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What are things I might be allergic to in my makeup, hair care, or skin care products?

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Cosmetics and personal care products have a lot of things you could be allergic to:

  • Fragrances in soaps, colognes, deodorants, body creams, cosmetics, detergents, and tissues
  • Preservatives and antibacterials
  • Substances added to thicken, color, or lubricate a product
  • Chemicals in permanent hair dyes and other hair products
  • Formaldehyde resin, an ingredient in many nail care products
  • Sunscreens, often found in cosmetic moisturizers, lip balms, and foundations

SOURCES:

Guideline Clearinghouse: "Contact dermatitis: a practice parameter."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Contact Dermatitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Contact Dermatitis."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Contact Dermatitis."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Guideline Clearinghouse: "Contact dermatitis: a practice parameter."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Contact Dermatitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Contact Dermatitis."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Contact Dermatitis."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 17, 2018

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