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Are products labeled “hypoallergenic” safe to use on sensitive skin?

By Anonymous July 7, 2014 - 6:06pm
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Got a skin reaction from product that was labeled “hypoallergenic.” Are there any federal guidlines with this label?

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Hi Anon

Great question! 

There are no rules or regulations for labeling something as "hyper allergenic" . In fact, I have worn earrings with this label and had to take them off within 30 minutes such was my irritation! 

What is means, in essence, is that the manufacturer uses products that tend to produce less allergens in people than others. That's it, in a nutshell, really. 

So if you do have sensitive skin, use a patch test on any product to see if it affects you. Place a little on the back of your hand and give it a couple of hours to see if you have a reaction. This will be your best bet - don't depend on that word for an assurance that you will be fine. 

Read all about skin allergies here: 


I hope this helps you! 


July 8, 2014 - 10:14am
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