Cosmetic Allergies Directory
Cosmetic allergies include allergic reactions to makeup, conditioners, shampoos, deodorants, moisturizers, perfumes, and more. If they cause a reaction when they touch the skin, the condition is called contact dermatitis. Symptoms of a reaction include itching, swelling, and redness. Cosmetic allergies can be avoided by not using the products that cause the reaction. However, if a reaction does occur, OTC ointments can usually ease the symptoms. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how a cosmetic allergy is caused, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Allergies Triggered by Cosmetics
Chances are good that you are allergic to certain cosmetics. WebMD explains the symptoms.
What Does 'Hypoallergenic' Mean?
You’ll want to know this when you see “hypoallergenic” on your makeup and skin-care labels.
Skin Reactions to Beauty Products
Most people can safely use most beauty products, but skin reactions and other allergic problems are common.
What Is in Your Make-up?
Wearing make-up isn't risk free. Read these tips on cosmetic safety.
Questions About Fragrance Allergies: Symptoms, Sources and Fragrance-Free Products
WebMD interviews Clifford W. Bassett, MD, to get answers to three top questions about fragrance allergies, including sources, symptoms, and hypoallergenic and fragrance-free products.
Fragrance Allergies: A Sensory Assault
The use of fragrance in products is rising -- and so is the number of people affected by them. WebMD explores possible reasons for the increase and offers ways to protect yourself if you're sensitive to scents.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: The Truth About Beauty Product Dangers
Headlines scream that hair straighteners, dyes, shampoos, creams, and cosmetics are bad for your health. We cut through the hysteria and show options for those who want fewer and gentler chemicals in their beauty products.
Slideshow: 11 Common Causes of Skin Rashes
See causes of skin rash, irritated skin, and eczema. Find out what chemicals in your cosmetics and home could be causing your child’s itchy skin.
Picture of Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis (reaction to temporary tattoo). Contact allergy to temporary tattoos has become an increasingly common phenomenon. In most cases, the tattoo material does not contain pure henna, but is a mixture of brown henna with paraphenylenediamine (PPD) called black henna. The patient is allergic to PPD in the tatto. In fact, the concentration of PPD in black henna is higher than that seen in commercial hair dyes. After resolution of the eczematous skin eruption, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation may persist for a considerable period of time.