Thursday, September 11, 2014

Aspirin Allergy and Skin Care


Aspirin. It is Acetylsalicylic acid derived from willow tree bark. If you are allergic to it, you could be allergic to many skin care, personal care and makeup products. Salicylates are chemicals found many fruits, vegetables and are often in skin care products these days. 

It is said that topical application of salicylates is generally well tolerated and that an allergy to topical products is rare. But, I do have a facial client  who is allergic to them. I am really careful which skincare products I use on her or she will end up with swollen eyes. I didn't realize how many products and foods contain them. If you suspect a salicylate allergy, an allergist can do a patch test to diagnose the allergy.

Beta hydroxyl acid (BHA), a salicylate, is widely used in makeup and skin care products for its exfoliant, healing and anti inflammatory properties. You will find it in acne products as well as anti aging products. Sunscreens can have salicylates too. Even toothpaste. It is a great ingredient as long as you are not allergic to it.  Allergic people should always read the ingredient list on the product label for any salicylates before buying.

Here is a list of salicylates:
  
Acetylsalicylic acid
Amyl salicylate
Benzoates
Benzyl salicylate
Beta Hydroxy acid
Magnesium salicylate
Menthol
Mint
Peppermint
Phenyl salicylate
Phenylethyl salicylate
Spearmint
Salicylic acid
Sodium salicylate
Willowbark
Willow bark extract

Sunscreen ingredients:
Homosalate (Homomenthyl salicylate)
Ethylhexyl salicylate (octyl salicylate/octisalate)
Trolamine salicylate

Some Foods containing salicylic acid:

Fruits
Apples
Avocados
Blueberries
Cherries
Dates
Figs
Grapefruits
Grapes
Kiwi Fruit
Peaches
Plums
Prunes
Raspberries
Strawberries

Veggies
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Hot peppers
Mushrooms
Radishes
Spinach

Nuts & Legumes
Almonds
Peanuts
Pine nuts
Pistachios

Preservatives
BHA
BHT

There is so much more. Red and yellow food coloring, nitrates, artificial flavorings. It's crazy. I'm glad I'm not allergic to them.

Here are some  helpful links:

Product Guide: http://salicylatesensitivity.com/about/salicylate-free-products/

My Sensitive Skincare: http://www.mysensitiveskincare.com/#axzz3CwvbwUm5

Salicylate Free Products: http://www.cleure.com/Salicylate-Free-Products-s/256.htm

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