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How to Avoid Having a Makeup Reaction Horror Story

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It’s 100% possible to be allergic to certain kinds of makeup, and it can result in some makeup reaction horror stories if you are not careful. Because of the wide range of natural materials as well as artificial chemicals and compounds in makeup people may find that certain kinds can cause quite severe reactions.

Makeup Reactions Can Be Terrifying and Unpredictable

It may sound dramatic to call an allergic reaction to makeup a, “Horror story,” but it’s frankly not too far from the truth of how it can look and feel. As makeup often is put on the face when a reaction happens it’s scary.

A reaction can start as a burning or itching sensation that then proceeds to blister and ooze. The skin can turn red, raw, and break-out in hives. Swelling can happen as well. Should someone have a bad makeup reaction it can both feel and look extremely bad.

Avoiding Bad Makeup Reactions

Know What You Are Allergic To

When it comes to avoiding bad makeup reactions, the first thing you need to be aware of is if you are allergic to certain kinds of makeup. One way to know what chemicals you may have an issue with is by visiting a dermatologist and having allergy patch testing done.

This kind of test can establish a baseline of what kinds of natural materials or artificial chemicals pose no risk (or minimal risk) to you, and what variations you may be moderate to highly allergic to if exposure occurs.

Try All-Natural and Hypoallergenic Brands

While it is not a foolproof method by any means, sticking to makeup brands that only use all-natural ingredients or which advertise themselves as hypoallergenic can be great for skin sensitive to having allergic reactions to most makeups.

However, sometimes even brands that only use natural ingredients can pose an issue if a person is simply allergic to natural materials. For example, if a person is allergic to avocado it’s clearly not a good choice to use makeup that contains avocado. Even if there are no artificial chemicals, all-natural avocado could still pose its own risks.

Consider Not Wearing Makeup

More and more there are movements towards simply not wearing makeup. The reasons for this can vary; from the risk of allergic reactions to embracing one’s natural beauty, to simply wanting to save money as well as time spent shopping-for and applying makeup.

While an individual who is used to wearing a lot of makeup may feel extremely, “Naked,” without it, there’s almost never any kind of medical need to wear makeup (besides sunscreen which technically counts as makeup).

Makeup is called a cosmetic because it is literally just that–a purely cosmetic thing that people put on their face which is ancillary to who they are. While makeup can sometimes help accentuate certain features and hide pesky flaws, in the long run it’s best for one’s health to simply not wear it.

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Geraldine
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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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