Monday, November 16, 2009

Mythbuster Monday

MYTH: Hypoallergenic products are safe for all skin types.

Since there is no legal standard for the word "hypoallergenic," any cosmetic company can get away with using the word on their label, no matter what ingredients it contains. The term is commonly used to point out that the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than other products, but even this non-definition leaves room for ingredients like perfume or other chemicals that can irritate skin, warn dermatoligists. The same goes for 'non-allergenic,' another non-regulated word. This means 'no tendency' to cause allergic reaction, a fairly nebulous description. Most dermatologists recommend avoiding common irritants like fragrances, alcohols, high-strength acids and lanolin for sensitive skin types.