The reality is that most cosmetic products including makeup, fragrances, and skincare can exacerbate allergies. This is quite unfortunate as allergies are a common health issue for people from all walks of life. So what are allergies and what happens if you have them? Also, what types of products can you use if you’re allergy prone? Keep reading to find out.
What are Allergies?
Essentially, allergies are your immune system’s abnormal response to a foreign substance. Sometimes, foreign substances do not lead to any harm. Other times, however, they are considered allergens because they can cause allergies.
While allergy symptoms vary from person to person, the telltale signs of cosmetic allergies are redness, itchy skin, hives, wheezing, facial swelling, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and mouth. Some of the most common allergens found in cosmetic products include:
- Natural Rubber: Latex
- Fragrances: Amyl cinnamal, Benzyl alcohol, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Oak moss extract
- Preservatives: Methylisothiazolinone(MIT), Methylchloroisothiazolinone (CMIT), Formaldehyde
- Dyes or Chemicals in Dyes: P-phenylenediamine (PPD), Coal-tar
- Metals: Nickel, Gold
If you don’t want to wait until you experience an allergic reaction to find out you’re allergic to certain products, your doctor can perform a patch test. During a patch test, they’ll place a bit of an allergen on your skin and evaluate it in a few days to look for signs of an allergic reaction. In most cases, a patch test requires a few visits to the doctor.
How to Manage Allergies to Cosmetic Products
The ideal way to avoid allergic reactions to cosmetic products is to be selective in what you apply to your face and body. Ideally, you’ll stay away from products with any of the ingredients we mentioned above.
While a lotion or soap may contain a term like “fragrance-free” or “hypoallergenic” on the label, there’s no guarantee the product won’t irritate your skin. Unfortunately, any company can place these terms on their labels as there are no regulations.
If you’ve taken a close look at a label and are still unsure of the product’s ingredients and whether they’re harmful, reach out to the manufacturer for clarity. Don’t “risk it” and assume you’ll be fine after using the product.
Cynaglow Products are Safe for Allergies
Cyngalow was created by Cynthia Liu, a Los Angeles native and allergy sufferer who realized that not all luxury beauty products are good for your skin. In fact, many of them contain toxic ingredients that can irritate it. She decided to switch to all natural beauty products and offers many of them on Cynaglow.
You’ll find that Cynaglow’s products come from allergy-safe brands like ORGAID, Luna Nectar, and Elixir Apothecary. They are free of allergens that will do nothing but harm, rather than help your skin.