Beauty Edu: Irritation vs Allergic Reaction

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Hello ya sexy beasts. Today I’m going to talk about the difference
between an irritation and an allergic reaction. Both can produce a lot of redness, swelling,
pain, and unhappiness, so they can seem like they’re the same thing, but they are actually
really different. Irritation is more common and is often associated
with using a substance too frequently or at high levels of concentration. Like when your kid watches Frozen, over and
over and over again. This reminds me of my skincare strategy for
most of my twenties. I’d use a clay mask, and if I saw a little
improvement, you can bet your bottom I’d go overboard with it, using it five nights
a week until my skin was totally red and irritated. Too much washing, over-exfoliating with scrubs
or chemicals, using too many drying ingredients like isopropyl or SD alcohol, and even overdoing
aromatherapy — all of these can strip the lipids from your skin, damaging the skin barrier
and causing irritation. Ya, stop overdoing it OR it’s possible u
could just be more sensitive than others. A concentration of 5% might be okay for your
bestie, but not for you. The result of irritation is skin that is red,
flaky and uncomfortable. An allergy is the body’s immune system reacting
to a specific substance. In some cases an allergy could be potentially
fatal. The immune system identifies the substance
as foreign and reacts by sending out killer T-cells to fight of the offending substance. You might already recognize some common allergens:
peanuts, nickel, fragrances ,ppd, some preservatives. A good friend of mine just patch tested positive
for an allergy to nickel. She couldn’t believe it, because she had
worn a nickel necklace many times before. But apparently that can be one of the sign
of an allergic response. You can use a product or ingredient repeatedly
and the allergic reaction only happens when your immune system becomes sensitized. After that, even a tiny exposure can provoke
a huge response. It can take your body some time to build-up
an immune response, so if you suspect you are having an allergic reaction it may be
a product you used before without any trouble. So how can I tell if its an allergy or irritation? Here’s some key differences: Allergic reactions are usually more severe,
and can happen after even tiny amounts of exposure. On the other hand, Irritation varies with
the amount of exposure. Irritation reactions often take place at the
site where the ingredient contacted the skin, but allergic responses can happen anywhere
on the body. Allergic reactions are personal. You may be allergic to peanuts but the person
next to you might be just fine. Irritants are usually universal. An irritant for one is an irritant for all. Though not everyones skin barrier is the same,
so even with irritants the scale of the reaction may be different from person to person. Why is this beneficial to know? Because in either case you need to modify
your behavior. If it’s irritation, you can just reduce
the strength or frequency of whatever causing it. BUT If it’s an allergen,you’ll need to
avoid the ingredient altogether. Time to start reading those labels. Oh you find cosmetic labels confusing? If only there was a youtube channel that could
help. Subscribe to Ms Beautyphile so you can check
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8 thoughts on “Beauty Edu: Irritation vs Allergic Reaction

  1. I once had an irritation, tried soothing with Aloe. Had an allergic reaction to Aloe… such is life. Thnx for the great Video!!

  2. I personally have had a history with eczema – so I generally avoid cosmetics outside of soaps/shampoo. Not much of a make-up person, so I appreciate this channel! (Even then, they're usually marketed as hypoallergenic – like baby products.)

    Something kind of annoys me about the cosmetic industry is how vague "fragrance" is as an ingredient. Because it takes often a complicated cocktail of various other chemicals/ingredients to make the product smell like it does. And it's super opaque for consumers with sensitivities.

    I mean, I get it. That stuff tends to be very proprietary. Protects the brand – because it's extremely unique/identifiable/memorable (especially since scent is tied STRONGLY with memory/emotion).

    But still. Consumers deserve to know this kind of stuff. (It's a similar gripe I have in food industry with what they mean by natural AND artificial colorings/flavorings.)

    I know that was kind of a rant… but I think you might understand where I'm coming from here.

  3. I get migraines every. single. time. I wear makeup, especially if I wear foundation. I have no idea why but it bothers me a lot, because I already don't have the best self-confidence. :')

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