Eye sensitivity can happen for a lot of different reasons. Mine, for example, is linked to the fact that I am asthmatic. While I don't wear a lot of eye makeup, I would consider it a cardinal sin for me to leave home without mascara. The problem is, no matter how long and lush your lashes are, and no matter how perfectly Instagrammable your eye makeup is, it won't look good with teary blood shot eyes. Here are some tricks, tips and insider experts on managing your eye sensitivity.
Canadian makeup artist Andrea Claire, who also suffers from eye sensitivity, tells me she will " take an antihistamine if I plan to have heavy eye makeup on. The antihistamine actually helps so your eyes won't go red or teary. While it may not be enough protection for everybody, an eye cream, or primer can work as a barrier between your skin surface, and the products.
Andrea loves Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer. Many makeup artists mix Dermalogica's Intensive Eye Repair dry skin with Multivitamin Power Firm smoothing and firming — a combination that could potentially quell your sensitivity. King adds that it's best to choose cream over powder formulas if possible, since the powders really dry out your skin.
Liz Yu, Founder of Yaby Cosmetics says that you should check the ingredient list of any product with a pink, purple, or red hue for the presence of carmine. Be sure to also look out for its many alternate forms of naming, including red 4, carminic acid, C. According to Yu, most cosmetics containing the color red in various degrees are still using carmine, a scale insect, as the main source for their red. While carminic acid actually goes through a chemical process to reach various stages and levels of red, it doesn't lose the ability to agitate the immune system.
Yu continues, "When used in food or cosmetics, some people find it causes a slight irritation or hives, some can react with a full-blown rash throughout the body, and for some it causes immediate anaphylactic shock. Yu drops more knowledge, "Our immune system is tied closely with our hormones. Hormones alter and regulate the sensitivity of our immune system, and as our hormone levels fluctuate, so does the sensitivity of our immune system.
In addition, immune system has a memory and have specific cells that stores a history of "battles," so your reaction tends to get worse every time you use an irritative product. This is something I do all the time, and you can get away with it easier if you have darker lashes. If you're blessed with darker lashes and unfortunately, have sensitive eyes, don't apply mascara at the root. Leave a little bit of space so the mascara will not actually touch your skin — that way your eyes are less likely to start itching.
Of course, the mascara may actually travel down the hair shaft and get in contact with your skin eventually, but it's worth trying! Granted, the idea of using natural products for sensitive skin is a primitive one. You can be allergic to natural products as much as you are allergic to the man-made stuff, but there's a smaller chance of irritation. I've even accidentally jabbed my eyeball with their Black Tea Long Last Liquid Eyeliner and I actually didn't end of up with bloodshot eyes!
I also love their Black Tea Pigmented Mascara. Their eyeshadows are pigmented with fruit coloring instead of synthetic dyes that can mess with your skin.
Take an antihistamineor get some awesome eye drops.The typical American diet contains a lot of ingredients that may not agree with everyone, including lactose, wheat, soy, and additives such as MSG and food dyes. You might have an intolerance or allergy if you have a physical reaction after eating foods that contain these ingredients. A food allergy involves an immune system reaction that can be serious.
Yet some people are more sensitive to dyes than others. And even though food dye allergies are pretty rare, they still can occur. Food dye allergies are pretty rare. Overall, experts believe that only a small number of people are affected by food dyes. Food additives can be naturally occurring or made in a laboratory. Some dyes in particular have been linked to allergic reactions :. Carmine, also referred to as cochineal extract or natural red 4, comes from dried bugs.
It has been used in food since the 16th century. It is also found in cosmetics. A variety of reactions have been noted including facial swelling, rashes, and wheezing. Red 40also known as Allura Red, is the most commonly used red dye in a variety of products. The dye comes from petroleum distillates or coal tars. The Center for Science in the Public Interest released a study claiming Red 40 can cause allergic reactions in some people, such as hives and facial swelling.
Yellow 5also referred to as tartrazine, is one of three yellow food dyes that has been associated with allergic reactions. People have reported hives and swelling after eating foods containing Yellow 5. Also called Sunset Yellow, Yellow 6 is the third most widely used dye.
Reports of human hypersensitivity to Yellow 6 date back to There have been cases linking the dye to instances of anaphylactic shock, stomach cramps, skin lesions, and hives.My eyes water so much that the whole make up comes off in an hour or two.
I have only used the lighter colours! Any other eye product lasts all day on my eyes but the heat palette iwipes off in a couple of hours. I had the same issue with you!!!!!! When I first applied it on, it went okay but soon later about 5 hours my eye became soooo red. It starts to infect my eyes and made it so dry. After I washed my face and cleaned it, I saw my whole eye and eye lid became pinky and puffy. I was wondering what ingredient they used, if lot of people have the same experience with me,I think they should recall this product.
I afraid it could cause conjunctivitis for the eye. Anyway, I probably need to check with the doctor to make sure the reasons. I am having the same problem i stopped using my pallet for 2 weeks and yesterday tried it to see if it was the pallet making my eyes itch and red and sure enough it was.
Today my eyes feel swollen and feels like i have pink eye. This really sux i really liked the colors on this pallet.
Same thing. I going to return it I hate it I love the colors but I may have to go to a doctor may it clear soon? My eyes were better after taking an antihistamine and putting some allergy eye drops in my eyes. I took out my contact lenses for a couple days too. Still sore but not as pink or puffy, all symptoms were gone after a day. YMMV though. It sounds like a Carmine allergy. It's a pigment used in many red, pink, and purple eyeshadows in the US, also sometimes listed as Cochineal, carminic acid, C.
It's a common allergen and I developed an allergy to Carmine a couple years ago and can no longer wear a lot of my shadows and liners because they leave my eyes puffy and red. Even with a base underneath, I'll look like I have pink eye the next day and I never had a problem with it until I was Almost all Urban Decay eye products use Carmine for their red pigments, so I never tried the Heat palette because I knew it would mess with my eyes.
Naked 1 and 2 were safe though, and I'd imagine Naked Smoky is as well although I don't own it. I can't speak for their blushes and lipsticks because I've only experienced the allergic reaction in my eyes. Check the ingredients on all your eye makeup, sometimes very rusty reds are safe because they contain iron oxide instead.
The tricky thing is a lot of ingredients lists will say "may contain Carmine," in which case I play it safe and won't wear them. I have heard that Carmine is not used in cosmetics in Europe and a lot of indie vegan brands won't use it either, so those might be good places to look, I just don't want to suggest anything I haven't experimented with personally. I just got the palette. I didn't have any issues with the smoked, smoky or any of their other products.
I can't wear ANY of their eyeshadows!Beauty products can help you feel good on the outside, but they can also cause an allergic reaction or irritated skin. When this happens, it causes an allergic reaction. Allergies come from a variety of sources: food, drugs, mold, insects, pollen, pet, latex, and yes…makeup.
Allergic Reaction to Your Makeup? Here’s What to Do
There are two basic types of negative skin reactions to makeup allergies. Allergic contact dermatitis involves your immune system. Symptoms from this type of reaction include hives, itching, swelling, and redness. Another type of reaction is known as irritant contact dermatitis that causes damage to your skin in the area where you used the product.
These symptoms include itching, stinging, burning, or even blisters at the site. Ingestion Allergens, such as food or drugs, can be ingested through your mouth. Absorption Allergens can be absorbed through your skin.
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This includes, but not limited to, plants, latex, metals, and ingredients in beauty products. Inhalation Some allergens are small enough to float through the air and enter your body by inhalation.
Some examples include dust, pollen, and pet dander. Injection Certain types of allergens are injected through the skin, including medicines administered through needles. Depending on the severity of symptoms, an allergic reaction can be short-term, long-term, and even life-threatening. Allergens can affect your body in several ways. Sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses, can cause painful pressure in the head, swelling of the nose, and a mucus discharge from the nose.
Skin allergies occur when your skin comes in contact with an allergen that your skin is sensitive to. One of the most common type of allergies are eye allergies. Indoor and outdoor allergens can get into your eyes, causing redness, swelling, itchiness, and tearing of the eyes. Lastly, nasal allergies rhinitis is literally an inflammation of the nose. With this type of allergy, the allergen can cause a higher or thicker production of mucus.
Allergic contact dermatitis from carmine.
This can lead to an irritation at the back of the throat causing coughing or congestion. A makeup allergy can show up in a variety of ways. The most common type of allergic reaction is known as contact dermatitis.
There are two types of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic. Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by a product that, once applied, directly damages your skin. Your skin may respond with redness, itchiness or a burning sensation. This is a clear indicator that your skin is not comfortable with the ingredients present in the cosmetics product.
Allergic contact dermatitis can show up as hives, swelling, redness or dry patches on your skin. Some allergic reactions can create darkened skin and blackheads.
Check out the common allergens that could be hiding in your cosmetics case. Synthetic fragrance — The top offender is most definitely synthetic fragrance. As it turns out, fragrance is not just harmful to your skin, it can also lead to a host of other issues, such as respiratory irritation and damage your reproductive system. Fragrance is one of the most ubiquitous ingredients in cosmetics. Even if it seems unscented, it could still trigger an unpleasant reaction.
Preservatives — Preservatives can also trigger allergies.But reactions to cosmetics can develop over time with repeated exposure, Purvi Parikh, M. Read on to learn more about why these delayed reactions can happen, plus what to do if your cosmetics make your eyes act out. Contact dermatitis is an itchyinflamed skin reaction that happens after you encounter something that aggravates your skin or immune system in some way, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Contact dermatitis is generally divided into two categories, according to the Mayo Clinic. Irritant contact dermatitis, which is the more common form, happens when a substance is harsh enough to damage your outer layer of skin. Symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis, on the other hand, kick in when your immune system overreacts to something.
Certain substances are common culprits behind irritant contact dermatitis, like rubbing alcohol, bleach, and detergents. Others are well-known allergenssuch as nickel, medications like antihistamines, and airborne matter like pollen. But some things can cause either irritant or allergic contact dermatitis, like certain plantssoaps and body washes, and But it can also cause symptoms that might mimic other conditions, like dry eye —think: stinging, burning, redness, and excessive tearing.
In contrast, allergic contact dermatitis from repeated makeup use will usually cause itchiness and a rash that may look like eczemathe AAAAI says. Meaning, the skin around your eyes may become dry, scaly, or even form tiny cracks if you scratch it. These reactions can bubble up in response to any eye makeup ingredient.
Parikh says. Instead, the Mayo Clinic recommends wetting a soft washcloth with cool water and holding it against your irritated skin for 15 to 30 minutes for a soothing effect. If your eyes themselves are really burning, you might want to flush them out with clean water. You can do this by holding your eyelids open in the shower as water streams down over your forehead, or you can pour water over your eyeball using a clean cup.
Either way, be sure to wash your hands before getting that close to your eyes. If your eyes are super itchy or swollen, you can also consider taking an oral antihistamine which targets histaminethe chemical that causes allergic reaction symptoms or an oral corticosteroid to tame inflammation.
And, though it can be hard, avoid scratching or rubbing the area. That will only make the thin skin around your eyes more prone to irritation. If you try those tactics and they don't help, see your doctor. You may need oral or injected corticosteroids to help calm things down, Dr.
They may recommend you undergo patch testingDr. Ogbogu says, which involves wearing patches that contain allergens for a few days to see how your skin reacts. That can help your doctor narrow down what might be causing your reaction. Obviously, whatever product caused the reaction is verboten unless you love it when your eyes freak out.
But even if you do your due diligence here, remember that your body can still start to react strangely to your products over time—always keep an eye out for the first sign of irritation. If you have a negative reaction to eye makeup, you can probably blame a condition called contact dermatitis. Your eye makeup can cause either kind of contact dermatitis, but your symptoms may differ slightly depending on which one you have.
Ogbogu says. Korin is a former New Yorker who now lives at the beach. She received a double B. Korin has been published in Read more. SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.I know Laura Mercier has a few products that I can use that are carmine free, but I'm looking for other brands to try.
Any suggestions? This is because of a carmine allergy. It's difficult to read the ingredients for everything so I was hoping for any known carmine free brands as a starting point. Many thanks in advance! Their Red Lipstick is beautiful I am also looking for Carmine free products All of the brands at sephora that claim they are "vegan" still have products that have carmine in them.
Kat Von D's much-loved contour palette turned my face into a contact-dermatitis MESS basically I had scaly, eczema-y skin everywhere the darker shades touched that had to be medically treated for a month. Carmine is essentially made of mashed-up red beetles most decidedly NOT Vegan.
And to Kat Von D and Tarte: if you want to be vegan, that's cool, but start actually being vegan then. Josie Maran lipstick is carmine-free. Josie Maran beautiful eyes in nudes is carmine free.
I don't know about the other shadows. The coconut water cheek stain is carmine free. Please read the ingredient list. So what! I will NOT use anything with carmine, bugs in it! From Goochie. Both lines are available at Sephora, but you can go to the product websites to see their vegan offerings at a glance both sites have sections on their sites dedicated to their products that are vegan.
I know Kat Von D recently posted that they are working on reformulating their lipsticks that currently have carmine, so she's working on developing reds without it. I looked on line, and products labeled vegan are not supposed to contain carmine. I don't know if vegan labeling is monitored though, so you might want to check the ingredient listing to be sure.
I just purchased a beautiful palette from Tarte bloom palette but most of the colors do have Carmine, so I have to return it. I noticed my under eye area a little swollen this morning after using it for the first time yesterday, so Vegan does not mean Carmine free. I'm so disappointed. Lots of people struggle with that allergy. Check out allergictopurple. They are out there- just hard to find. There are very few companies that don't use carmine to color their red and pink cosmetics, but they don't always list it as "carmine" on the packaging.
Carmine is sometimes called "crimson lake, natural red 4, cochineal, C. There are only a few companies I know of that make cosmetics without carmine - Plain Jane Beauty has carmine-free eye shadows not the lip gloss thoughEarth's Beauty has carmine-free eye shadows and lip glosses and Au Naturale has carmine-free eyes shadows, lipsticks, and lip glosses. All three companies have websites you can check out. Add Created with Sketch. Join a group. Start a conversation.
Add a look. Post in Lip Lovers.This past summerI was sitting at the table eating breakfast while reading a National Geographic magazine. How the heck is all of this related? Well, before things can really get relevant, I have to digress and discuss my history with make-up.
Me without make-up Junior year of high school. Sometime between middle school and high school, most girls start wearing make-up. Whenever I wore make-up, my eyes would itch and I was paranoid that I was going to accidentally have mascara smeared across my face.
However, this past summer I decided it was time to learn how to put on make-up. Both my moisturizer and foundation have SPF, so I figured that wearing make-up was an easy way to protect my skin. I also started wearing make-up because, as a college student, I get less sleep that I used too. So I googled how to apply make-up, asked my mom for help of courseand started wearing make-up. It felt like someone had injected Novocaine into my lips. I throw away the lipstick, briefly thought about that NatGeo article, but then just assumed that the lipstick was old.
Two days later, I used my favorite eyeshadow when I put on make-up. I had to take my dog to the vet that morning, and by the time I was paying for the visit my eyelids felt extremely heavy. I felt like I could barely keep my eyes open. On top of that, my eyes were extremely itchy, worse than ever before. By the time I got home, my eyelids were visibly swollen and painful and it took three days before they were back to normal.
I took off my make-up and reread the NatGeo article. I realized that I was part of that unlucky few in the population who were allergic to carmine dye. This was extremely frustrating to me. I had just started wearing make-up, and I was devastated that it seemed like I could no longer wear it.
I spent an entire day on the computer, going through ingredients in every brand of make-up I knew and many I had never heard of but every search ended with the same results — carmine.
I loved the chapstick because it gave my lips a tingling sensation; it was only until after I had a severe reaction that I realized it was just a smaller reaction due to the smaller amount of carmine in the chapstick.
I was sure that nothing would come up, but I did get a relevant result. Someone posted my same question in a Yahoo!