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How can I avoid a skin reaction from beauty products?

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If you notice that you have skin reactions -- like irritation, rashes, or allergies -- to certain ingredients:

  • Check the label. Look for products with the fewest ingredients.
  • Do a patch test first. Before you use a new product, put a small amount on the inside of your elbow and wait 48-72 hours. Remember that the terms "hypoallergenic," "dermatologist tested," "sensitivity tested," or "non-irritating" don't guarantee that your skin won't react.
  • Always put fragrance on your clothes, not your skin.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Dermatology. 

Food and Drug Administration.

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Dermatology. 

Food and Drug Administration.

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2017

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