10 Side Effects Of Makeup To Watch Out For

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Makeup is something that most of us apply on a daily basis without giving it a second thought.  But the truth is that the makeup that is so much a part of our daily lives may harm us. There are dangerous side effects of makeup that should be considered when you make a decision to purchase and wear it.  It is good to know what to be on the lookout for.  For more information, you may want to read on.  Here are 10 potentially harmful side effects of makeup.

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1. An Allergic Reaction

This is probably the most common of the side effects of makeup that you can experience.  What this means is that you are putting a product on your skin that your skin does not agree with.  It is an irritation to your face and your face develops a reaction that may sting, hurt or burn.  Generally, removal of the triggering makeup will help your face heal tremendously.

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2. Acne

Acne occurs as one of the side effects of makeup because many cosmetics clog your pores.  When your pores are clogged, they can’t ‘breathe’ freely and begin to multiply the bacteria that make acne.  You can get acne in the traditional sense of pimples or you could have blackheads and whiteheads from your makeup use.

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3. Dryness

Dryness can occur as one of the side effects of makeup.  This is especially more likely to happen if your makeup is one that says something like ‘oil control’ or that it helps to prevent acne.  If you are especially prone to dryness of the face then you want to avoid choosing cosmetics that say this on their label.  Dryness can actually become quite painful if not caught and treated early.

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4. Exposure To Carcinogens

As scary as this is, you can actually be exposing yourself to carcinogens when you wear makeup.  This is one of the most dangerous of all the side effects of makeup.  Carcinogens are substances such as chemicals that are likely to cause cancer with repeated exposure.  The best way to prevent this is to look closely at the label of your cosmetics and research all of the listed ingredients.

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5. Respiratory Problems

Another of the dangerous side effects of makeup is that it can cause respiratory problems.  This is especially true if you have any kind of respiratory condition such as asthma or COPD.  While many types of makeup can do this, makeup that is made from a powdery texture is most likely to do this.  That is because you are breathing the substance in.

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6. Lead Exposure

Believe it or not, there are still many cosmetics that contain lead as an ingredient.  Lipstick is one of the ones that contain the highest percentage of lead.  Think about it; when you eat your lipstick can come off on your food and is then consumed by you.  This can lead to some very dangerous side effects of makeup- lead poisoning.

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7. Eye Irritation

One of the side effects of makeup is eye irritation.  It can be caused by any cosmetic used near the face but is more likely to be caused by eye makeup such as eye shadow, eye liner or mascara.  Sometimes choosing eye makeup formulated for sensitive skin may help.  This problem is more common in contact lens wearers.

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8. Eyelash Breakage

Wearing makeup can cause eyelash breakage.  This happens because the cosmetics that you put on your eyelashes make them stiff and more likely to break.  This is especially true if you wear a waterproof mascara or if you are not careful to always wash your makeup off before you turn in for the night.


9. Premature Aging

Although we women choose to wear makeup because we want to look more attractive and younger, it can actually cause a reverse effect.  It can age your skin beyond it’s years add to problems such wrinkles, crow’s feet, and deeper lines.  This is one of the side effects of makeup that we all want to avoid.

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10. Skin Or Eye Infections

Lastly, one of the dangerous side effects of makeup that can happen to you is that you contract skin or eye infections.  Makeup is something that comes in close contact with our face and if there are any germs in the makeup, it can cause a skin or eye infection to begin.  It doesn’t have to come from the makeup when it was brand new.  As we use makeup, we transfer germs onto our cosmetics with our hands if we didn’t wash them before applying cosmetics.


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