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ELASTICS IN UNDERWEAR/SOCKS/CLOTHING: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

ELASTICS IN UNDERWEAR/SOCKS/CLOTHING: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Clothing contact dermatitis can occur due to several allergens, including dyes and mordants (chemicals related to metals that are present in some fabrics to help colorants bind better)…and elastics.

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.
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.

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.
LANOLIN: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

LANOLIN: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Far from being drying, lanolin is a common base in ointments, can be soothing and is frequently used effectively for moist wound healing…but it is lanolin a common allergen. Again, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t use it.
GREEN TEA: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

GREEN TEA: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
No literature reports green tea reactions.
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.
FEVERFEW: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

FEVERFEW: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
While a favorite ingredient of natural skincare buffs because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium) is on published lists of common allergens as part of the Compositae (Asteraceae) group.
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.
FRESH COFFEE: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

FRESH COFFEE: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Avoid instant coffees (“just add water”) as some do contain allergens. Fresh, and as an ingredient in skin care, coffee is a great source of antioxidants and is not on common allergen lists.
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