Is it sensitive skin, or is it allergy? Cosmetic dermatologist’s perspective from Washington, DC area, Bethesda, and Chevy Chase

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January 18, 2011

Over 50% of women consider their skin to be sensitive and intolerant to many skincare products.  Their symptoms may include redness, scaling, tightening, and occasional tingling, or itching.  It does not help that cosmetics are some ofthe least regulated consumer products on the market.  Our cosmetic industry uses over 12,000 chemical ingredients in personal care products-the vast majority of which have never been tested for safety.  

Scientists are  increasingly linking chemicals in personal care products to skin allergies, even learning disabilities, or cancer.  Carcinogens like formaldehyde, neurotoxins like lead and mecury, endocrine disrupters like phthalates, may be found in cosmetics and personal care items. 

Many ingredients commonly found in makeup, hair care products, moisturizers, soaps, cleaning supplies, or disinfectants, commonly cause skin allergies.   Allergic contact dermatitis it typically diagnosed by performing patch tests.  At Dr. Sommerville's dermatology practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland, we offer a T.R.U.E. TEST, a reliable, easy to use patch test.  T.R.U.E. test contains 28 different substances (allergens)known to cause allergic contact dermatitis.  These include such frequent ingredients of skincare products as parabens, fragrance mix, Quarternium-16, formaldehyde, imidazolidinyl urea, and others.

Cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Margaret Sommerville, offers many elegant, carefully researched, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and paraben-free skincare products at her Chevy Chase dermatology practice.  Dr. Sommerville personally designs an optimal, unique skincare regimen for all of her clients with sensitive, or allergy-prone skin.

Cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Margaret Sommerville, welcomes patients from the entire Washington, DC metropolitan area including Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, and Olney in Maryland, as well as Arlington, McLean, and Great Falls in Virginia.


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Category: Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Allergy Tests, Antiaging Skincare, Medical Dermatology, Sensitive Skin Skincare


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