Can makeup cause a skin rash?

At the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center of Dallas, Texas, we see many new and current patients who deal with rashes. Skin rashes are often bothersome and can impact one’s daily life—especially if they are struggling with chronic itching and redness throughout the day. Some patients are aware of the triggers that can cause their rashes to flare up, and these patients often are diagnosed with eczema, or atopic dermatitis. However, other problems can arise when the skin is in contact with an allergen, and this is known as contact dermatitis. Women have asked our team if contact dermatitis can be caused by makeup, and the answer is yes!

Can makeup cause skin rashes?

There are many different ingredients present in most cosmetics available over-the-counter. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients and apply makeup to the face, you are likely to develop a skin rash. The irritant in the makeup can cause the skin to flare up, resulting in redness, itching, and a noticeable rash. If you are using a foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, or any other makeup that results in a rash, you may want to reconsider the makeup that you are using. While most ingredients in cosmetics are harmless, for some patients, they can be problematic.

How to avoid makeup rashes

The best way to reduce contact dermatitis is to immediately stop using the cosmetics. If you try another brand or product and experience the same problem, check the ingredients in the makeup to see if they are formulated the same. Finding a makeup that is right for your skin may take time, but will save you discomfort!

Learn more about skin rashes and allergic reactions

If you have experienced a rash after using cosmetics on your skin, you may have an allergy to certain ingredients in your makeup. Now is the time to connect with a doctor in the Dallas, Texas area who can help you determine the source of the problem and learn how to find cosmetics that will not irritate your skin or cause a rash breakout. Drs. William Abramovits, Stephanie Saxton-Daniels, and Clay Cockerell are all available at the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center to discuss your needs! Call (972) 661-2729 to request a consultation with one of our providers. We are always accepting new patients into our practice, conveniently located in Suite 160 at 5310 Harvest Hill Road.