So you try a new product, and your face explodes like Mount Vesuvius. Why?
Maybe, just maybe, it’s allergies.
No, not hay fever or food allergies. Allergic reactions also occur on your skin! This is called contact dermatitis, and it may be causing your awful skincare reactions.
The Ins and Outs of an Allergic Reaction
An allergy is when someone has an oversensitivity to some substance. This substance is the allergen, and your body absolutely does not like it.
If you encounter an allergen, your body mistakenly thinks that it is harmful, and reacts violently to fight it off. This response is an allergic reaction.
Irritant dermatitis involves exposure to harsh substances like bleach or acid, which cause bad reactions in anybody...allergies or not!
Allergic contact dermatitis is triggered by touching an allergen, sometimes in skincare products. Your body overreacts to usually safe ingredients, wreaking havoc on your skin and sanity.
Recognizing Allergic Contact Dermatitis
If your face kicks off an allergic reaction, your symptoms may include:
- Redness, inflammation, or dry skin
- Hives, small blisters, or a rash
- Burning, itching, or stinging
- Swollen lips or tongue
- Irritated eyes
Allergy Bumps vs. Acne
If you have acne flare-ups, it’s tough to pinpoint an allergic reaction. Look for an itchy red rash, swelling, or puffiness.
Also, think about products you’ve used on the affected skin. Did your rash first pop up where you dabbed that new cosmetic?
If certain products match the location or timing of your rash, it may be an allergic reaction!
Common Ingredients That Trigger Skin Allergies
Allergens can hide in many products like sunscreen, moisturizers, soap, makeup, and more.
Caring for an Allergic Reaction on Your Face
If you’re allergic to a product, stop using it ASAP.
For a mild reaction, cleanse with a gentle face wash using cool or lukewarm water.
Avoiding Allergy Triggers in Skincare
- Is the ingredient list a mile long? More ingredients means a greater chance you’ll react to something inside.
- Spray perfumes onto your clothes instead of your skin. You’ll still smell magical, but with less chance of setting off your allergies.
- Patch test any new products. Apply a little inside your arm and wait 2-3 days. If you get swelling, itching, or redness, you’ll be glad you used it on your arm instead of your face!
- Don’t blindly trust skincare labels. Some claims are just empty promises.
Read reviews! Are people having bad reactions? Allergens may lurk inside. Only use highly-rated products like our Luminous Clear Skin Kit. Our nourishing, natural ingredients make allergic reactions extremely rare! Plus, the kit balances oil, helps fight acne, and suits all skin types. It’s a win-win-WIN!