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NICKEL (the metal): Allergen or Not An Allergen?

NICKEL (the metal): Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Not just an allergen or a top allergen nickel is frequently the number one most common allergen on published allergen lists.

RUBBER IN GOGGLES: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

RUBBER IN GOGGLES: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Rubber is one of the top allergens and can also cause problems in rubberized plastics. It can cause rashes, peeling, itching but also hyper- and hypopigmentations.

CORTICOSTEROIDS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

CORTICOSTEROIDS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
In what is a particularly cruel irony, many of the steroids used to calm extreme itching and inflammation may cause them. Corticosteroids were the American Contact Dermatitis Society‘s “allergen of the year” in 2005.
GOLD: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

GOLD: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Many metals are common allergens, and gold is no exception.
BAKING SODA: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

BAKING SODA: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Baking soda is another classic favorite of many dermatologists for its versatility and non-allergenicity. 
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.
MINT: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

MINT: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Mint, even when fresh and organic, is on the common allergens lists. But just because it’s a common allergen doesn’t mean you’re allergic to it.

YLANG-YLANG, GERANIUM: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

YLANG-YLANG, GERANIUM: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Both Ylang-Ylang and Geranium are on the published lists of the most common allergens. Many essential and aromatherapy oils contain natural ingredients that may smell and feel wonderful but are top allergens.

BENZYL ALCOHOL: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

BENZYL ALCOHOL: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
This sneaky ingredient is related to fragrance but can be found in more than a few “unscented” and “hypoallergenic” soaps, shampoos, cleansers and more.
NEOMYCIN: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

NEOMYCIN: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Neomycin was the American Contact Dermatitis Society‘s “allergen of the year” in 2010.
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