Category: Skin Irritants

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How to Minimize the Effects of Aging Skin

Everyone wants healthy, smooth, young looking skin. Good skin care at an early age helps promote healthy skin as an adult and can have long-term effects as we age. Some skin changes are due to the aging process or hormones. Skin becomes thinner and drier, loses elasticity, becomes more fragile, and wrinkles and age spots

Avoiding Common Chemical Irritants

In today’s competitive market, manufacturers strive to create unique, “must have” products to solve skin and hair care needs. But with so many choices, finding the product that is right for you can be overwhelming. For those with sensitive skin, it can be even more difficult. Common chemical irritants, including dyes, preservatives, fragrances, masking fragrances,

What You Need to Know About Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac

These plants are not actually poisonous. The oil they contain, called urushiol, causes allergic contact dermatitis (itchy, blistery rash) with only the slightest contact with human skin. For this purpose, and to keep it simple, we will refer to the plants themselves as poisonous. Identification If you can identify a poisonous plant, it is much

Avoiding Fragrance in Skin Care

In many personal care products, fragrance is added to impart a pleasant smell or to cover up offensive odors that may naturally occur in that product. Consumers typically prefer to use products with a pleasant aroma. However, if you have a fragrance allergy or experience contact dermatitis, it is important to avoid fragranced products. Formulating

Is Your Active Lifestyle Rubbing You the Wrong Way?

Many active lifestyle activities involve repetitive motion, which can cause skin chafing. If you are a runner, you have probably experienced chafing where your skin is rubbed raw from repetitive friction of skin to fabric or skin to skin. It is uncomfortable, even painful, and can affect nipples, inner legs, thighs, arm pits, ankles, feet,

Formaldehyde Releasers. What are they?

What is a Formaldehyde Releaser? A formaldehyde-releaser is a chemical compound that slowly releases formaldehyde as it decomposes in a product formulation. Formaldehyde-releasers are used as an antimicrobial/antifungal preservative in cosmetics and hair care products. Like formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are also known allergens and sensitizers. The seven most commonly used formaldehyde-releasers to avoid are: DMDM

“Hypoallergenic” Skin Care Products: A call for Regulation

If you’re searching for hypoallergenic skin care products then you’re likely to have run across some excessive, exaggerated, and misleading claims. Why? The term “Hypoallergenic” implies that a product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, but there is no scientific evidence to back up the claim. It’s not even regulated by the Food

Fragrance Allergy in Cosmetics and Skin Care Products

It is now estimated that there are over 5,000 fragrances being used today. As a result, exposures to fragrances are on the rise. Many dermatologists believe this is causing an increase in fragrance allergy. Frequency of sensitization to fragrance allergens is now seen in 1-4% of the general population, and 8-15% of contact dermatitis patients.