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Can You Suddenly Become Allergic To A Product You Have Been Using For Years? Dermatologist Tells The Answer

by Dr.Jushya sarin 17 Mar 2021
Can You Suddenly Become Allergic To A Product You Have Been Using For Years? Dermatologist Tells The Answer

Skincare: There are can be several possible reasons behind skin allergies. Read here as expert explains one of these.

  1. You may become allergic to a product you have been already using
  2. Choose you skincare products wisely to avoid allergic reactions
  3. Stop using the product to find out which product is reacting to your skin

There is a wide variety of skincare products available these days. Each one of these is loaded with multiple ingredients. A product might work wonders to some while may not give you the same results. Similarly, you might experience a reaction after using a certain product while others won't. Many find it difficult to find out what exactly is leading to an allergic reaction. It can lead to redness, itching, swelling or any other side effect. It is commonly believed that the products you have been using for years cannot lead to an allergic reaction. But is it not true, tells dermatologist Dr. Jushya Bhatia Sarin in her recent Instagram post. Keep reading to find out more.


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Dr. Bhatia says, "When people show up for some skin allergy and they are asked to stop using a certain product, many believe that they have been using this product for years now. So, it will not lead to an allergic reaction. This is a very common misconception about allergies."

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She further adds that allergies can happen from two days to months and years after the usage of the product. If a product works well for you, it does not mean that you will never develop an allergy after using that product. It should not come as a surprise if you develop allergies due to your old products.

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An allergic reaction can lead to redness, rashes, itching and much more
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"Stopping the product and observing whether you are getting better without its usage can be the easiest way to find out whether you are allergic to it. It commonly happens with hair dyes and certain fragrances," she further adds.

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It is generally advised to stop using the product that is causing allergy to control it from worsening. You should also consult your dermatologist to understand better and how you can be extra careful in the future.

(Dr. Jushya Bhatia Sarin is a MD in dermatology)

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