Allergy Prone Skin: Could These Ingredients Be Making It Worse?

Natural, chemical-free ingredients in skin care can be the best thing not only for your skin but your body too.

Although if you have allergy prone skin, there are a few natural ingredients that might not be working for you.


Listed as Cinnamomum Camphora, Cinnamon is often used in facial scrubs and masks for its fragrance and antioxidant properties, as well as optimising oil production.

Although, if you have sensitive skin it could aggravate it and possibly cause hives and redness As well as possible swelling and irritations.


Due to its acidic nature, lemon juice has been suggested by many to use as blackhead treatment for the skin. As well as also being suggested as a skin brightener and toner. Although, because of its acidic nature it can also cause redness and inflammation of the skin. It also increases the risk of sunburn when applied to the skin before sun exposure. So if you have allergy prone skin, this ingredient might be one to avoid.

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Whether included in products as peel, extract or oil, grapefruit is another of the citrus family that you should be careful with in skincare or facial cleansers. Typically listed as Citrus Grandus, parts of the fruit such as the peel are packed with a class of ingredients known as Furanocoumarins. Such ingredients are responsible for phototoxic reactions when the skin is exposed to the sun.

Put simply, like lemons, it can cause a higher risk of sunburn and skin irritation.

Although low amounts are not likely to be problematic, look for any products that name it toward the beginning or middle of the ingredient list or have a strong grapefruit scent.


Despite its multiple health benefits when included as part of a balanced diet, the fragrant plant oil can contain dozens of volatile compounds. Ultimately, these have potential to pose a risk to allergy prone skin.

So keep drinking your ginger tea but keep an eye out for it in any skincare products if you are having skin irritations.


Derived from the bark and leaves of the Witch Hazel plant, this ingredient is often used as a multipurpose beauty product to soothe and tone skin. As well as reducing redness and tighten pores.

Despite its various benefits, purchasing cheaper bottles of “Witch Hazel” that are on the market can be harmful. They are likely to have been mixed with harsh alcohols that can irritate and dry out skin. Instead, opt for an alcohol-free or pure extract version to ensure the best results and healthy, happy skin.

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Jasmin Singh-brar


Jasmin is a final year Journalism student at UTS. As well as a lover of all things coffee, health, fitness and beauty, Jasmin is addicted to seeking out the best lookout spots in Sydney and finding the next best story.

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