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Wear Makeup? How to Avoid Allergic Reactions

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When you wear makeup every day, you may be concerned about it causing allergies. In most cases, it's not the makeup that's causing the allergies; it's the way the makeup is handled. Unfortunately, makeup allergies can cause serious problems for you. Luckily, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of makeup-related allergies.

Know the Expiration Dates

When it comes to protecting yourself against makeup allergies, the most important step you can take is to know the expiration dates. You might not realize this, but each piece of your makeup kit comes with its own personal expiration date; whether that's weeks or months away. Using your makeup past the expiration date can increase your risk of an allergic reaction. This is particularly true of your eye shadow, eyeliner, concealer, and mascara; the items that go right near your eyes. To keep your eyes healthy, toss your makeup out and replace it as soon as it reaches the expiration date. 

Never Share Your Makeup

You've probably been raised to know that sharing is caring. However, that's not the case with your makeup. In fact, sharing your makeup with others is a good way to increase your risk of an allergic reaction. Each time you share your makeup, you're adding new germs and bacteria that can be transferred directly to your eye area. Unfortunately, exposure to the shared germs and bacteria can lead to an allergic reaction. To reduce the risk, never share your makeup, especially the items that are applied to the eye area. 

Start With Clean Hands and Face

If you're not starting with a clean slate, you're increasing your risk of makeup-related allergic reactions. That's because the dirt and pollen that's on your skin can be transferred directly to your eyes during makeup application. The best way to apply your makeup and protect your eyes from an allergic reaction is to start with clean hands and a clean face. Not only that, but your makeup will look better when it's applied to clean skin. 

Wash Your Makeup Applicators

If you're not washing your makeup applicators at least twice a week, you're at a greater risk for an allergic reaction. Your applicators pick up particles of dead skin, germs, and bacteria each time you use them. Not only that, but they can attract germs while they're sitting in your makeup kit. To protect your skin and your eyes, be sure to wash your applicators several times a week. This includes your eye shadow applicators since they come in close contact with the delicate skin around your eyes.

If you wear makeup, use the tips provided here to avoid allergic reactions. If you develop symptoms associated with a makeup allergy, such as a rash or swelling, be sure to contact local allergy services.