Ayurvedic Treatment of Cosmetic Allergy (Mukhalepavisha) – Causes, Symptoms and More

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Have you ever thought that the cosmetics that you use to enhance your beauty can actually cause allergic reactions? It is important to remember that not all cosmetic products cause allergy but few of the ingredients used in the cosmetics can trigger your immune system to initiate an allergic reaction. Let’s understand all facets of cosmetic allergy treatment from causes, symptoms, common allergies to cosmetic allergy treatment. We will also empower you with ayurvedic approach to understand cosmetic allergies and provide insight about natural and alternative treatment of cosmetic allergies.

Cosmetic allergy refers to a type of hypersensitivity reaction which is caused due to application of cosmetics. As cosmetics are mainly applied on the face, therefore, the allergic reactions are more prominent on the face. Cosmetics like soaps, creams, face and eye products can act as an irritant and may initiate an allergic reaction. An allergen is a substance that stimulates the immune system to release antibodies that give rise to symptoms like redness, itching, or hives also known as Contact dermatitis. Ayurveda explains such kinds of allergic reactions as Mukhalepavisha (Poisoned cosmetics).

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Causes of Cosmetic Allergy

Some common allergens present in cosmetics can be broadly classified into natural rubber like latex, fragrances, preservatives, dyes, and metals like nickel or gold. The elongated or frequent exposure to these allergens can initiate sensitivity in the skin. Moreover, few individuals are prone to these sensitivities or have genetic factors that make them more prone to these allergies. 

Furthermore, poorly stored or expired cosmetics can also become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria or fungi and therefore, begin an allergic reaction.  Also the environmental factors like pollutants and harmful UV rays can weaken the skin’s protective barrier and make it more likely to have allergies. It is of prime importance to patch test a new product or to choose natural or hypoallergenic options to keep your skin safe from harmful allergies. 

Symptoms of Cosmetic Allergy

The severity of allergic reactions from cosmetics may vary, but can be manifested in the form of:

  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Flaky or peeling skin
  • Swelling on the face
  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing
  • Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which has symptoms like unconsciousness, shortness of breath, difficulty in swallowing, lightheadedness, chest pain, weak pulse, nausea, vomiting and this condition can be life threatening. 

Apart from contact dermatitis symptoms, some individuals also experience respiratory symptoms due to some fragrances especially in patients with asthmaallergic rhinitis, and viral respiratory infections. Ayurveda details the symptoms of Cosmetic Allergy as dark pigmentation of the skin, blister formation, oozing, cracking and skin burning, pain, prickly eruptions and more.

Ayurvedic Reference of Makeup Allergy- Mukhalepavisha

Ayurvedic Reference of Makeup Allergy

Types of Cosmetic Skin Reactions

The different types of cosmetic skin reactions are:

1. Contact Dermatitis

It is the commonest type of skin reaction that includes symptoms like redness, itching, swelling, and even blisters. 

2. Acneiform Eruptions

These skin reactions are like acne and occur as a result of exposure to some allergen present in the makeup products. It may look like small, red eruptions or pustules present on the skin. 

3. Photosensitivity Reactions

Some cosmetic products when exposed to sunlight can trigger a skin reaction called photosensitivity and results in redness, burning, and even blister formation in areas that are exposed to sun. 

4. Skin Discoloration

Cosmetics containing harmful chemicals can result in skin discoloration or pigmentation disorders after some time. 

5. Rosacea Flare-Ups

Sometimes cosmetic allergies may manifest in the form of excessive redness and flushing of face. 

6. Exfoliative Dermatitis

This is a severe skin reaction in response to cosmetics that initiate an allergic response. It refers to widespread redness, scaling or flakiness, and shedding of the skin. 

Let’s discuss what to do and what to avoid from an ayurvedic perspective if you are suffering from a cosmetic allergy. 

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Ayurvedic Treatment of Cosmetic Allergy

Ayurveda – a way of life advocates holistic treatment for cosmetic allergy which can be categorized into internal oral medicines as well as external therapies. 

Internal Medicines for Cosmetic allergy

The following classical medicines can be advised based on individual constitution and severity of the disease and can make effective herbal remedies of cosmetic allergy.  It is best advised not to take any medicine without consulting an expert Ayurvedic practitioner. 

  • Mahamanjisthadi Kwath
  • Lodhrasevyadi Kashayam
  • Mahatiktam Kashayam
  • Patolasavam
  • Khadirarishta
  • Avipathi Choornam
  • Gandhaka Rasayana
  • Kaishore Guggulu

External Application for Cosmetic allergy

Some herbal remedies for cosmetic allergies can be advised using these ayurvedic medicines.

  • Eladi Gana Choornam
  • Dinesavalyadi Keram
  • Shudha Durvadi Keram
  • Shata Dhauta Ghrita

Panchakarma Treatment Procedures in Cosmetic Allergy

  • Virechana (Purgation) 
  • Lepana (Medicinal Paste) 
  • Seka (Pouring Medicated Liquid)

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Diet Management for Cosmetic Allergy

Pathya (Do’s)

Natural Treatment of Cosmetic Allergy includes Pathya and Apathya as described below:

  • Try to replace your makeup products with the natural products
  • Perform a patch test on the skin to check if you are allergic to any of the products before using it. 
  • Maintain hygiene by washing hands and face before applying any cosmetics. 
  • Remove the make-up with cleanser and freshwater.
  • Use cosmetics that have fewer ingredients. 

Apathya (Don’ts)

  • Hot and Spicy food 
  • Non-vegetarian food 
  • Use of tobacco
  • Fried and bakery food
  • Sleeping during the day
  • Going to sleep without removing makeup
  • Using cosmetics everyday and all the time

Yoga and Pranayama in Cosmetic Allergy

Yoga plays a crucial role in combating cosmetic allergies as it enhances the blood circulation that offers nutrients to the skin and maintains radiant glow. You can try these yoga asanas to reduce the allergic reactions from cosmetic products. 

Pranayama increases the lung capacity and also removes toxins from the blood. Breathing capacity relaxes the brain and is essential to maintain skin health.

Also Read:- Makeup Allergy – Causes, Symptoms, Ayurvedic Treatment and More

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How Common is Cosmetic Allergy?

Answer: Cosmetic allergies are pretty common and just when you think that nothing will happen while using years old lipstick, you are at an increased risk of developing allergies from cosmetics. It can be in the form of mild irritation to more severe allergic reactions.

Question: How Can I Prevent Cosmetic Allergies?

Answer: You can prevent cosmetic allergies by performing a patch test before using any new product. Also, prefer to use hypoallergenic products that are free from artificial fragrances and colors to minimize the incident of cosmetic allergies.

Question: How Can Ayurveda and Natural Approaches Help to Manage Cosmetic allergies?

Answer: Ayurveda has effective treatment for Cosmetic allergy that includes internal as well as external medicines. Ayurveda can ensure complete cure from Cosmetic allergy by herbal treatment and through diet and lifestyle modifications.


  1. Sushrut Samhita of Sushruta Annapanarakhsha kalpa kalpasthan Shlok no. 60
  2. Ashtanga Sangraha of Vagbhata, Chaukhamba Subharti Prakashan, Varanasi Uttara Tantra, Chapter-35, Page 903, Shlok No. 9
  3. Charaka Agnivesha, Charaka, Charaka Samhita, Chaukhamba Subharti Prakashan Varanasi, Chikitsa Sthan Chapter-23 Page473, Shlok No. 31
  4. Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal infections, Edition 2021 by Sahil Gupta, Makeup Allergy, Chapter No. 26  Page No. 159-164. 

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Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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