The problem with makeup allergies is we often aren’t even aware we have them. Acne, hives, and blemishes may be an allergic reaction to a product in a cosmetic. Often, we may suffer these and never make the connection back to the beauty products we are using.

If we continue to use these products, the acne, hives and blemishes persist, and we repeatedly suffer until the product has been discontinued. Sometimes discontinuing a favored cosmetic can bring great relief, the allergies disappearing just as readily as if they’ve been healed.

Luckily, however, in this day and age, being allergic to a certain color of cosmetic does not ban you from it for life. You can still enjoy the same colors your favorite makeup shades bring to your face. You just need to be more conscious about where those colors come from and what’s actually contained in their ingredients.

Hypoallergenic makeup designed for the sensitively allergic can provide you alternatives, rewarding you with a return to your favorite shades of cosmetics without suffering the allergic reactions that have pestered for so long.

But be forewarned, not all hypoallergenic makeup is all it cracks itself up to be! Because there are no government regulations of the industry, the term can be used loosely, becoming little more than a marketing technique, offering a nice spin on sales but little help for your sensitive skin.

There are many cosmetic brands on the market that claim to by hypoallergenic, while offering little to no relief, sometimes even continuing to contain the very ingredients that have caused you to suffer.

Common allergic culprits are contained in eyeliners, lip glosses, tanning and sunscreens, nail polishes and hair dyes. Allergens can also be found in the perfumes of skin creams, as well as the cocoa butter common in lip gloss. Metallic resins are common in eye liner and eye shadow.


Natural or organic cosmetics may not provide any needed relief. While the ingredients of organic makeup may be contracted through organically through animals, minerals and plants, your body may have a naturally allergic reaction to these substances.

When choosing a hypoallergenic makeup, peruse the ingredients carefully. As a demand has grown in the market, many companies are developing truly beneficial products devoid of the ingredients that can cause the allergies. Like you would before using any product on your body, carefully consult its label.

If an allergy persists, stop using the cosmetic and consult a doctor. Allergies come in all shapes and sizes, and narrowing down its particular nature may take some trial and error. By finding what’s right for you, you can enjoy you favorite cosmetics, healthy and allergy free.