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Health Tip: Makeup May Aggravate Allergies

October 6, 2005

(HealthDay News) -- For centuries, women have been using makeup to look and feel beautiful. But makeup can also cause ugly allergic reactions, such as redness or blisters.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers these suggestions to minimize your risk:

* Tighten makeup lids when not in use.
* Wash your hands before putting on makeup.
* Don't share makeup with others.
* Don't add liquid to your makeup.
* Discontinue use if your skin breaks out.
* Throw away discolored makeup or products with an odor.
* Don't use makeup if you have pinkeye. 

Be sure to read makeup labels before use to learn what's in the product and how to use it safely.

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