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07th May 2016

Woman shares Facebook post after suffering alarming allergic reaction to lipstick

This is crazy.

This looks extremely painful.

Lily Cleopatra Maurice took to Facebook this week to share photos of an allergic reaction she experienced after using a lipstick from the CoverGirl range.

Lily spoke of how her lips swelled up and that she was forced to go to hospital to seek treatment.

However, a number of cosmetic experts spoke to Refinery 29 and said that there aren’t any red-flag ingredients present in the product.

Cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, a specialist in product formulation said:

“There is nothing in the ingredient list that jumps out as an unusual ingredient for a lipstick”.

Dr. Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist based in New York, thinks Lily’s reaction may be due to a condition called angioedema, which can happen “after exposure to certain ingredients”.

It presents as “severe lower-lip swelling” and sometimes people experience difficulties breathing.

The expert says that causes of the condition vary and she advises people to be careful when trying new beauty products.

A Cover Girl spokesperson said:

“As soon as we learned of this women’s experience, which would certainly not be expected from lipstick use, we reached out to her to learn more about what happened and see how we could help.

“We are glad to hear she is okay and are awaiting her response. At CoverGirl, the safety of people who use our brand is our top priority. We conduct extensive testing on all of our products to ensure they’re safe and effective.”

Images via Facebook: Lily Cleopatra Maurice