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Smelling Safe: What To Watch Out For In Perfumes

Posted by: Shopgirl, on: Monday, 03 March 2014

Wearing fragrances and perfumes is a very common habit for the simple reason that we all want to smell good. People would notice us and complement our smell, and there may even be times when we get to seduce others. Most of the time, it makes us feel sexy. These and many others are the reasons why wear perfumes.

But unknown to some, there are also risks to using perfume, and these include possible health risks. When wearing perfumes, one must know the following dangers and be aware before problems occur. Should you suffer from any of these, the best solution for you is to simply stay away from perfume.

Dangers: what you may find yourself dealing with

The most usual problem with the use of perfume is an acne breakout. Now, not all who use perfumes have acne breakouts, of course, but there is an explanation as to how this happens. When using perfumes, certain ingredients, like alcohol, can cause irritation on the skin. An irritated skin is prone to acne. Other than that, oils and other ingredients can also clog the pores, and thereby causing acne to emerge. As a precautionary measure, try not to spray too much on one area. Another neat solution is to spray the perfume on your wrist and then rubbing it against your neck or chest. This way, you would know if your product would cause irritation before applying it on your neck or chest.

If you have specific allergens, better check perfumes first before purchasing them. Perfumes have different ingredients that can cause not only irritation, but also allergic reactions that can be quite dangerous. Awareness of your own limitations is the key to avoid suffering the consequences.

There are some ingredients that you should know about that are common in some fragrances. Acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor and ethanol are just some of them. If you are allergic to some of these elements, then it would be best to stay away from fragrances that have them as ingredients.

Deal with the symptoms as soon as they’re out

Now, in case you have already bought the fragrance and you do not know that you are allergic, there are some symptoms that you should take note of.

The most common symptoms in an allergic reaction are headache, nausea and skin irritation. And irritation is not limited to the skin; in fact, your eyes can also get irritated. Burning, watery and even itchy red eyes are symptoms of an allergic reaction. Also watch out for a runny and congested nose.

Again, awareness is the key to prevention. If you know what you are allergic to, you can easily avoid them. However, there are still some things that you alone can’t prevent. Here are some tips to ensure that your health is secured.

• In your home, make sure that no other products contain your allergens. You may not know it, but some of these allergens can also be ingredients in your shampoo, conditioner, soaps or body wash, even your makeup. Even your air freshener can cause your allergies to act up.

• Check cleaning materials and other household items. If you have these allergens, the best way to avoid dealing with them is to simply purchase goods that are fragrance-free.

• Check your office desk and office space. You don’t have to smell each person just to tell him or her that they need to change their perfume. Speak up and inform them that the products they use are giving you health problems.

• Do research and consult your doctor. Find out what you are allergic to. Your doctor might even recommend some products that can prevent you from getting allergic to fragrances. Chances are he’ll prescribe antihistamines. This can save your life especially when you’re outdoors or travelling.

Organic perfume products are a good alternative

If you really want to wear perfume, try organic products. These products have natural essential oils and they avoid synthetic ingredients that can cause these problems. But before purchasing organic perfumes, it’s always best to test them out first. You might be allergic to some of them without you knowing.

Are you still worrying about purchasing your favourite perfume? Consider these tips, make sure that you are not allergic to it or any of its ingredients, and then you’re good to go.

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