Counselor cosmetic Allergy: symptoms, treatment and prevention

A cosmetic Allergy has if no subsequent infection occurs, as a rule, no serious consequences, but it is at least annoying, and also looks ugly. Simplified beauty is said to Allergy, a contact Allergy, this means that typical symptoms occur if the skin comes with a substance in contact, to which you are allergic.

For a contact Allergy, the typical symptoms are sores, redness, itching, Secretion and dead skin cells formation as well as eye redness, eye itching and burning sensation in the eyes. The symptoms of a contact Allergy can be triggered because of the sensitive defense cells of the body, T-lymphocytes, called, to act against the corresponding Allergen.

In the case of onset of symptoms, it is important to consult a skin doctor can identify the Allergy-causing substance with the help of Allergy tests. So you can avoid in the future, products that cause an Allergy. It is helpful to the doctor as much information as possible available so that the allergenic substance is better targeted.

Because an Allergy must, of course, not triggered necessarily by cosmetics, but can also be due to other factors brought about the environment or the food intake. According to a representative Forsa-survey on behalf of the German Dermatological society (DDG), 27 percent of men and 39 percent of all women in Germany suffer from allergies. A Swiss study in 1998 found that nearly a third of the Swiss have a positive skin test, about half of them suffer from ailments.

Common Contact allergens in cosmetic products

There are a variety of contact allergens in cosmetics products. Basically, these ingredients are harmless to health, but only if there is no Allergy to the substance. Among the most common contact allergens are Nickel sulfate, fragrances, balsam of Peru, thimerosal, cobalt chloride, n-phenylenediamine, wool wax alcohols, rosin, potassium chromate, turpentine, Euxyl K 400, neomycin sulphate, Thiuram Mix and mercury – only some of the mentioned substances are allowed in cosmetics, and included.

In the case of a cosmetics Allergy, the symptoms usually only occur at certain parts of the skin, so locally. By the most limited field of application, conclusions are relatively easy to perform, which product may have triggered the Allergy. It should be noted that the skin reaction can also occur is delayed so that the symptoms of an Allergy can be delayed for several hours after the Occurrence of a cosmetic product is visible.

This fact distinguishes the contact allergies of other types of Allergic reactions, where a reaction of the body that is usually done very quickly – for example, in the case of a pollen Allergy, where the Allergy-triggering substances, for example, are inhaled. Also, it is worth knowing that the place where the symptoms of contact occur Allergy, does not necessarily have to be with the scope of application of the product.

So Allergy can lead to triggering of the ingredients of a nail Polish to burning eyes or a incompatible hair dye to redness in the throat and neck area. Time and place are always important factors to be considered in the determination of an allergic reaction, as well as the product itself.

What are the effects of a cosmetic Allergy?

Basically, it applies in the first place, the Allergy content causing it to make fabric. This is achieved reliably with the help of Allergy tests at the doctor. The substance is detected, can be avoided in the content material in the future. In practice, it is easy to substitution products, in the content of a specific substance substances occurs. In addition to conventional cosmetic products, natural cosmetics offers, of course, this dispensed with generally to artificial additives.

If you are generally prone to contact allergies, it is very helpful to test new cosmetics before first use. The care product is applied easily in a small amount in an inconspicuous place, such as on the inner side of the elbow. Here, too, it should be noted that the symptoms of a contact Allergy are not immediately seen, but, depending on the Allergietyp up to 48 hours can pass. Products with the words “preservative free / no preservatives”, “hypoallergenic” or “fragrance-free” to reduce the risk of a contact Allergy.

Suitable cosmetic products and the risk factors to avoid

Once the Allergy test has given the physician an indication of which ingredient or ingredients you are allergic to, you can take the appropriate measures to avoid future contact Allergy. Check your cosmetic products, their ingredients, and ban products that contain appropriate ingredients.

The ingredients of a product are to be found, of course, on the packaging, the leaflet gives you information on ingredients that are known to and can in some people cause allergies. Of course, it should also be for new purchases to any of the ingredients respected. But don’t worry: Even the manufacturers are aware of the fact that not a few people react to certain ingredients allergic. Therefore, there are many manufacturers that also offer Allergy-free products in your Portfolio, or even completely specialize in it.

Natural cosmetics – friendly and risk-free Alternative (image: Africa Studio /

Alternative natural cosmetics and own production

Manufacturers of natural cosmetics use only such ingredients that are of natural origin. Natural cosmetics is characterized in that no preservatives are included in preparations, artificial dyes, mineral Oils or artificial fragrances. Therefore, these products for more and more people are tolerated, in particular if there is a General sensitivity. Rather, these products are based on the use of natural ingredients, such as plant resins and 100% pure, essential Oils.

An affordable Alternative to conventional beauty products or natural cosmetics, the in-house production. Many cosmetics, including hair treatments, facial water, facial masks or peels, can be very easily and also effectively manufactured. This is not only cheaper than products from retail – it also brings with it the advantage that the ingredients are fully known, and safe.


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