Maintaining healthy skin can be challenging stressful. Both men and women should be concerned with allergic skin reactions as the look of healthy skin is important for everyone.

If you have redness, stinging or tightness after using skin care products, you may have wondered if you have sensitive skin. Many of us claim to have sensitive skin because after using skin care products, you have redness, stinging, or tightness.

Your skin can be affected even if you don’t have visible effects..

Ask a First Derm dermatologist

A dermatologist will ask you about your episodes of sensitive skin reactions like bumps, erosions, and dryness. Together you can identify the cause, as sensitive skin is a multifactorial disorder. Age, gender, racial differences and genetics may play a role in skin reactions.

What happens when you have a makeup allergy?

You can have 2 kinds of reactions:

  1. Irritant contact dermatitis. Characterized by itchy patches of skin or a red rash. Your skin might burn, sting, itch, or turn red on areas of skin where you used the product.
  2. Allergic contact dermatitis. This type of reaction involves your immune system. Your symptoms may include redness, swelling, itching, and hives. Most commonly affected areas are on the face, lips, eyes, ears and neck, but it can happen on any part of your body.

Be aware that these skin reactions can appear after using a long time favorite product or something you’ve just tried for the first time.

What can you do to avoid it now?

1.Keep Your Makeup Products Fresh

Toss your mascara after 3 months. Moisturizing foundations and stick concealers can be used around for 18 months while eye pencils can be kept up to 2 years.

Write the date on the product for easy reference after opening it..

Clearn your makeup sponges after a week worth of use and toss them after two. Makeup brushes should be cleaned once a month.

2.Check ingredients of your skin care product

Look for products with the fewest ingredients and paraben-free. It will reduce chances of having a reaction.

Choose products that are “fragrance-free” or “without perfume.” Products marked “unscented” are misleading as they can still have a fragrance.

If you have a nut allergy, be aware that some ingredients like shea butter can cause a reaction.

3.Test the product before implementing it into your makeup kit

Place a small amount on the inside of your elbow and wait for 48-72 hours. If your skin reacts with redness, swelling, itching, or burning, consider using an alternative product.

Ask a First Derm dermatologist about your skin

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