One would think that with the advances of science the number of people that suffer from allergies would diminish, but actually the thing that happens is the complete opposite. These days, the number of people that have one type of allergy or another is higher than ever and almost every other person suffers from some kind of allergy.

This phenomena is difficult to explain in many cases, but in the case of skin allergies it seems like we can guess the culprit quite easily as it can easily be found in most of the cosmetic or cleaning products we have in our homes.

This chemical usually goes by the name of Methylisothiazolinone, but can also be found under other names such as Acticide,Algucid,Algucid CH 50,Amerstat 250,GR 856,Grotan TK2, Metatin GT,Mitco CC or Mx 323 Parmetol.  

Methylisothiazolinone is a preservative which stops the growth of harmful bacteria inside liquid detergents, creams and soaps, but also causes an allergic reaction to a lot of the people who use those hygiene and beauty products.

And while it may seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel for people suffering from this type of skin allergy, there are lots of ways in which the quality of your life can actually increase, provided you do these two things immediately.

Diagnose It 

Diagnosing whether you have an allergic reaction to Methylisothiazolinone is the first thing that you should do.  The test can easily be done in most hospitals these days and the results are almost always conclusive – if your skin becomes as red as the fruits you see on the casino slots when you play at NetBet, then it is certain that you are one of the millions of Methylisothiazolinone sufferers.

The fact that you are not alone should help you cope with your allergy better, as the knowledge that many other people out there live completely normal lives while at the same time diagnosed with a Methylisothiazolinone allergy should be encouraging for most people.

Avoid It

The easiest and most straightforward step that a person suffering from this skin allergy can take is to avoid products containing Methylisothiazolinone all together. However, this might be easier said than done as Methylisothiazolinone is actually one of the cheapest ways to preserve a liquid product and as such has found wide use in the cleaning and cosmetic industry.

This means that to navigate the treacherous sea of thousands of cosmetic and cleaning products that cause you harm, you will have to start doing something that you have probably never done before – reading the product labels and the chemicals a product contains.

Companies are obliged to include all information on the things they put in their products and they have no chance of hiding anything. So if you know that you have an allergy to Methylisothiazolinone or you see red patches of skin after using that liquid soap or shampoo, try checking if the products you use contain Methylisothiazolinone, and then just change them with ones that don’t.