Making an educational decision on your cosmetics


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Making an educational decision on your cosmetics

  1. 1. ==== ====Check out these safe high quality cosmetics at great ====The American Academy of Dermatology has revealed that on the average, adult Americans use atleast seven various cosmetics or cosmetic products daily.The thing is that products like shampoos, colognes, deodorants, moisturizers and other cosmeticshave become part of peoples daily personal routines and they are considered necessities thesedays.Cosmetics are primarily used to enhance beauty and some people have become so dependent onthem that they become part of lifestyles.Without any further explanation, it is apparent and very much understood that there are severalspecified ingredients in such cosmetics that function like antigens or trigger substances for allergicreactions, like fragrances and preservatives.Cosmetic allergies are not so common. However, experts and studies found that on the average,about 10% of the countrys population is expected to form or experience a form of cosmetic allergywithin their lifetime.But it would be logical to assert that women are more prone to experience cosmetics allergy thanmen.Symptoms of cosmetic allergyBasically, there are only two major skin reactions that will clearly indicate the onset of cosmeticsallergy. These are allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis.The most common manifestation of allergies from cosmetics is inflammation in the infected skinarea. The affected spot would exhibit redness and swelling, and most of the time, those twosymptoms are carried out with mild to severe itching.Basic and primary symptoms for cosmetics dermatitis immediately show up or develop after theskin has taken contact with cosmetic products.Symptoms for cosmetic allergy occurs when the skin breaks down after contact with identifiedharsh substances. Upon contact, those substances or allergens immediately and directly affectand injure the skins outer layer, thus the onset of symptoms.Like any other form of allergies, cosmetics allergy should not be considered a disease. Rather it isjust a normal reaction as the bodys protective immune system throws out or rejects foreign and
  2. 2. harmful substances.Treatment of cosmetics allergyCreams and ointments specifically manufactured to treat cosmetics allergy are available withoutprescriptions through retailers and drug stores.Most of these medications contain cortisone in the form of hydrocortisone acetate andhydrocortisone. Cortisones help curtail redness, swelling and itching during the onset of cosmeticsallergy symptoms.In severe cases, doctors prescribe extra-strong medications and ointments that can effectively andimmediately relieve the allergy. Antibiotics are needed if blisters in the skin, which is caused bycosmetics allergy, cracks and becomes infected.How to prevent cosmetics allergyThere are some recommended measures that can help you prevent contracting cosmetics allergy.Take note of the following ways.- Before using any cosmetic products, read its labels. Look out for active ingredients that canobviously trigger an allergic reaction to your skin. Find products or alternatives that do not containsuch ingredients.- Perform mini-patch tests to determine if a new cosmetic product is too strong for your skin. It isdone by rubbing your wrist with the products and observing for any redness or recatio within 24hours.- When buying cosmetics, pick up those that contain very simple cosmetic formulas.- When wearing perfume, apply it on your clothes, not in your skin.It would do you no harm if you take several precautions to avoid getting cosmetics allergy.Prevention is much better that treatments. Remember, cosmetic allergy, just like any otherallergies, is only treatable, not curable.----------------------------------------Note: This article may be freely reproduced as long as the AUTHORS resource box at the bottomof this article is included and and all links must be Active/Linkable with no syntax changes.-----------------------------------------Charlene J. Nuble 2006.For answers to All your frequently asked questions about cosmetic allergy, please go to:
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