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What are the different types of skin reactions to beauty products?

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There are two. Contact dermatitis happens when something actually damages your skin. It might burn, sting, itch, or get red where you used the product. You might get blisters and have oozing, especially if you scratch.

The other kind, allergic contact dermatitis, involves your immune system. You could see redness, swelling, itching, and hives, or raw skin.

You also could have a reaction that’s a combination of the two.

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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