In this article, I would like to share information concerning
hair dye allergic reactions by paraphenylenediamine (PPD). PPD is a chemical that usually comes
in its own bottle accompanied by an oxidizer and is found in tattoo
ink, printer ink, hair dye box, and gasoline.


Hair coloring products include different ingredients that can irritate
skin and cause allergic reactions. Most cases of allergic
contact dermatitis
are caused by an ingredient called PPD. It usually causes allergic
reactions in people with sensitive skin.

Swollen Eyelids Symptoms after Hair Dye By PPD

You may find your scalp, neck, forehead, ears, and
eyelids irritated and infected by PPD from hair dye. If you are
allergic to hair dye, the symptoms may mild to serious. These
symptoms may happen immediately or may take up to 48 hours to
manifest. Hair dye symptoms to the eyes include:
  • Red eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Dry eyes
  • Burning or stinging sensation in eyes
Sometimes a hair dye allergy may cause
anaphylaxis and this
reaction can be fatal. This reaction is a medical emergency and
if you appear to be going into anaphylactic shock, call a
doctor or get emergency treatment. Symptoms of anaphylaxis may
  • Skin rashes
  • Stinging or burning
  • swelling of throat and tongue
  • Breathing fainting
  • Nausea and vomiting
The mild symptoms of hair dye can last for 10 to 15 days from the
day of application hair color. With the proper procedure, you will see
itchiness, rashes, allergies, and inflammation go away in 2 weeks.

Best Remedies for Allergic Reactions from Hair Dye

There is a number of remedies that you can try at home to treat your
symptoms. Try one of these methods:
  • If you have a mild reaction to the hair dye, rinse it off immediately
    with warm water and mild soap or mild shampoo.
  • Apply a solution of potassium permanganate to the affected area
    of the skin.
  • Use an over-the-counter topical corticosteroid skin cream for
    the symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis. The cream can be used on
    the skin externally but should not be used in the eye or mouth.
  • Apply topical corticosteroid shampoo such as clobex on your scalp after
    hair dye.
  • Apply hydrogen peroxide solution on the affected skin it helps
    to reduce irritation and blistering because it has an antiseptic
  • Take Benadryl antihistamine orally it removes skin
    inflammation and itching.
  • Use a natural type of hair dye such as henna.
If your symptoms do not treat and they get worse then call your doctor
immediately. You may be able to get relief from prescription medication
that is available in many forms including creams, eye drops, lotions, ear
drops, and pills.

Hair Dye Ingredients that usually Cause Allergic Reactions

Hair dyes containing PPD mostly cause allergic reactions. some hair
dry brand names use words natural or herbal on their boxes but they can be
deceiving. The only solution to know what’s really inside is to read
the ingredients label. Common terms to look out for include:
  • phenylenediamine
  • paraphenylenediamine
  • PPD
  • PPDA
  • p-diaminobenzene
  • p-phenylenediamine
  • 4-phenylenediamine
  • 4-aminoaniline
  • 1,4-diaminobenzene
  • 1,4-benzenediamine
You should avoid them if you are allergic to PPD or usually black and dark
brown hair colors contain high concenteration of PPD.
mmonia, resorcinol, and peroxide are the other ingredients that
can cause an allergic reaction after using hair dye.

Ruman Amjad

Hello, I am Dr. Ruman Amjad, an Ophthalmologist specializing in the field of eye care, particularly focused on helping individuals with swollen eyelids. I am thrilled to welcome you to, a comprehensive resource dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information on eyelid inflammation.


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