Wednesday, May 12, 2010

“Hypoallergenic” - What does it mean?

So after working with clients with Lupus yesterday I’m wondering about “Hypoallergenic” makeup and what that means. I looked it up on WebMD and here is some of what I learned:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) counsels that consumers should realize that no federal standards or regulations exist governing the use of the term "hypoallergenic." In other words, the decision as to whether or not a cosmetic may be labeled as "hypoallergenic" lies solely with the manufacturer.

The FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors Fact Sheet notes that the ingredients used to make all cosmetic products are basically the same throughout the industry. Decades ago, harsh ingredients were sometimes used that indeed caused adverse reactions in some users, but these ingredients are no longer used in the cosmetic manufacturing process.

It's important to understand that it is impossible to guarantee that a cosmetic or skin care product will never produce an allergic reaction. Since the FDA does require that cosmetic ingredients be listed on product labels, consumers who have had allergic reactions or problems with a specific substance can avoid purchasing products that contain these substances.

Bottom line is we need to test our products and be responsible to know what we might have an adverse reaction to. I’m going to do some research on common ingredients that often cause reactions so you can have a list to investigate.

BTW. Back in 1975 The FDA did try to regulate the term hypoallergenic but there was a court decision overturning that.

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