Health Tip: Sensitive Skin?

Suggestions to avoid makeup reactions

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(HealthDayNews) -- For some women with sensitive skin, makeup can cause unpleasant irritation and breakouts.

While some women with skin conditions avoid makeup altogether, the American Academy of Dermatology offers suggestions for those who want to continue using cosmetics:

  • Choose powder-based makeup when possible, because it usually has few preservatives and other ingredients that can cause skin irritation.
  • Avoid waterproof cosmetics, which require solvents to remove them. These solvents also remove the oily substance made by the skin's sebaceous glands, leaving skin exposed to potential irritants that can cause a breakout.
  • Throw out old cosmetics. Lifespans include: one year for foundation and lipstick; three to four months for mascara; and two years for powder and shadows.
  • Use black eyeliner and mascara. Dermatologists say black is the least allergenic of all colorants.
  • Use products with fewer ingredients. The fewer ingredients, the less likely they are to cause a problem.

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