The boom of cosmetics is making many women develop skin ailments that are often fatal.
But many women who buy makeup or skin-care products on the Internet or through online retailers don’t know how to properly care for their skin, or even how to determine whether they need to take medication or get skin-lightening creams, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
In a survey of nearly 5,000 women ages 18 to 65 who were not taking prescription medication, a third said they had noticed their skin got more sensitive and more irritated when using the products, according in the study published online by the American Society for Cosmetic Dermology.
A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatologic Surgery found that in the first three months of a woman’s skin-brightening treatment, more than two-thirds of women had symptoms of at least one skin problem, including eczema, psoriasis and acne.
The problems can result from a combination of factors, including improper care and improper use of the products.
The problem can manifest itself in many different ways, according the study.
“We’re seeing more and more skin problems, and it’s really about the lack of understanding,” said lead author Laura Lohr, a dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California.
Lohr said the issue of how to care for a woman with sensitive skin is particularly challenging because it’s not clear how to identify it or what treatments are best for each person.
“The fact that the skin has such an issue in the middle of the night is very concerning,” Lohrs said.
“It’s like, is your skin really going to burn up?
We need to know that before we go to the hospital.”
A woman who has not been diagnosed with any of the skin conditions said she has not experienced any skin irritation or allergic reactions after purchasing makeup and skin-blending products on online retailers such as Sephora, Urban Outfitters and Benefit Cosmetics.
“It was always on the back burner, because it was something that I was very afraid of,” said the woman, who asked not to be named.
“I never really really talked about it with anyone.”
The woman said she had used cosmetics in the past, but did not like them because they caused skin problems.
“I think they’re really unhealthy,” the woman said.
The study was conducted by a team of researchers from the University at Buffalo and the University College of London.
They used a data-driven questionnaire to gather information about cosmetic-related skin-related concerns among nearly 5.5 million women ages 12 to 65 in the U.S. Using this survey, the researchers then developed a questionnaire for people who use online retail sites.
The survey was created to determine the prevalence of skin-based skin problems in women ages 13 to 64, how many of those problems were related to cosmetics, skin-products and/or cosmetics-related products, and how often they occurred.
The survey included questions on skin-conditioning products, skin care, skin color, medication, and sunscreen use.
The results showed that more than half of the women surveyed reported at least three skin-type-related complaints, including acne, eczematous skin, psores and/ or psorosis.
“This is really an eye-opener for people that may be using cosmetic products on a regular basis,” said Dr. Mary Ann Gershman, a medical dermatologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
“It’s really important to know what you’re putting on your skin, and to know if that’s causing you problems.”
Gershmans team conducted the survey because skin problems have been shown to be associated with cosmetic-induced skin problems such as rosacea, psoriatic acne and skin cancers.
In fact, skin issues such as psorias, ecchymoses, rosias, and psoridias have been associated with many types of cosmetic-associated skin problems including rosaries, acne, psore patches and/ and acne scars.
“Skin is a very important organ for the immune system,” said Lohs, who also is an assistant professor at the New York Medical College at Mount Sinai School of Dentistry.
“And we’re seeing a lot of people have problems with their skin and they have really severe skin problems,” she said.
For some people, however, it’s important to have an informed choice about which products to buy.
“When you have people who are really into the beauty industry, you’re not going to see people with very healthy skin,” said GersHmans.
“They’ll have really bad skin.
It’s a combination, I think, of a combination.
We need better education for consumers, so they can make an informed decision.”