Skincare Ingredients That Cause Allergic Reactions on the Face

woman with rash on face due to allergy to skin care ingredients

If you have had a face allergy to a skin cream or new skincare products, you know how uncomfortable the skin inflammation from a skin allergy can be.  Whether you have tiny bumps on the face, redness, swelling, hives or itching, you can treat the face allergy with anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients

However, you must figure out what skin care ingredients in your skin care products that caused the skin allergy. 

If you suffer from skin allergies you have two choices:

1. Figure out what you are allergic to by keeping a diary or getting patch testing.

2. Find a skincare brand that is hypoallergenic.

Our favorite hypoallergenic skincare brand was developed by a dermatologist and does not have the 100 most common allergens in it.

You can find the hypoallergenic brand here.

These are the most common skincare ingredients that cause a skin allergy (in alphabetical order)

2,5 Diaminotoluene Sulfate       

2,6-Ditert-butyl-4-cresol (BHT)

2-Ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoate (Eusolex 6007) (Padimate O) (Octyl Dimethyl paba)

2-Ethylhexyl-4-methoxycinnamate (Parsol MCX)

2-Hydroxy-4-methoxy-4-methylbenzophenone (Mexenone)

2-Hydroxy-4-methoxy-benzophenon-5-sulfonic acid (Sulisobenzone)

2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone (Eusolex 4360)

2-Nitro-P-Phenylenediamine    

2-tert-Butyl-4-methoxyphenol (BHA)

3-(4-Methylbenzyliden)camphor (Eusolex 6300)

3-Aminophenol     Hydroquinone

4-Aminobenzoic acid (PABA)

4-Aminophenol     

4-Chloro-3-cresol (PCMC)

4-tert-Butyl-4’-methoxydibenzoylmethane (Parsol 1789) (Avobenzone)

Aloe vera

Ammonium Persulfate    

Ammonium Thioglycolate        

Angelica

Arnica

Balsam of Peru (myroxylon pereirae)

Beeswax

Benzoic Acid

Benzophenone-3 (oxybenzone)

Benzyl Alcohol

Benzyl alcohol

Benzyl salicylate

Bladderwrack

Catnip

Centella (gotu-kola)

Cetyl alcohol

Chamomile

Chloracetamide

Chlorhexidine digluconate

Cocamide DEA

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Colophony (rosin)

Compositae Mix

Coriander

Cucumber

Di-alpha-tocopherol acetate (vitamin E)

Dog rose hips

Echinacea

Euxyl K 400 (Methyldibromo-glutaronitrile-phenoxyethanol)

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives (FRPs):

Quaternium 15

  • Imidazolidinyl Urea (Germall)
  • Diazolidinyl Urea (Germall II)
  • Bromonitropropane diol (Bronopol)
  • DMDM Hydantoin

Gingko

Glyceryl Thioglycolate

Glyceryl Thioglycolate

Goldenseal

Green tea

Homomenthylsalicylate (Homosalate)

Hops

Hydrogen Peroxide

Isoamyl-p-methoxycinnamate

Isopropyl myristate

Kelp

Lanolin alcohol

Lavender

Licorice

Marigold

Methoxycinnamate

Methyl Methacrylate

Methylchloroisothiazolone (MCI)

Methylisothiazolinone

Niacinamide

Octyl salicylate  (Octisalate)

Parabens

Para-phenylenediamine (PPD)+

Phenylbenzimidazol-5-sulfonic acid (Eusolex 232)

Potassium Dichromate

Propolis (bee’s glue)

Propyl gallate

Propylene Glycol

P-Tert-Butylphenol Formaldehyde Resin

Resorcinol

Rosemary

Sage

Sesquiterpene Lactone

Sodium Benzoate

Sorbic Acid

Sorbitan monooleate (Span 80)

Sorbitan sesquioleate

St. John’s wort

Stearyl alcohol

Tea Tree Oil

tert-Butylhydroquinone

Toluenesulphonamide Formaldehyde Resin (tosylamide)

Triclosan (Irgasan DP 300)

Triethanolamine

Witch hazel

Ylang Ylang Oil

Our advice is to write down everything you put on your face in the last 12 hours.  With time you will start to see a pattern and this can help you narrow down which ingredients caused the reaction.  You can also see a dermatologist and get patch testing done to identify the exact allergens.

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