IN­GRE­DI­ENT ALERT

Elle (Canada) - - Beauty -

Got high- main­te­nance skin?

Mem­o­rize this.

Be on the look­out for “fra­grance” or “par­fum” on la­bels. Ac­cord­ing

to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group, these words are used to de­scribe an undis­closed cock­tail of po­ten­tially ir­ri­tat­ing in­gre­di­ents.

Be mind­ful of laun­dry de­ter­gents, house­hold clean­ers, can­dles, soaps and hand san­i­tiz­ers. If you wash

your tow­els or bed­sheets in a de­ter­gent con­tain­ing an ir­ri­tat­ing fra­grance, your skin isn’t get­ting

much of a break. Avoid an­tibi­otic oint­ments, un­less pre­scribed by a der­ma­tol­o­gist. “Bac­i­tracin, an over-the-counter an­tibi­otic, is a com­mon al­ler­gen,”

says Lan­dells. The Cana­dian Der­ma­tol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion (der­ma­tol­ogy.ca) of­fers the Skin Health Pro­gram, which helps Cana­di­ans find prod­ucts that are less likely

to ir­ri­tate sen­si­tive skin.

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