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Which beauty products should you watch out for to avoid skin reactions?

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  • Take care with these: Bath soaps, detergents, antiperspirants, eye makeup, moisturizers, shampoos, long-wearing lip stains, nail polish (especially those that have formaldehyde), and fingernail glue containing methacrylate
  • Hair dyes, especially those containing p-phenylenediamine. Ammonium persulfate -- used to lighten hair
  • Products with alpha-hydroxy acids, especially if the AHA level is over 10%.
  • Retin-A wrinkle creams and serums
  • Sunscreens

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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