What to Do After an Allergic Reaction to Makeup

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If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to makeup before, then you’ll understand why this is a big deal. Your skin care regimen has to be upgraded and you have to get your skin back on track again.


What causes the allergic reaction to makeup?

There are many different types of ingredients in beauty products that can cause allergic reactions. These can range from the fragrances and dyes added up to the preservatives. In order to be certain about exactly what ingredients you are allergic to, you need to visit a dermatologist to get a patch test.


Some reactions, however, aren’t necessarily about having an allergy to a particular ingredient but possibly due to the ratio in which that ingredient is used in a particular product. Some reactions could also be circumstantial. Hormones, weather, and diet can also affect your skin’s health negatively.


What can you do to help your skin recover quickly?


1. Immediately stop using the product.

Whatever product you suspect may be responsible for causing an irritation or a skin inflammation, immediately stop using it. Also, if you have an itchy or tingly reaction rather than a breakout, this could be the sign of an allergy developing.  It is possible that the next time you use the product, the reaction could be much worse. So better be safe than sorry and just give up the product.


2. Use hydrocortisone cream.

Applying hydrocortisone cream for two weeks is recommended if you have itchy, red, scaly, or swollen skin. The cream can help calm down your skin and allow the allergens to leave your system.


3. Treat your skin with a facial steam.

Trying a facial steam can help soothe and heal irritated skin. Simply prepare a bowl of hot water and lower your face over the bowl to allow the steam to open your pores. You can add herbs or flowers additional healing benefits, such as calendula and rose.


Above all, give your skin a break and allow it to heal from the allergic reaction to makeup. If you really need to wear makeup, avoid using new cosmetics just yet and stick with what you are familiar with. Also, opt for natural and non-comedogenic products until your skin fully recovers.

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