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Nickel Allergy: Makeup Products

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Makeup products could be the cause of an allergic reaction

Makeup products could be the cause of an allergic reaction

Did you put on some makeup but after a few minutes your skin started to itch? Do you often have rashes or eczema on your skin?

Nickel allergy is often referenced as jewellery allergy, however silver earrings and necklaces are not the only fashion items containing this metal. Beauty products, such as eyeshadows with a 'hint' of nickel could also cause an allergic reaction in the body.

How do I Know if I Have Nickel Allergy?

If you are wearing a silver necklace for instance and you get a rash on your neck – especially in the summer, you might have this type of allergy.

Other allergic symptoms could include eczema, headache, fatigue, anaemia, stomach ache, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, asthma, etc.

If you suspect that your symptoms could be caused by metals, such as nickel, it is highly recommended to consult with a doctor and take an allergy test.

What Contains Nickel?

Nickel is a type of metal and can be found in many natural and artificial products. The main sources are:

  • food: tomatoes, nuts, hazelnut, chocolate, lens…
  • jewellery:silver, 14k gold…
  • fashion items: belt buckle, watch…
  • beauty products: hair dye, mascara…

For a comprehensive list, go to: Nickel Allergy: Foods to Avoid

Which Makeup Brands are Nickel-Free?

There are several cosmetics that contain nickel in the colouring compontent, such as mascaras, shimmery eye shadows, eye liners and so on. This is usually not listed among the product components so it is almost impossible to track before actually testing the make up on the skin.

Brands that I recommend as I have used them for several years without any issues:

  • Clinique
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Yves Rocher
  • MAC

Based on a dermatologist’s advise anyone who has nickel intolerance should search for makeup products that are top-shelf and high quality as well as made from natural components.

Another great product I recently discovered is the W7 It's Magic Makeup Remover Cloth that works with only water, meaning there's no need to use any makeup remover products.

An informative video to watch

Further Information

If you would like to find out more on nickel allergy and whether you are affected by it, consult with a dermatologist.

You may also find further information about the components of cosmetics on the Environmental Working Group's website:

Find out for more on foods containing nickel from my other article:

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Emma on March 02, 2020:

Clinique makes my eyes rash

MJ on July 19, 2019:

All the brands you have listed above contain iron oxides, which means if you have a nickel allergy, you should not use them. I cannot find any foundation, concealer or blush that is free of this chemical. If any exist, I would love to know about it

Devu Bisht on October 03, 2017:

What is the product & company name nickle free allergy.

Nickely Challenged on March 17, 2015:

I think I am doing a good job trying to live a nickel free life but unfortunately there is always something that has nickel and now its my liquid and powder foundations. I am trying to find nickel free makeup foundations that can acknowledge that everyone doesnt have a snow white complexion and that my melonin isn't hindering me to live a more nickel free life.

annette on February 01, 2015:

I have a nickel allergy and a lot of make up and hair products triggers problems with my eyes, the lids swell and feel crusty and inside the lid is very sore like its burning .cant use false eyelashes at all , some mascaras , eyeliners and eyeshadows trigger symptoms too .my face and neck itch ,my head itches and at its worst was full of scales like babies cradle cap . My nose is always running and eyes watery . As soon as i get up and out of bed my eyes water , outside any degree of cold makes my eyes run . Any suggestions or help out there ? Have avoided alot of prodcts 'use only baby shampoo and the simple range of facisl products and it has helped .

Zsuzsi (author) from London on February 18, 2013:

Hi Susan, sorry to hear that you had issues with the eyeshadow. Did you have similar experience with other Clinique products as well?

Susan Foley on February 14, 2013:

I have a nickel allergy and Clinique eyeshadow bothers me. I was surprised to see that listed as nickel-free. Does anyone have any other suggestions for eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara?

Zsuzsi (author) from London on February 03, 2013:

No, I didn't know until now. Thanks for sharing!

loseraspie on February 02, 2013:

Thanks for the tips. Did you know that Mara Wilson and Daniel Radcliff are allergic to Nickel?

Zsuzsi (author) from London on February 01, 2013:

Hello, glad you found the hub useful and thanks for your build. I'll look into this and will include further info in the article if I find out more.

Anya_Marcot on January 28, 2013:

Thank you for this info! I have nickel allergy (along with all my other allergies) so this will be helpful. I was wondering if you could find out other names or derivatives for nickel to add it to your hub? Im going to research it as well, but I think nickel derivatives would be very helpful for your readers.

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