What To Do If Skincare Products Cause Allergic Reaction And What Are The Ingredients To Avoid

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Occasionally, many of us will experience some kind of allergic reaction from cosmetics which calmly disappear, never to return. Most of these reactions are mild, and many are actually sensitivities rather than true allergies. The most common reaction symptoms are burning or stinging. Some products, such as glycolic acid, also known as AHA, are supposed to cause a mild burning sensation. Most of the time these minor sensations quickly dissipate.

Red, rashy, swollen skin, however, is not normal. Severe burning and stinging are not normal.

If you experience extreme burning, redness, or swelling, remove whatever is on the face immediately. Apply cool, wet compresses or spray atomized water on the skin to soothe it. Many times simply removing the offending allergen greatly reduces the irritation. It is always best to stop using the product if you have such a reaction. Applying further products may also aggravate the reaction. Severe reactions should be immediately referred to the dermatologist.

The following list of common cosmetic allergens may help you pinpoint possible allergic ingredients for allergy-prone skin or may help you pinpoint possible allergens if you are experiencing chronic allergies or sensitivities. These ingredients, listed by type, are simply some of the more frequent allergens.

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Fragrances

- Clove oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - Cinnamics
- Encalyptus . . . . . . . . . . . . . .- Essential oils
- Geraniol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . – Jasmine
- Musk ambrette . . . . . . . . . . .- Sandlewood oil
- Other plant extracts

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Preservatives

- Benzalkonium chloride . . . . . .- 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3 diol
- DMDM hydantoin . . . . . . . . . . - Imidazolidinyl urea
Methylchlorothiazolinone . . . . - Methyl, propyl, ethyl or butyl paraben
- Methylchloroisothiazolinone . . - Phenoxyethanol
- Quaternium-15 . . . . . . . . . . .

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Sunscreens

- Avobenzone . . . . . . . . . . . . . – Benzophenone
- Methoxycinnimate . . . . . . . . . – Methyl salicylate
Padimate-A . . . . . . . . . . . . . .- Octyl salicylate
Padimate-O . . . . . . . . . . . . . .- Oxybenzone
- PABA

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Other Ingredients

- Benzoyl peroxide . . . . . . . . . .- Formaldehyde
- Hydrolyzed animal protein . . . – Lanolin
- Propylene glycol . . . . . . . . . . - Resorcinol
- Salicyclic acid . . . . . . . . . . . . - Sulfur
- Tocopherol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - Triethanolamine

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