Lipstick Allergy Symptoms, Causes and Treatment


Cosmetic products make your feel on top of the world. They help you to improve your appearance and look enticing. Use of cosmetics can be dated back to ancient civilization, where only royal families would wear rouge on lips and cheeks.

Lipsticks similar to all other cosmetics are containing a lot of chemicals. Not all of these chemicals are harmless, however most people would not experience any harmful effects from the lipsticks. If a lipsticks contains a chemicals that you are allergic to it. It can be easily cause lips allergies to you.

In view of the fact that lipsticks are applied on the mouth, women have a tendency to lick their lips and digest some chemicals all the time from the lipsticks.
lipstick allergy symptoms

On an average, a woman may ingest 4-5 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime, more frequently than not. That is not what causes the allergies. The contact of the lipstick with the lips is what lipstick allergies in the first place.

Only after 20th century lipstick was made general and women on average ingest 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. Lipsticks contain numerous natural and artificial ingredients, they may trigger allergic reaction. Lipstick allergy symptoms may include dry peeling lips, bumps may appear and your lips look raw and red.

Symptoms may differ from person to person, ranging from simple rash to fully fledged allergic reaction. You must check out the ingredients listed over lipstick to know if you’re sensitive to it.

There are a host of allergens which could be trigger lip allergies, when they come in contact with the lips or the mouth. These allergens may be cosmetics (lipstick, lip balm) etc. This can also cause swelling of the lips if one is allergic to them.

Lipstick Allergy Symptoms

  • Burning lips
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Tingling sensation in both lips
  • Itching of lips
  • Swelling of both the lips

For different flavors cosmetic manufacturers use food based ingredients like olive oil, vegetable oil and other innate elements. As mentioned one of the best way to treat lipstick allergy is to avoid it or at least stay away from the particular ingredient that is causing allergic reaction.

lipstick allergy symptoms

If you have contact dermatitis due to the chemicals enclosed in the lipstick, the allergic reactions would be most likely to occur directly on the site of the contact. The lip appears hypersensitive, red and puffy.

If the allergies are causing itching and burning sensations on your lips, ingesting the lipstick may cause the symptoms to spread. An element well-known as carmine is a ruby dyed pigment that is derived from the crushed shells of beetle.

Allergic symptoms range from peeling of lips to serious flare-ups over lips.

1. Skin Rashes

If you’ve eczema or other chronic skin ailments, then lipstick allergy may aggravate the diseases. Skin rashes may appear as soon as you topically apply the lipstick. As lipstick may enter mouth, tongue and throat, infection or inflammation may affect in your mouth.

Your lips may undergo angioadema after applying lipstick. Experts say that Carmine, a red pigment found in lipstick may trigger allergic reaction.

2. Gastrointestinal Issues

As mentioned, women use about 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. Most lipsticks are flavored with food colors, so it implicitly or explicitly enters mouth, tongue and throat.

A variety of the other problems experienced by those who are affected by the lipstick allergies are focused in the gastrointestinal organs. The chemicals may reach your stomach and cause problems to you. Most of the gastrointestinal problems are caused by the ingested chemicals from the mouth by lipsticks.

If the chemicals in the lipstick contain bismuth oxychloride, they you could experience bismuth toxicity. However these levels remain low and they may ultimately increase and can cause allergic reactions.

Chemical ingredients and irritants in this cosmetic product may trigger stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pains. These allergic symptoms may accompanied by skin problems. Bismuth oxychloride packed in frosty lipstick may not be toxic but according to Lifescript this compound turns to irritants.

3. Respiratory Problems

Asthma, nasal congestion, runny nose fainting and light-headedness are few more allergic symptoms due to lipstick. People with asthma and other respiratory problems should avoid lipstick application.

In rare cases the allergic reaction may lead to anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that may lead to death. Along with above listed allergic symptoms anxiety, coughing, hives, wheezing, slurred speech and palpitations. This condition needs immediate medical attention.

4. Anaphylaxis

However anaphylaxis is an uncommon condition, this could be happen if you develop a very severe allergy to the lipstick that you have been using. In case of a brutal allergic reaction, the most important organ system begins to shut down one by one.

Ultimately your airways become obstructed and you are not able to breathe at all. Anaphylaxis may cause a stroke and in rare cancer and even death.

Please share your lipstick allergy symptoms in comments.

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  1. Hi can you please recommend a best lipstick to use, I have allergies i experience having allergy to my lips since 2013 my lips getting dry sometimes then swelling and itching

  2. This happens to me. I’m so glad to have found this site as I thought it was only me and I was just weird! After applying lipstick/lip stain and even some lip balms, my lips start to develop blisters, swell, and get quite sore, then they dry out and the skin peels after about day 3. I’m in Australia. Has anyone found a product that doesn’t cause allergies?

    • this is reginah, last 6 months am suffering from the same issues , am not able to apply lipstick , i consulted the dermatologist as well, there is nothing happened . again it started swelling and itching what i should do ,

      • Hello ladies

        I am allergic to almost all lipstick and the only thing I can use is Babylips electro chapsticks. However I recently find out that I can use the Maybelline Matte lipstick too fortunately. Maybe there is an ingredient which maybelline does not use in their lipstick 🙂

  3. I bought a new lipstick and used it that day I couldnt breathe and I ended up in the hospital because of what they said was bronchial spasms. The next day i broke out with tiny blisters all over my mouth and I could not figure out what was going on. I didnt use anything but aloe vera for a few days and they healed. Then i decided to use the lipstick again to see if it was the lipstick the culprit and sure enough here I am again two days later with blisters. I did try other lip balms that were medicated and it started burning worse. The only thing I found to soothe the burning was aloe vera and vaseline

  4. I have been diagnosed with severe reaction to balsam of Peru and nickel sulphate. Only the first seems to show any reaction. My mouth is extremely swollen red and unbearably painful. I have removed all cosmetics,anything I use with fragrances around the home. I Do not eat any foods that trigger it. Nothing working. Absolutely at end of tether!


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