cosmetic products you just purchased to boost your appearance has actually backfired and irritated your skin instead. Cosmetic products for the skin, including make-up, bring in billions of dollars in revenue each year. While the FDA and USDA issue safety guidelines when it comes to cosmetics, that doesn’t mean that every skin type will respond without problem. A make-up that works beautifully for one person may produce a red, itchy rash in the next. Finding a make-up that works best for your skin is highly important, especially if these are products you are putting on your skin everyday.
A make-up allergy is not uncommon. It is typically a form of contact dermatitis. There are cosmetic products that may cover up your facial flaws with perfection, but if your skin reacts poorly, you may end up with more problems than you started with. In most cases, a make-up allergy is easily treated, especially with the help of a dermatologist. Beyond stopping the trigger product altogether, your dermatologist may suggest an antihistamine or steroid to treat the rash.
Why is the skin vulnerable to an allergy from make-up? Cosmetic products are composed of varying mixtures of perfumes, emulsifiers, pigments, and preservatives as well as a variety of inert materials. They commonly contain exotic botanical substances as well, which not everyone can tolerate.
If you suspect that your make-up is not agreeing with you, whether it is a brand new foundation or an eye shadow you’ve always used, don’t ignore the issue. Signs and symptoms of a make-up allergy include a red, itchy and/or scaly rash. You may also experience hives or blisters. In many cases, a stinging or burning sensation may be felt after the make-up is applied. It is also possible for a make-up allergy to show up as blackheads, folliculitis or darkened skin.
Just because you have sensitive skin, doesn’t mean you can’t wear make-up. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we can help determine the specific ingredient your skin is reacting to. There are many cosmetic products available that are designed for sensitive skin. To start, try products that are all-natural, oil-free, paraben-free and/or fragrance free. You deserve to look beautiful and feel comfortable in your make-up!