Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the United States, with millions of people struggling with respiratory, food and skin allergies through a combination of approaches. Some of the most common skin allergies are atopic dermatitis (or eczema), contact dermatitis, and hives. If you love beauty and like to stock your shelves with skincare and makeup products, you don’t have to give up a fun and effective routine just because you have allergies. Just keep the following considerations in mind when shopping for new items.
See an allergist
Seeing an allergy specialist is the first step to take if you have symptoms of skin allergies, such as rashes and itching. An allergist will perform a patch test to observe the effects of various ingredients (ranging from lavender to coconut derivatives) on your skin. There are actually a host of ingredients that can cause contact dermatitis, a condition that manifests as red, itchy rashes that can blister, ooze, and flake.
Contact dermatitis can be misleading
Allergic contact dermatitis sometimes requires repeated exposure to manifest. Consulting a specialist is essential because it can be very difficult to guess the cause of your discomfort yourself. Skin allergies can also be very misleading. Sometimes you may think a product caused your outbreak when in fact the culprit may be something in your home. For example, some household cleaning products can trigger allergies. You can cleanse with these products and then touch your face and mistakenly attribute any resulting rash to the cream you’re using instead of the real baddie. The specialist may recommend that you make key changes to your home rather than your skincare or beauty routine. For example, if you are allergic to dust, installing blinds instead of drapes and curtains can significantly reduce your symptoms.
See beyond marketing
Many brands market their items as “hypoallergenic” or “suitable for sensitive skin,” but these labels don’t guarantee there won’t be a reaction. The federal government does not regulate these labels, so each brand is free to use them however they wish. In general, try to avoid any product that contains fragrances, dyes, phthalates, and preservatives. Check the ingredient list and avoid components such as parabens, formaldehyde, Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin and others stipulated by your allergist.
Brands that stand out in the sector
A few brands known for their gentle nature include CeraVe, Eucerin, Burt’s Bees, and Cetaphil. Each brand has specific products that are often recommended for people with skin allergies. For example, Shea Terra Organics offers a very gentle skin cleanser called Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash, which is very effective for people with oily skin and acne. The product cleans the pores and provides an effect similar to that obtained by microdermabrasion. Burt’s Bees, on the other hand, is as well known for its cleansers and moisturizers as it is for its hair care products.
Having allergies can be a problem when it comes to choosing beauty and skincare products. Start by doing a patch test, to uncover potentially hidden causes of discomfort. Make the changes you need to your home and beauty routine, by finding effective products that are reasonably priced and have a relatively small ingredient list. Avoid products containing fragrances, preservatives and dyes and opt for brands recommended by your allergist.
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