New Study Found 83% of Hypoallergenic Moisturizers Contained Allergens
If you value your skin, you’re probably pretty picky about what you put on it. So products that claim to be “hypoallergenic,” “fragrance-free” and “dermatologist recommended” probably sound very appealing. These types of claims tend to come with a higher price tag. But are you really getting what you pay for?
A team of researchers analyzed data on the top 100 best-selling moisturizing products from Amazon, Target and Walmart, and they found that many of these claims actually may be inaccurate.
Beware of “Fragrance Free” and “Hypoallergenic” Claims
The study, published in JAMA Dermatology, discovered that nearly half of the products that were labeled “fragrance-free” contained at least one fragrance cross-reactor or botanical ingredient. And shockingly, 83% of products labeled “hypoallergenic” contained potentially allergenic chemicals.
And when the researchers looked into those that were “dermatologist-recommended,” it didn’t appear to mean much. “It could be three dermatologists recommending it or 1,000” noted co-author Shaui Xu.
This is disturbing news in and of itself…even more so for those who suffer skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis that make it absolutely necessary to use safe, non-irritating skin products.
Some of the ingredients the team looked for included fragrance mixes, parabens and tocopherol, which are considered allergens by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group (NACDG).
Unfortunately, only 12% of the best-selling moisturizers were free of NACDG allergens.
Choosing an Allergen-Free Moisturizer
While only a small number of moisturizers were allergen-free, the analysis did reveal several on the market that are free of typical skin allergens. These include:
- Ivory raw unrefined shea butter
- Smellgood African shea butter
- White petroleum jelly
- Certain coconut oils that are cold-pressed and not refined
- Vanicream’s hypoallergenic products
- Aveeno Eczema Therapy moisturizing cream
If you’re concerned about what’s in your moisturizer, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website here. They track the ingredients in over 70,000 skin care products, including creams and moisturizers, to identify potentially harmful ingredients.
Mislabeled moisturizers create problems for skin disorder sufferers. News Article. Northwestern University. Sept 2017.
Xu S, et al. Consumer Preferences, Product Characteristics, and Potentially Allergenic Ingredients in Best-Selling Moisturizers. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Sep 6.
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