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TEA TREE OIL: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

TEA TREE OIL: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Tea Tree Oil has some wonderful properties, but it is on the published lists of most common allergens.

GLUTEN: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

GLUTEN: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Food and skin allergies don’t always correlate (different cells are involved) and gluten is not a common skin allergen.

PEANUT BUTTER: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

PEANUT BUTTER: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Peanuts, and therefore peanut butter, might be a relatively common food allergen — and a dangerous one — but the correlation between food and skin allergies is not so clear cut.
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.
BENZOPHENONES: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

BENZOPHENONES: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
2014’s Allergen Of The Year, benzophenones are popular in several products because of their UV-absorbing properties.
COCONUT SUGAR: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

COCONUT SUGAR: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Used as a sweetener for thousands of years, coconut sugar (from a coconut’s flower buds) is not on published allergen lists.
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.
COBALT: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

COBALT: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
A strong, common allergen, cobalt is a naturally-occurring metal, frequently found with nickel, and was Allergen of the Year in 2016.
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.
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