Jan 12, 2024

Natural skin care products can contain allergens

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There are many different skin care products on the market these days, with some focusing on being "all natural." While all-natural sounds better for your skin, could these products be prone to give you an allergic reaction?

Buzzwords like organic or all-natural make you think you're doing something good for your body, but a study found many natural skin care products can contain allergens.

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According to the study, researchers analyzed more than 1600 so-called natural personal care products and found most of them contained ingredients that can cause allergic contact dermatitis.

"Contact dermatitis is a really common issue for people, and they develop an itchy rash, Dr. Hong said. It can be scaly, dry, sometimes blistery, that occurs when we come in contact with something our skin is allergic to."

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"Many natural products are in the fact that many natural products have well-known irritants or allergens in them, specifically natural oils," Dr. Taylor said.

When it comes to skincare products, Dr. Taylor said the FDA does not approve them before they hit the shelves. She said the best thing to do is look at the ingredients.

"We don't want any natural or synthetically added dyes. Our skin doesn't like fragrance or color," Dr. Taylor said.

Dr. Taylor said to look for the least ingredients possible, and if you really want something that's so-called natural, you can ask your dermatologist before using it.

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