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How can you avoid skin reactions from beauty products?

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  • Look for products with the fewest ingredients.
  • Do a patch test before using any product. Place a small amount on the inside of your elbow and wait 48 hours to 72 hours. If you have redness, swelling, itching, or burning, don't use it.
  • Always apply fragrance to your clothes, not your skin.
  • Beware of words like "hypoallergenic," "dermatologist tested," "sensitivity tested," or "non-irritating," on packaging. Some companies do the testing, others don't. There are no rules about how these terms can be used on a label.

From: Skin Reactions to Beauty Products WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Garrett, A.W., Drug & Cosmetic Industry, Feb. 1, 1991. 

American Academy of Dermatology website. 

Food and Drug Administration website.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology : Results of patch testing to personal care product allergens in a standard series and a supplemental cosmetic series: An analysis of 945 patients from the Mayo Clinic Contact Dermatitis Group, 2000-2007.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: 

Garrett, A.W., Drug & Cosmetic Industry, Feb. 1, 1991. 

American Academy of Dermatology website. 

Food and Drug Administration website.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology : Results of patch testing to personal care product allergens in a standard series and a supplemental cosmetic series: An analysis of 945 patients from the Mayo Clinic Contact Dermatitis Group, 2000-2007.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

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