Dr. Ogden On Allergy To Cosmetics And Patch Testing

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Parabens and fragrance are the two biggest culprits in allergic reactions to perfumes and lotions, Dr. Ogden says. If a new lotion or perfume gives you a rash, Ogden recommends seeing an allergist. Bring the product with you, if you still have it, so the allergist can help you avoid products with whatever ingredient caused the reaction. Some sunscreens — ones with octyl salicylate, for example — can also trigger allergic reactions, she says.

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