1.10.2011

You Should See A Doctor About That - A Note About Fragrance


Have you ever experienced a negative reaction to skincare, haircare, or other personal products?

A negative skin reaction is often the result of fragrance in a product. Fragrance comes in many forms, not just in perfume bottles. Many cosmetics contain fragrance as a key ingredient. Allergic reactions to fragrance are common, causing bumps, rashes, and other symptoms of a skin condition known as contact dermatitis.

What is contact dermatitis?
Usually caused from a negative reaction to an irritant, Contact Dermatitis can result in swelling of the skin, a rash or bumps on the skin, redness, dryness, flaking, and itching. If this occurs, make sure to consult your physician for advice and treatment.

When choosing skincare products, cosmetics, or even haircare, it is important to pay attention to what you know about your own skin and personal ingredients tolerance.

Keep in mind, however, that an allergy can surface at any time, without prior episodes. Yes, that means that even without a history of a certain allergy, you can acquire an allergy anytime in your life. The good news is that allergies can also disappear at any time.

Next time you have a reaction to a product used on your hair or skin, check the ingredients. Look for fragrance on the list and eliminate the product if necessary.

Image credit: 03-14-07 © Frances Twitty iStockphoto 

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