Hypoallergenic was first used in the cosmetics industry sometime in 1953. It means that the product is below allergenic or is less likely to cause an allergy or skin reactions because of the ingredients. In today’s market, the word hypoallergenic is almost always seen as a marketing campaign for cosmetics products. The consumers feel like they are a lot safer to use especially if they have sensitive skin. But there’s more to know about this preference.
Aside from a price that is above the regular products, hypoallergenic cosmetics do not guarantee a 100% solution to those who have very sensitive skin. Since the ingredients might be just the same except for making it fragrance-free, a patch test may still be required to double-check. Well, I find myself more comfortable with hypoallergenic products, and it might work for you too. You can save more in the long run though. Instead of ruining your skin by patronizing products that don’t work for your skin in the first place, just go for hypoallergenic ones.
A Quick Guide for You
- Always look for products with the right ingredients. Sometimes even if the product says it’s hypoallergenic, it may still contain substances that you are allergic to. Mostly skin reacts to fragrances and botanical ingredients which can still be an allergen to your skin.
- Stay away from isopropyl myristate and coconut oil if you are acne prone. Watch out for the name sodium laureth sulfate for it sometimes hide coconut oil in that name.
- If some products give you sting, avoid lactic acid, azelaic acid or benzyl alcohol and glycolic acid.
- If you normally have rashes after using certain products, use fragrance-free and without parabens and cetyl alcohol.
- Fragrance-free is different from unscented. The latter speaks for products with no scent but still has harmful chemicals in it. Fragrance-free on the other hand does not mean entirely hypoallergenic but it’s safer to use than the others.
- When you choose a product line, go with those that have short list of ingredients so you will have fewer ingredients your skin might react to.
- Do your patch tests behind your ear so if the skin reactions take place, it will not be visible.
- Test products one by one (not all at once) and collect all the ingredients so you should be aware on those that make your life harder. Then, do not ever meet them again.
- Hypoallergenic items do not contain allergens that will likely cause you skin infections. Well the definition of allergens would depend on the company that performs patch tests. The level of allergic or skin reactions vary. But a hypoallergenic product can help you avoid infections of acne.
- It minimizes the risk of causing you dark spots or blotches.
- Using hypoallergenic products is preferably helpful even if you do not have an allergy yet. Note that your skin changes over time. The sensitivity and skin problems sometimes arise depending on the weather and state of your skin as you age. So it’s like a shield just in case an irritation attacks.
- A dry skin can be an alert of skin sensitivity, so a hypoallergenic product can help make sure you are not at risk.
With this condition of our skin, we cannot trust every new product in the market that says they are safer to use. It may be true that a hypoallergenic product is safer, it may also be a marketing ploy. The bottom line is you should know which ingredients harm your skin. Whatever product that eliminates those harmful ingredients can be a perfect alternative for you, but never forget to patch test before buying (and loving) them completely.…