Although most people can safely use commercial skincare products, there are some who experience allergic reactions. These reactions can either develop over time or be immediately apparent. Nevertheless, signs of an allergic reaction can include redness, swelling, itching and/or burning, which are never fun things to encounter! The team at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery wants you to avoid these symptoms at all costs so that you can reap the most benefits from your skincare products and/or regimen.
There are many factors that can cause skin sensitivity. There are environmental factors like dirt, pollution, hard water, cold and/or hot weather; lifestyle elements like stress, hormones, smoking and/or eating right; and/or the ingredients in your skincare products. Unfortunately the U.S. does not maintain the same high standards as other European countries when it comes to the ingredients in skincare products.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), more than 1,100 ingredients used in makeup and skincare products in the U.S. are banned in Japan, Canada, and most European countries. However, that does not mean all the ingredients within U.S. products are deadly or seriously dangerous, it could be other countries choosing not to put ingredients they do not have enough information on in skincare and beauty products.
Regardless, it’s important to be aware of possible skin sensitivities. There are ways you can avoid them from occurring with a few simple steps:
- When choosing a makeup and/or beauty product, try selecting the one with fewer ingredients listed on the bottle. Simply put, the fewer ingredients you have in your skincare products, the less likely you are to have a bad skin reaction.
- If you have extremely sensitive skin that flushes or breaks out easily, try purchasing products that have the terms: “hypoallergenic,” “non-irritating,” “dermatology tested,” or “sensitivity tested” featured on the bottle. Most of the companies do the testing, so there are no guarantees your skin won’t react to the product. Regardless, these could be better for your skin then other products.
- Patch tests are incredibly important if you’re apprehensive about using a product for the first time. Placing a small amount on the inside of your wrist or elbow and monitoring the spot for skin irritations for 48 to 72 hours is key.
Lastly, seeing a highly trained, highly qualified medical aesthetician for guidance on skincare products is undoubtedly one the best ways you can avoid skincare reactions. Many of the commercial products on the market today contain harsh chemicals meant to extent their shelf life, which may or may not break out your skin. The medical aesthetician at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery evaluates your skin thoroughly, asks the appropriate skincare questions and takes into consideration your “patient history” before recommending any products or skincare procedures. If you’re interested in speaking with us about your skincare needs, schedule a consultation today!
If you wish to set up a consultation with one of our surgeons, please do not hesitate to call us at our Phoenix location. We are easily accessible and here to help. Call us now at (602) 513-8133.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.