A young woman in London was given a new skin care routine after she had an allergic reaction to an ingredient she had used on her own skin for several years.
It was the third time in five years that the 22-year-old had been given a rash treatment by a dermatologist.
The woman, who did not want to be named, had used a mixture of glycerin and hyaluronic acid to moisturise her skin.
She had developed a rash after eating a piece of raw, raw beef at a restaurant.
Her condition required her to have an inhaler fitted.
She was also given a corticosteroid cream to prevent further reactions.
But a week later, she developed an allergic response to the ingredient.
“I had a rash, a rash immediately after eating, it started at the bottom of my leg, then went to my face, my chest, my legs,” she said.
When she returned home, the rash was worse and she needed emergency treatment at hospital.
Skin care specialist Dr Michael Green, of the Dermatology Research and Practice Group at Queen Mary, University of London, said the rash could be caused by a number of allergic reactions.
“It could be allergic to a lot of different things,” he said.
“You might have a reaction to a number, or even a whole bunch of ingredients, so it’s possible it’s an allergy to some.”
Dr Green added that it was common for patients to be treated with antihistamines, steroids and other treatments.
He said there were many people who developed skin allergies in the past and needed a routine of daily skin care.
“If we can get people to be more mindful of the ingredients that they’re using and understand what they’re reacting to, then we can reduce the likelihood of them developing a reaction,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“We know there are a number that we know can cause an allergic reactivation in the first place and that is glycerine and a lot more.”
He added that while skin allergies were rare, there was no reason why people should not use skin care products that worked.
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