Allergic to Lipsticks

Different types of lipstick
Q: I've become allergic to the lipsticks I've been wearing for a long time. Are there lipsticks that might be non-allergenic that I could wear?
A: Actually virtually every cosmetic maker has a line (or at least a selection) of products that are hypo-allergenic. You can find lipsticks from Almay, L’Oréal, Lancome, Estee Lauder and others that are all free of the most common cosmetic allergens.
The key is going to be either knowing what in the lipstick you are allergic to and avoiding that ingredient in a new lipstick, or trying a variety of new lipsticks to see if you are sensitive to their formulas.
Visit your local department store and ask to try a few different brands to see. If you explain your problem, you should have no problem getting a clerk’s assistance to check for sensitivity of the products. You can simply dab a small amount onto your forearm and let it sit for 24 hours and observe the area for signs of irritation. If there seems to be no irritation you should be safe.
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See also:
Lips and lip care
Lipstick trends and colors