Australian labelling laws are scant, allergens are only required on food labels. In the EU it is a mandatory requirement to provide allergy advise on cosmetic products. SCA's Allergy Certified® campaign logo endorses brands that pledge to provide consumers with full ingredient transparency as well as specific safety advice concerning potential allergens.
Brands are required to restrict &/or exclude the Key Allergens or submit test reports confirming suitability for sensitive allergy prone skin. Products can contain a multitude of chemicals, any of which have the potential to trigger irritation, it's important not to confuse skin conditions like seborrheic & atopic dermatitis or rosacea with chemical sensitivity.
Irritated skin or allergic reaction?
Adverse skin reactions can be triggered by natural or synthetic ingredients. The majority of reactions to makeup & other products is usually skin irritation & thankfully not a full blown allergic reaction. Products can contain a multitude of chemicals, any of which have the potential to trigger irritation. It's also important not to confuse skin conditions like seborrheic & atopic dermatitis or rosacea with chemical sensitivities.
Can sensitivities & allergies go away?
Experts advise that once you are allergic or sensitised to a particular chemical, the sensitivity typically persists, and can become far worse with repeated use. The advice is to discontinue using a product at the first sign or irritation because continued exposure can have long-term systemic effects that can potentially increase sensitivity, duration and severity of skin irritation allergic reactions and the likelihood of cross reactivity.
Who should be concerned?
Women are more at risk of skin irritation compared to men. This is simply because women apply more products to their face on a daily basis. Reactions to products are also more likely to be on the face, because people apply more products to the face than any other part of the body. Learn more about allergies and skin irritation: MedicineNet.com, Allergy to selected cosmetic ingredients, The Chemistry of Cosmetics.