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HONEY, BEESWAX, PROPOLIS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

HONEY, BEESWAX, PROPOLIS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Who doesn’t love honey? Honey — in particular raw, wild honey — is such a great treat. But honey, beeswax, propolis (related ingredients) are in published allergen lists.
SNAIL EXTRACT (MUCUS): Allergen or Not An Allergen?

SNAIL EXTRACT (MUCUS): Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
As of the latest publications, snail secretion filtrate (also known as snail juice or snail mucus or snail slime) is not on common allergen lists.
EUCALYPTUS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

EUCALYPTUS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Eucalyptus is an allergen, even when completely natural, fresh and organic. If you’re not allergic, it’s wonderful.
ZINC OXIDE/TITANIUM DIOXIDE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

ZINC OXIDE/TITANIUM DIOXIDE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Excellent sunscreens, neither zinc oxide nor titanium dioxide are on published allergen lists. Also called “mineral,” “physical” or “inorganic” sunscreen actives, both are also frequently recommended as safer alternatives for people sensitive to organic (chemical) sunscreens.
THIURAM: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

THIURAM: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
What do onions, erasers, condoms, garden hoses, makeup sponges, balloons, sneakers and swimsuits have in common? Many contain thiuram or thiuram mix, or residue from thiuram sprayed on them.
CITRIC ACID: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

CITRIC ACID: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Citric acid is so popular in cosmetics partly because it is widely considered to be stable and non-allergenic — it is not on published lists of common allergens. Also, contact dermatitis literature (at the time of this writing) shows no documented cases of allergy to citric acid.
ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
This is a little tricky but let’s break it down: isopropyl alcohol is an irritant, it can be drying, but it is not an allergen.
VITAMIN E: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

VITAMIN E: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Found naturally in avocados and green, leafy vegetables, vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant. Topically, however, vitamin E is a common allergen.
COCONUT JAM: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

COCONUT JAM: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
The relatively healthier spread coconut jam is not a published common allergen. To make sure you lower the risk of a skin reaction around the mouth or elsewhere, choose pure coconut jam with only coconut sugar and coconut oil or coconut milk as the ingredients.
BLUE JEANS: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

BLUE JEANS: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Blue jeans are a surprisingly common cause of contact dermatitis…and worse! The allergen are the indigo dye itself as well as the “mordants” used to help the colorant bind to the fabric.
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