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Jul 2, 2008
A cosmetic or skin care product may contain many ingredients. The main ingredient is the vehicle that forms the base of the product. Many other chemicals, dyes, fragrances, natural products are added to make a color cosmetic or a skin care product. Many of these products can cause allergic contact dermatitis or irritant contact dermatitis. Fragrances and preservatives are the most common dermatitis causing agents. Every individual has his/her tendency to be allergic or get irritant contact dermatitis from every material. The material, which is safe for you, may cause a reaction in others.

Though many products are labeled as hypoallergenic, they may cause allergy in many people. Read more about hypoallergenic products here. Terms such as unscented, fragrance-free etc. have no meaning because some fragrance may have been used to mask bad odor of other ingredients. Many natural products carry their own fragrance. Many lavender preparations may have no fragrance, but lavender itself is a fragrance. Natural products also cause allergy, so do chemicals. Most of the essential oils of the lime family are photo toxic. If you use them and walk out in the sun, you will get photo toxic reaction on your skin.

Any time you get a reaction from a product, stop using that. Try to find out the ingredients that cause dermatitis in you and avoid any other product that uses the same ingredient. One should use any cosmetic or skin care preparation only after doing a small test on the skin first.

Don't use any product that begins smelling bad. Avoid sharing your personal care products and cosmetics, discard a product if it is very old or has changed in color. Any suspicion that a product may have got spoiled should make you throw it away. Use cosmetics with clean hands and keep the products in a clean place away from direct sunlight.

Soaps, cleansers and shampoos:

These common products may sometimes cause allergic reaction. The perfumes used in these products are the main culprits. These products especially affect those with sensitive skin. If you have any allergy to perfumes, use perfume-free products. Products designed for children are the safest for use by sensitive skin individuals.


These may contain compounds of aluminum, which may cause allergy.


They contain solvents and chemicals that can cause reaction. It is better to use deodorants on clothes and put on the clothes after the deodorant has dried out. If you have allergy to perfumes, this is the best way to see yourself.

Hair Preparations:

These include hair lotions, creams, gels, lacquers, detergents, dyes, fragrances and other products that may contain chemicals that may cause allergic reactions. Some of these products may also cause phototoxic reactions.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.
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