Every person - man or woman - wants to look good. Cosmetics have been our little helpers for many thousands of years, to help the outside in case of doubt on the jumps. Even Cleopatra bathed in donkey's milk to get a flawless, soft skin. Her eyes made up with charcoal pencils. Nowadays, cosmetics should also care for and support the natural beauty. It is fatal that many products still contain allergy-causing substances. The composition is therefore the key to well-tolerated cosmetics.
Allergy of late type
Anyone who responds to cosmetic ingredients with intolerance, no one can predict. Often it is not so easy to find out which product was the trigger for the skin reaction. For most of the symptoms such as redness and swelling, sometimes itching only hours later, after the product has been applied. Doctors speak of a "allergy of late type".
Depending on how severe the allergy is, very sensitive women can even react with facial swelling if their husband uses the "wrong" aftershave and gives his wife a peck on the cheek.
In allergies, the body reacts to an actually harmless substance, as if it were a dangerous opponent: In contact allergies at the sites that come in contact with the allergy-causing substance (allergen) the skin gets more blood and swells, go defense cells in alarm position and itching.
Fragrance neutral is not fragrance-free!
The most common allergens in cosmetics are perfumes and preservatives. Even some UV filters, as they are often used in day creams, are scientifically proven allergy triggers. Anyone who suffers from such an allergy often has immense difficulty finding a skin care line that meets all requirements.
Many products advertise with keywords like "allergy-tested" or "fragrance-neutral". However, the consumer should not rely blindly on such information: "fragrance-neutral" simply means that the product does not have a strong odor. Fragrances and perfumes may nevertheless be added to mask the often idiosyncratic odor of the pure product.
Attention should also be paid to products that advertise their good results at Stiftung Warentest or Ökotest, because these labels do not guarantee allergen-freeness. For example, in a test for face creams, those from Ökotest were rated "good" containing allergy-inducing fragrances,
The skin test brings certainty
Whether there is really an allergy to cosmetics, the dermatologist can determine with an allergy test. Here, the patient is stuck a patch on the back, which is provided on the adhesive side with small wells. In each of these wells there is a certain substance (for example the fragrance mix).
Because it is looking for allergies of late type, the patch must remain on the skin for one to two days. Subsequently, the doctor can read the exact reaction of the skin to which substance the patient is allergic. Fragrance and preservatives (especially parabens) are in the forefront of these contact allergies.
Avoid the allergen
The treatment of such allergies is difficult. It is best if the substance on which the body reacts excessively, disappears from the environment of the allergy patient. The first indication of what a care product contains is provided by the list of ingredients. Preservatives and UV filters are easy to spot here.
For allergy sufferers it's even harder to know if a product is tolerated. Because the range of fragrance additives is great, and usually smelling additives are simply stated under the word "perfume" or "Fragrance". For those who want to be on the safe side, they use products that are completely devoid of perfume.
Do not make it yourself hard
An alternative that requires work and time is to make your own cosmetics. In drugstore chains like the "spinning wheel" the necessary basic materials and the accessories can be bought or even ordered in the online shop.The Hobbythek series has the corresponding literature.If you have tried it before, it can be confirmed: creams and soaps themselves Making it is no more difficult than baking a cake.