Which Chemicals Can Cause an Allergic Reaction?

Which Chemicals Can Cause an Allergic Reaction?

Red, hot, and itchy skin can be a hassle to deal with. Oftentimes, we are unaware of what causes them, but we know to look out for certain chemicals to identify whether or not they are the cause. Do you know which chemicals to keep an eye out for? Read on to learn more.


What Causes a Skin Allergy?

Sensitivity to chemicals varies from person to person. For some, chemicals are not much of an issue, for others, chemicals in skin care, cosmetics, hair care, and even detergents can cause an allergic reaction. The more technical term, contact dermatitis, is a reaction that is the result of your immune system overreacting to the chemicals found in those products.

The trigger can be caused by a variety of products. Some beauty and personal care products, unfortunately, contain numerous potential allergy-triggering chemicals, including:

    • Fragrances
    • Preservatives
    • Thickeners
    • Dyes
    • Formaldehyde Resin

Other products only cause a reaction on the skin whenever it’s exposed to sunlight. This is referred to as photoallergic contact dermatitis, they include:

    • Shaving lotions
    • Sunscreens
    • Sulfa Ointments
    • Some Perfumes
    • Oil from the skin of a lime

For the most part, preservatives and fragrances are to blame. Products labeled “unscented” can still have fragrances in them. Therefore, it’s important to turn to products that are marked with “without perfume” or “fragrance-free” to be sure they do not contain any type of fragrance, thus avoiding a reaction. As for preservatives, there are countless being used today, the most common are:

    • Imidazolidinyl Urea,
    • DMDM hydantoin,
    • Phenoxyethanol,
    • Parabens,
    • Formaldehyde,
    • Quaternium-15, and
    • Methylchloroisothiazolinone

How Can an Allergy Reaction be Prevented?

Unfortunately, if you already have a family history of allergies or have an allergy you are aware of, such as asthma, hives, or eczema, the likelihood of experiencing an allergic reaction or developing an allergy to some of these chemicals is higher. Avoiding irritants is the best practice for preventing an allergic reaction. Making this a habit may take some time. Here are four steps that can help:

  1. Choose hypoallergenic products - ones without allergens or irritants
  2. Opt for “fragrance-free” moisturizers
  3. Use “fragrance-free” and “dye-free” soaps and cleansers
  4. Thoroughly rinse and wash the area that has come into contact with a known irritant immediately

Products for Allergy Prone Skin

For those of us who struggle with sensitive skin, Seed Legend has got us covered. All products are free of fragrance, dye, preservatives, and anything synthetic! From beauty to personal care, to home, they’ve got it!

Two products that are must-haves would be our Berry Body SPA and Berry Bar Facial Cleanser. The Berry Body SPA is a soap-free body wash. Detox from the environment’s pollution and toxins that you picked up during the day. Seed Legend’s Berry Bar Facial Cleanser is a versatile soap-free soap bar; it can be used all over, even on intimate areas. If you struggle to find the perfect product for sensitive skin and allergy-prone skin, give Seed Legend products a try! If our products do not meet your expectation, return them for your money back! No questions asked!

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