Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD
Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- Makeup allergy facts
- What are cosmetics? What is in makeup?
- What are the risk factors for cosmetics reactions?
- Where do cosmetic skin reactions occur? What are symptoms and signs of a makeup allergy?
- What is on the cosmetic label?
- What health care specialists diagnose and treat makeup allergies?
- How do health care professionals diagnose makeup allergies?
- What else could the rash be aside from a cosmetic rash?
- What is the treatment for a makeup allergy?
- What is the prognosis of a cosmetics allergy? How long do they last?
- Is it possible to prevent a cosmetics allergy?
- What makeup brands are allergy tested? Which cosmetics brands are the safest?
- Find a local Dermatologist in your town
Makeup allergy facts
- Most rashes produced by makeup are irritations not allergies.
- If a particular product causes irritation, then avoid it.
- Makeup and cosmetics are complex mixtures of substances, any of which could produce irritation and allergies.
- Reactions to cosmetics are rare.
- Other skin problems like seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and rosacea may be confused with cosmetic sensitivities.
- Once you are allergic to a particular chemical the sensitivity lasts forever.
What are cosmetics? What is in makeup?
Cosmetics are substances applied to the surface of the skin (moisturizers and makeup), hair (shampoos and conditioners), or nails (polish and lacquer) designed to temporarily alter one's appearance. Cosmetics do not biologically alter the structure or function of the skin, hair, or nails. They are often a complex mixture of perfumes, emulsifiers, sunscreens, pigments, metals, resins, and preservatives, as well as a variety of inert materials. They also frequently contain an array of exotic botanical substances (for example, essential oils) for which the manufacturer may ascribe some obscure benefit. Generally, they are meant to be removed after use. They should be distinguished from permanent makeup, which is essentially a tattoo composed of pigment placed into the deeper layers of the skin with a needle. The FDA and the USDA are responsible for administering laws involving the safety and purity of cosmetics. Revenue of the U.S. cosmetics industry will be about $59 billion in 2014!
What are the risk factors for cosmetics reactions?
Untoward reactions to cosmetics seem to be rare considering their extensive use. Documented allergic sensitivity is even rarer. This may be partly due to the fact that affected individuals may just stop using the offending product rather than complain about it to a professional. Cosmetics may irritate the skin directly (by far the most common type of reaction) or induce an immune-mediated allergic response. Usually irritation would occur the first time a cosmetic is applied, as opposed to an allergic reaction that would require repeated exposures. Some individuals have extremely sensitive skin that seems to be intolerant to most cosmetics. Individuals with rosacea seem to be intolerant to many cosmetics and makeup brands.
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