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How can you avoid an allergic reaction to beauty products?

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Fragrances and preservatives are some of the biggest culprits.

Even products that say they're unscented could contain a “masking agent,” which is a fragrance that covers up chemical scents. Though you may not smell it, it still could be there and cause an allergic reaction in some people. Look for products marked “fragrance-free” or “without perfume.”

Preservatives are in almost every product that has water, so it doesn’t spoil. All of the most common preservatives have been linked to skin allergies. But that doesn't mean they cause allergic reactions in everyone. They might not bother your skin at all.

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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