Dermatitis From Cosmetics

Dermatitis from cosmetics has a connection. When we think about using cosmetics, we generally use them in a bid to look younger, more youthful, better, softer, tighter etc.

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Are You Using Your Cosmetics Properly?

We almost have come to rely on cosmetics to hide our real selves from the outside world but you do need to remember that a lot of these cosmetics actually contain chemicals that can do more harm than good to your skin.

In a world where we try to take care of our skin, it doesn't seem quite right that we would add harsh chemicals to the mix of pollution, stress and everything else that we do to it on a daily basis. The thing is, you are running the risk of increasing your chances of getting many skin complaints by using harsh and incorrect cosmetics on your skin including dermatitis.

What is Dermatitis?

There are a few different kinds of dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis is perhaps one of the most popular closely followed by irritant contact dermatitis. The latter is when you use a cosmetic or anything else on your skin that causes an irritating effect and is easy to do if you use the wrong products for your skin type. You can almost think about it as adding acid to your face and the burning effect it would have.

Allergic contact dermatitis is just as the name sounds – being allergic to whatever product that you are using on your skin causing a reaction. Sometimes, you may not even notice that you have had an allergic reaction for a long time and in some cases, the allergy can actually be caused by long term and repeated use of a product that your skin eventually finds intolerable. This can happen after weeks, months and even in some cases, years.

Safeguarding Yourself from Dermatitis

Thankfully, there are some ways that you can try to protect yourself from experiencing one of the kinds of dermatitis from using cosmetics. When you use a product, and you find that you are experiencing a reaction to it in one form or another, make a note of what ingredients the product itself contained.

You may find that the list grows as you use various different cosmetics and eventually you will be able to pinpoint exact ingredients that your skin finds intolerable thus removing the problem and the risk.

One of the easiest ways to avoid any kind of reaction to cosmetic products is to only use those that are considered natural containing natural ingredients and if you cannot do this, attempt to only use cosmetics that have as few ingredients as possible. The less the cosmetic contains, the less likely that you will have a reaction to it.

At the end of the day, we use cosmetics to make ourselves look and feel great and using products that cause irritation to the skin is defeating the point of using them in the first place. Be safe when you use any product on your skin and if you notice any irritations or reactions, it is probably wise to stop using it. Remember dermatitis from cosmetics is something to avoid.

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Published August 19, 2011

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