How To Avoid Makeup Allergies

Do you know that you can be allergic to your makeup? The allergic reaction is the way your body responds to an invader and if you notice your skin becoming too sensitive or that you’re constantly blowing your nose after using a certain product, that might mean that you’re allergic to it. You can even become allergic to a product that you have been using for years!

Preservatives and fragrances are the ingredients in cosmetics that cause allergic reactions. Other products that cause allergy are: hair dyes, body cleansers, mascara, shampoos, moisturizers, eye shadows, nail polishes and lipsticks.

How to avoid makeup allergies:

Don’t use makeup

Stop wearing makeup and show the world that you still look gorgeous even when you’re makeup free.

Do a patch test

Before you buy or try a new product, do a patch test. Put a small amount of the product under your ear and wait for 48 hours to see if there’s any reaction. If you start itching and swelling that means that product won’t work for you.

Apply perfume on your clothes, not directly on your body

Certain ingredients in perfumes can cause allergic reactions. Start applying your favorite perfume on your clothes and not directly on your skin to reduce the risk of getting any reaction.

Don’t be misled

There’s no guarantee that the product is safe even though it says organic or dermatologically tested on the label.

Always keep your tools clean

Don’t forget to clean your brushes and tools! Swipe your tools with alcohol regularly and thoroughly clean your brushes once a week to avoid any allergies.

Avoid using eye makeup

If you want to avoid getting an eye makeup allergy, simply stop wearing eye makeup. Avoid using eye makeup, especially if you wear contacts!

Wash your hands and your face before applying makeup. It’s a basic precaution.

Never use anyone else’s cosmetics

Sharing cosmetics means sharing germs. Whether the makeup belongs to your best friend or sits on a store counter for any customer to test.

Don’t apply eye makeup if you have an infection, such as conjunctivitis. Throw away all products you were using when you first discovered your eye infection.

Toss old cosmetics

Every time you open a bottle of foundation, microorganisms in the air have an opportunity to rush in. Most cosmetics have enough preservatives to kill off the bugs for about one year.

Test new cosmetics

If you tend to have allergic reactions to cosmetics, ask for free samples before buying. Products labeled “allergy-tested,” dermatologist-tested,” “nonirritating,” or “hypoallergenic” may or may not help you avoid the ingredients that bother you. No federal regulations govern the definitions of any of those terms.


Beauty experts recommend using a tinted moisturizer. It gets the coverage of a lightweight foundation to support the makeup, but also makes skin soft and smooth.

Foundation Selection

It is advised to select a foundation that offers sun protection. A foundation with sun-protection evens out your skin tone, protects you from harmful rays and allergies as well.

Choose Vitamin-enriched Products

When choosing cosmetics, go for formulae enriched with vitamins. For example a mascara containing vitamin E will plump up lashes. Similarly, other beauty products with vitamins will have restorative action on skin.

Don’t use it if it Leaves you Red and Itchy

Redness and itchiness are the most common signs of skin irritation. Don’t take a chance with something that leaves you red and itchy – whether it’s a product you just tried for the first time or a long-time favourite product. Among other symptoms of skin allergies or irritation are rashes, dry patches, blisters and pain.

Consult a Doctor when having a Skin Condition

If you are pursuing treatment for a skin condition or seeing a dermatologist for any issue, it is advised to consult your doctor prior to using makeup. There can be ingredients in the beauty products that may not be beneficial or can cause harm.

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