Is the make-up you use caus­ing your skin con­di­tion?

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE - CARA MCDON­ALD ST VIN­CENT’S HOS­PI­TAL MEL­BOURNE

IS MAKE-UP bad for our skin?

While in most cases makeup is harm­less, cer­tain prod­ucts may cause prob­lems for some in­di­vid­u­als. It’s im­por­tant to use make-up and cos­met­ics suit­able for your skin type or skin con­di­tion.

Some skin prob­lems caused by cos­met­ics in­clude:

Acne cos­met­ica, a form of acne trig­gered by the use of cer­tain cos­metic prod­ucts. It is linked to cer­tain in­gre­di­ents that cause come­done for­ma­tion (a block­age in the pore) and typ­i­cally presents as small rash-like bumpy pim­ples.

Ir­ri­tant der­mati­tis, which ac­counts for the ma­jor­ity of re­ac­tions to make-up and other cos­metic prod­ucts. It can oc­cur in any­one but is more likely in those with pre-ex­ist­ing sen­si­tive skin or in those with un­der­ly­ing bar­rier dis­rup­tion caused by a con­di­tion like eczema or rosacea. It typ­i­cally causes an itchy, scaly red rash but can even blis­ter or weep. Symp­toms can oc­cur im­me­di­ately but may take weeks or even months to de­velop with weaker ir­ri­tants, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to iden­tify the cause.

Al­ler­gic con­tact der­mati­tis, which oc­curs when a per­son has be­come sen­si­tised to an in­gre­di­ent that has been ap­plied to the skin. A red, itchy rash some­times as­so­ci­ated with swelling or blis­ters de­vel­ops 12–48 hours af­ter ex­po­sure, and may be­come chronic with on­go­ing use. The al­ler­gen can be very dif­fi­cult to iden­tify be­cause in some cases the prod­uct is used for months or years be­fore sen­si­ti­sa­tion oc­curs.

Fra­grances and preser­va­tives are the most com­mon cause of con­tact al­lergy re­sult­ing from cos­met­ics.

There are more than 5000 dif­fer­ent fra­grances used in skin care prod­ucts, many of which are natural plant ex­tracts and es­sen­tial oils.

Other com­mon al­ler­gens in­clude preser­va­tives, lano­lin, co­conut di­ethanolamide (a foam­ing agent) and sun­screen agents.

Looking for hy­poal­ler­genic, fra­grance-free and non-come­do­genic prod­ucts is wise.

Those with an oily skin type or a his­tory of acne should also limit oil-based cos­met­ics.

Those with a sen­si­tive or dry skin type, an un­der­ly­ing in­flam­ma­tory skin con­di­tion or his­tory of con­tact al­lergy should try to avoid ir­ri­tants and po­ten­tial al­ler­gens.

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