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Makeup Allergy (Mukhalepavisha)

मुखालेपेमुखंश्यावंयुक्तमभ्यङ्गलक्षणै: l
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Makeup Allergy

Makeup Allergy also known as Cosmetic Allergy is the type of hypersensitivity reaction caused by reaction to makeup items applied on body. Since makeup is applied commonly on face, the allergic reactions are more seen on face. The manifestations on skin may vary depending on the type of cosmetic used and the mode of response. Sometimes the reaction will be allergic or in other times it will be irritant.  Ayurveda explains such kind of allergic reactions as Mukhalepavisha (Poisoned cosmetics). Dr. Gupta’s IAFA has formulated specific Ayurvedic treatment protocol for this condition. IAFA is equipped with all kinds of curative methods for various types of allergies including Makeup allergy. 

Causes of Makeup Allergy

Allergic reactions to makeup can result from various ingredients in the products. Many of the products contain chemical or herbal constituents. Mostly the fragrances and preservatives are responsible for causing allergic reactions. Perfumes are added to cover up the unpleasing smell of chemicals. Preservatives like parabens, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, methylchloroisothiazolinone, etc. are added in order to increase the life period of cosmetics. Also, people with sensitive skin are more prone to such reactions.

Ayurvedic Reference of Makeup Allergy- Mukhalepavisha

Symptoms of Makeup Allergy

Allergic reaction to makeup will be exhibited at the site of application of makeup substances. The symptoms can appear suddenly after application or after several years of continuous use. It may extend from a simple rash to complete discoloration. Common symptoms of Makeup Allergy are:

  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • Scaly skin
  • Redness

  • Hives 
  • Eczematous appearance
  • Pricking sensation soon after application of cosmetic

Less common manifestations include black heads, darkened skin etc. 


Ayurveda details the symptoms of Makeup Allergy as blackish discoloration of skin, formation of blisters, oozing, cracking and burning of skin, pain, thorny projections etc.

Types of Cosmetic Skin Reactions

There are mainly two types of skin reactions towards makeup. They are;

  • Irritant Contact Dermatitis: It occurs when some irritants in the Makeup products cause damage to the skin. The skin may get burnt, itching and redness can develop at the site of application. The blisters formed, if scratched may cause oozing.


  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis: It is the allergic response caused by involvement of body’s immune system. Symptoms include redness, itching, swelling etc. In Allergic Contact Dermatitis, symptoms can be manifested in any body part.Mostly symptoms are seenon face, lips, ears,eyes, and neck.

Dr. Sahil Gupta

“Dr.Gupta’s offers effective Ayurvedic management for Makeup allergy. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® has formulated specific Ayurvedic treatment protocol for this condition. IAFA is equipped with all kinds of curative methods for various types of allergies including Makeup allergy.

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– Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
CEO & Founder of IAFA®

Diet in Makeup Allergy

Do’s (Pathya) in Makeup Allergy

  • Use natural makeup products
  • Test the make up for allergic reactions before applying it
  • Wash hands and face before makeup
  • Wash the face thoroughly with water and cleanser after use of make up
  • Use make up products with lesser number of ingredients.

Don’ts (Apathya) in Makeup Allergy

  • Spicy food 
  • Non-vegetarian food 
  • Cigarette smoking  
  • Fried and bakery food
  • Day sleep
  • Sleeping without clearing makeup
  • Continuous use of makeup products

Yoga and Pranayama in Makeup Allergy

Yoga helps to increase blood circulation that provides healthy and glowing skin. Following Yoga postures will be beneficial for skin:

  • Sarvangasana
  • Halasana
  • Uthanasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Ushtrasana
  • Bhujangasana

Pranayama is purifies blood and increase its oxygen carrying capacity. It helps to maintain healthy skin. 


Ayurvedic Treatment for Makeup Allergy

Ayurveda has advised treatment for makeup allergy. Ayurvedic management includes internal medicines as well as external therapies.

Internal medicines

  • Amrutharajanyadi kashaya
  • Lodhrasevyadi kashaya
  • Mahatiktaka kashaya
  • Patolasava

  • Khadirarishta
  • Avipathi choorna
  • Gandhaka Rasayana

External application for Makeup allergy

  • Eladigana choorna
  • Dineshavalyadi kera

  • Sudhadurvadi kera
  • Shatadhouta Ghrta

Treatment Procedures in Makeup Allergy

  • Virechana (purgation) 
  • Lepana (Medicinal paste) 

  • Seka (Pouring medicated liquid)

Single Herbs in the Management of Makeup Allergy

  • Chandana (Santalum album)
  • Usheera (Vetiveria zizanoides)
  • Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

  • Bharangi (Clerodendron serratum)
  • Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa)


  1. Sushrut Samhita of Sushruta, Annapanaraksha kalpa, Kalpasthana, Shlok No. 60.
  2. Astanga Hrudya of Vagabhata, Chaukhamba Subharati Prakashan, Varanasi, Uttar Tantra, Chapter – 35, Page- 903, Shlok No. 9.
  3. Charak Agnivesha, Charaka, Charak Samhita, Chaukhambha Surbharati Prakashan, Varanasi, Chikitsa Sthana, Chapter – 23, Page 473, 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.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How is Makeup allergy caused?

Answer: Makeup allergy is caused by the preservatives and fragrances present in the cosmetics that activate the immune system and result in allergic symptoms.

Question: What are the symptoms of Makeup allergy?

Answer: Symptoms of Makeup allergy include appearance of rashes, itching, burning sensation, discoloration etc. at the site of application of makeup.

Question: How Ayurveda treats Makeup allergy?

Answer: Ayurveda has effective treatment for Makeup allergy that includes internal as well as external medicines. Ayurveda can ensure complete cure from Makeup allergy.

Question: How can make-up allergies be prevented?

Answer: Avoid using skin care products that contain chemicals such
as: parabens, phthalate, artificial fragrances etc.

Question: How can a person know if he is allergic to makeup?

Answer: After application of cosmetic products, if one develops hives,
itchy skin, flaking or peeling skin, irritation in the eyes, nose
and mouth, these indicate allergy to makeup.

Question: What ingredients in the cosmetic products cause allergic reactions?

Answer: Formaldehyde is a chemical that is widely used as a preservative which can cause allergic reactions.


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