Skin Care Sensitivity and Propylene Glycol

Skin Care Sensitivity and Propylene Glycol
July 16 15:41 2019 Print This Article

While made to enhance beauty, some cosmetics and skin care products can cause sensitivities in some people. Read on to learn more about propylene glycol and how for those with allergies, propylene glycol free skin care kits may be the better alternative for a skin care regimen.

What is Propylene Glycol?

Common in many products including food and medications, propylene glycol is a synthetic compound that works by attracting and absorbing water molecules. The FDA considers it a safe additive and preservative in food at small levels. In the cosmetic world, it enhances the effects of moisturizers and hair shampoos, decreases fungal and bacterial growth in products, and thickens products like shaving creams. While propylene glycol is typically associated with hair shampoos, the compound can also be found in the following:

  • Deodorants
  • Facial Cleansers
  • Moisturizers
  • Fragrances
  • Body soaps

How to Tell if You are Allergic?

While only affecting a small amount of the population, allergies to propylene glycol exist. This can be difficult for a person with sensitivities as this ingredient is any a variety of products on the market. When sensitivity occurs, it produces a condition called contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is an irritation of the skin caused by an environmental source. When using products with propylene glycol, signs of sensitivity will typically occur 24 to 48 hours after exposure. These physical symptoms can include:

  • Swollen areas of skin
  • Itching and burning sensation
  • Areas painful to the touch

If it is a sensitivity to a shampoo or condition, a person may experience the former symptoms, but they can also experience rashes around the hairline and neck and an excessively dry scalp.

If you develop an irritating rash consistently when using certain skin care and cosmetic products, dermatologists advise checking the labels for propylene glycol. Treatment by a dermatologist and a switch to propylene glycol free products can alleviate sensitivities.

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Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is a health enthusiast and has written several health articles for various health magazines.

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