For many people, makeup is an everyday requirement which is also non-negotiable. However, many can’t but wonder whether makeup is bad for our skin? The answer to this question can only be provided individually with regard to what kind of products they are using and how is it affecting their skin. This is because a clear-cut definition of whether makeup is good or bad for all types of skin is not available.
The variety of cosmetic products available in the market is vast and most people are not even aware where they should begin with makeup. Should you be using organic products, natural products, fragrance-free or just one of the multiple other choices available? Does the proper choice of products satisfy the individual requirements of your skin?
The term makeup usually describes a group of cosmetics which are used for making the individual look better. Some cosmetics include ingredients that can cleanse, treat, and offer protection to the skin and hair. At the moment, it is not difficult to notice products which are combining makeup together with other ingredients in order to provide protection from the sun and other benefits for the skin. People with problematic skin will find it beneficial to reduce the number of products they are using. At the same time, this habit may create complications for some.
What Can Makeup Do To Our Skin?
In most cases, makeup is harmless but the potential of certain products to cause problems for some individuals does exist. Therefore, it is important for you to use makeup and products which are suitable for your skin type or condition. Skin types can be broadly classified into the following four groups:
- Oily skin. Oily skin will exhibit excess production of oil, blackheads, prone to acne and large pores.
- Sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is tight, stinging, intolerant to a number of products and prone to redness.
- Dry skin. Dry skin is rough or flaky while also looking dull and prone to itchiness.
- Normal/combination. This condition may be oily in the T-zone which is the forehead, chin, and the nose but could be without problems elsewhere.
While people may have a fair idea about their skin type, they often fail to recognize underlying skin disorders. They are usually not aware of conditions like eczema, contact dermatitis, sun damage and rosacea which have the potential to cause inflammation along with disruption of the skin barrier.
Inflammation can cause itchiness or tenderness along with lumps, bumps and redness. Barrier disruptions will result in the tight and sensitive skin which is dry and easily irritated. The symptoms exhibited will be similar to the reactions caused by cosmetics and, therefore, they should be considered carefully before blaming makeup as the cause for the inflammation or the barrier disruption.
Problems of the Skin That Can Be Caused By Makeup
The makeup used by most people can create some problems on the skin. Some of the problems are related to dead skin cells which are physically blocking the pores. Some people may face reactions because of any underlying conditions they may not have recognized. Allergic reactions can also occur when an individual becomes sensitive to a particular ingredient which has been applied on the skin. People who are using makeup regularly must ensure they know their skin type well enough to choose products that will be suitable for them. They should not be purchasing random products just because it has freshly been introduced in the market and has the appearance of a “must have” brand.
What Are The Ingredients Of Makeup That Should Be Avoided?
The most common causes of contact allergy from cosmetics are fragrances and preservatives. Skincare products are using in excess of 5000 fragrances and many of them are plant extracts which are natural and essential oils.
Some common allergens that are used include preservatives, coconut di-ethanolamide, and sunscreen agents. Some preservatives like parabens, formaldehyde and Quarternium 15 are also used as stabilizers in all liquid products in order to prevent the growth of microbes. It is popularly believed that natural and organic ingredients do not have the potential to cause allergies or irritation but they can be quite worrying for individuals who are prone to skin conditions.
People are not required to avoid any specific ingredient unless they have been identified as prone to an allergy or sensitivity of some kind. People with oily skin are advised to limit the use of oil-based cosmetics.
People with sensitive or dry skin, which could indicate an inflammatory skin condition, should be avoiding irritants and allergens. They should rather concentrate on hypoallergenic formulations which target sensitive skin because this will be a better choice.
Actions To Be Taken In the Event of Any Skin Reactions From Makeup
Having the skin diagnosed is the first action that should be taken in the event of the development of a new rash on skin irritation. If you believe you’re having a reaction to a product you are currently using, it is advised to stop using all products in the area affected. Simplifying your daily routine by choosing products which have been formulated specifically for sensitive and allergic skin is another option you can choose.
If you are unable to get to the bottom of the issue, you may need to seek the help of a professional in order to eliminate the possibilities of skin conditions and also to test for allergies if required.
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