Safe Makeup for Dermatitis

Makeup can cause two different types of adverse reactions: irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. A safe makeup is one that does not cause dermatitis or any other irritation. Unfortunately, the only way for your doctor to determine which cosmetic product you are allergic to, you must keep track of all products used and when symptoms appear. Once a particular product or ingredient is suspected, your doctor may use a skin patch test to determine if the product is causing dermatitis or not.

Fast Facts:

  • Irritant contact dermatitis is the most common reaction, and occurs when an irritating substance comes in contact with the skin.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis, on the other hand, occurs when a person is allergic to a specific ingredient in the product.
  • Makeups marketed as "all natural" are no less likely to cause a reaction than any other product.
  • Irritant contact dermatitis may simply be a result of using makeup on skin that is already dry and cracked.