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Oh no! A reaction or allergy cosmetic …

It is known, more and more people suffer from allergies or reactions of several types. And cosmetics category is no exception.

It seems that all cosmetic products, including “hypoallergenic “have the potential to trigger an allergy or a reaction from someone. This is normal, because everyone is different and we all react differently to particular ingredients. When we say that there are even people allergic to water, so you can expect anything, especially when you look at the long list of ingredients of a cosmetic product.

According to research, about 1/3 to 1/4 of the population, by region, has the potential to be a reaction to a cosmetic ingredient. This is not nothing!

But do not necessarily panic. The majority of reactions are mild to moderate. This is known as skin irritation or contact dermatitis. It is limited to the area where the product was applied, and she said fairly quickly, the first use or subsequent use some of the same product.The sympômes are redness, pimples, scaling, itching, warmth or swelling. These vary according to each person.

To get rid of, you must immediately discontinue use of the product in question and the response will disappear of itself in the days to weeks. To help, we can apply compresses and soothing ointments or creams (s) and help the skin to regenerate. During the recovery period, it is important to protect the skin of other products that may irritate because it becomes more sensitive. It is also protected from the sun and temperature variations. Is treated so much trouble!

In other cases, allergic reactions are more intense. This is known as allergic dermatitis. The latter gradually appears, the more we are exposed to the allergenic ingredient. Often, the skin reaction is noted beyond the area where the product was applied. For example, I’ve seen a friend who has an allergy to a dye. Her face became swollen, it was not pretty. The symptoms are redness, swelling visible enough, itching, blistering, swelling, cracking, itching, etc..

To treat allergic dermatitis must, just like irritation, stop the exposure of the skin to the product which caused a reaction. We can also take anti-inflammatoirese, drugs against allergies like Benadryl or cortisone ointments specific as, for example, helping the skin to repair itself. As for the irritation, avoid exposure to changes in temperature and especially the sun.

When your skin irritation or allergy, avoid irritants (obviously), even if it is not them that have caused a reaction. We go with the most basic products possible. It cleans with ultra-mild cleanser such as Dove Sensitive Skin, Spectro Derm, etc.. Then hydrated with a restorative cream in ranges like A-Derma, Aveeno, etc.. Often, cream recommended by your pharmacist are ideal instead of those recommended in a cosmetics counter. In fact, unless the ingredient list is long, the better. You can recommancer your regular care (except that you could have caused a reaction or allergy of course) once the crisis has passed and your skin back to normal.

Ingredients that most often cause reactions are perfumes, cleaning agents, preservatives, anti-wrinkleingredients such as acids (AHA, glycolic, salicylic, etc..) Or retinol, dyes / pigments (acid carminic is a red pigment that often cause reactions), chemical sunscreens and various excipients (active ingredients such as lanolin, propylene glycol, etc.)., etc..

It is also important to know that this is not because a product is odorless, it is unscented. Sometimes, fragrances are added only to mask the smell of an ingredient in the formula. Therefore look for products where it really said “unscented” or “fragrance-free”. For preservatives, there will almost always, but if the product says ” paraben “, you eliminate already a list of some conservative issues. For sunscreens, promote versions with physical filters (often minerals) that chemical . In addition, pay attention to the words “tested for allergies,” “hypoallergenic” or “for sensitive skin”, “natural”, “organic”, etc.. None of these references does not guarantee that you will not reaction. It all depends on what ingredients you can not tolerate. Allergy tests are often made for the most common allergies, and not all possible allergies.

Always an allergy test before using a new product that contains an ingredient that you’ve never used, especially if you have a reaction or sensitive skin. Both ideal places to test a cream behind the ear, or behind the elbow (where the arm bends – this is often that you made your blood). Wait at least 24 hours, or at most 48 hours and see if the area has a rash or any reaction. Compare with the other side to see the differences.

If you have a very reactive skin, consider the advice given above, or opt for care ingredient list is as short as possible. It is a matter of probability …: o)

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