Allergic Reactions to Beauty Products or Treatments: What You should Know

Beauty products are very popular – and with good reason, as they often offer a very practical and quick way to make yourself look younger, healthier, or more energetic. However, beauty products are often made with various ingredients the layman has never heard of, and are often fabricated in labs with chemicals humans would normally not use. It’s important to choose the correct product – all too often, unpleasant things happen. Here are some basic points about allergic reactions to beauty products or treatments and what you should know.

Most common skin reactions

Skin reactions can come in many forms – some are mild and some can be quite severe. Following are the two most common skin reactions:

  • Irritation. Irritation is an uncomfortable sensation on the skin – it could be a sense of burning, stinging, itching, or redness in the area where you have applied the product. Sometimes you can also experience dryness of the skin or even injured skin.

  • Allergies. This is a reaction of your body to the product, usually a specific ingredient – it could lead to similar symptoms as irritation, although there could also be swelling, and blisters may develop. They are often caused by fragrances and preservatives.

Beauty products you should check

There are many products that can cause either irritation or allergies, but here is a list of the most common beauty products:

  • Shampoos

  • Bath soaps

  • Hair dyes

  • Moisturisers

  • Detergents

  • Antiperspirants

  • Make-up and nail polish

  • Fingernail glue

Often, certain types of products contain chemicals such as glyceryl monothioglycolate, formaldehyde, methacrylate, and others. Similarly, hair dyes often contain p-phenylenediamine or ammonium persulfate to make the hair a lighter colour. A good way to check whether a product could harm you is by checking the Ph-level; a product with a level of 3.5 or less is quite strong and tends to be more harmful. Preservatives are also often a culprit – they are usually present in practically every product that contains water because without them, the product would spoil.

Often, it’s best to check the label of the products and opt for the one that contains the least amount of ingredients, and it’s always wise to test the product first (on the inside of your elbow) before applying large amounts. Unfortunately, claims by manufacturers that the product is ‘hypoallergenic,’ ‘organic,’ or ‘non-irritating’ don’t guarantee there won’t be any adverse effects – it depends to a certain extent on the product, how it is used, and also on your personal physiology and how the two react. In case of doubt, always consult a dermatologist or other professionals for advice.

And if you have suffered injuries because of a beauty product or treatment, there are beauty claims you can take advantage of to receive compensation, as claims specialists like would tell you.

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