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Nickel Allergy: Makeup Products
Did you put on some makeup but after a few minutes your skin started to itch? Do you often have rashes or eczema on your skin?
Nickel allergy is often referenced as jewellery allergy, however silver earrings and necklaces are not the only fashion items containing this metal. Beauty products, such as eyeshadows with a 'hint' of nickel could also cause an allergic reaction in the body.
An informative video on this topic from YouTube
How do I Know if I Have Nickel Allergy?
If you are wearing a silver necklace for instance and you get a rash on your neck – especially in the summer, you might have this type of allergy.
Other allergic symptoms could include eczema, headache, fatigue, anaemia, stomach ache, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, asthma, etc.
If you suspect that your symptoms could be caused by metals, such as nickel, it is highly recommended to consult with a doctor and take an allergy test.
What Contains Nickel?
Nickel is a type of metal and can be found in many natural and artificial products. The main sources are:
- food: tomatoes, nuts, hazelnut, chocolate, lens…
- jewellery:silver, 14k gold…
- fashion items: belt buckle, watch…
- beauty products: hair dye, mascara…
Which Makeup Brands are Nickel-Free?
There are several cosmetics that contain nickel in the colouring compontent, such as mascaras, shimmery eye shadows, eye liners and so on. This is usually not listed among the product components so it is almost impossible to track before actually testing the make up on the skin.
Brands that I recommend as I have used them for several years without any issues:
- Bobbi Brown
- Yves Rocher
Based on a dermatologist’s advise anyone who has nickel intolerance should search for makeup products that are top-shelf and high quality as well as made from natural components.
If you would like to find out more on nickel allergy and whether you are affected by it, consult with a dermatologist.
You may also find further information about the components of cosmetics on the Environmental Working Group's website: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Find out for more on foods containing nickel from my other article:
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