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TURMERIC: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

TURMERIC: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Turmeric — in its natural and organic state, not processed with allergens or processed into a flavor extract — is an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant…and is not a common allergen. Or at least, it hasn’t yet made it onto the published common allergen lists.

ALUMINUM CHLOROHYDRATE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

ALUMINUM CHLOROHYDRATE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
MONOLAURIN: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/MonolaurinPelletsInCoconut-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/monolaurin-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. Coconut-derived monolaurin is not on published lists of common allergens. Monolaurin is found in breastmilk (it helps protects infants from infection) and has several benefits for skin.
SALT: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Salt-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/salt-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. Salt is not on published lists of common allergens. But be wary of salt that has been bleached or processed, or that has additives that may be allergens. Raw, pure, organic rock salt from the ocean can even be a great skin scrub!
CITRIC ACID: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CitricAcid-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/citric-acid-allergen-not-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.
GLUTEN: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/GlutenBread-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/gluten-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. Food and skin allergies don’t always correlate (different cells are involved) and gluten is not a common skin allergen.
FEVERFEW: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/FeverfewChrysanthemum-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/feverfew-extract-allergen-not-allergen/ 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.
LAVENDER: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Lavender-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/lavender-allergen-not-allergen/ Allergen. A beautiful, gorgeous-smelling, and soothing herb used for centuries, lavender is on published common allergen lists.
RICE: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Rice-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/rice-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. Rice is not on published common allergen lists. But if you have sensitive skin or have patch tested positive to bleaches and preservatives, white rice should give you pause, as eating rice that contains or was exposed to these substances could result in skin problems around the mouth or elsewhere.
COCONUT JAM: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CoconutJam-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/coconut-jam-allergen-not-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.
PEANUT BUTTER: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PeanutButter-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/peanut-butter-allergen-not-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.
ALUMINUM CHLOROHYDRATE: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/AluminumChlorohydrate-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/aluminum-chlorohydrate-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. Allergic sensitivity to aluminum chlorohydrate is very rare, which is why it is not on published lists of common allergens.
COCONUT SUGAR: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CoconutSugar-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/coconut-sugar-allergen-not-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.
OATMEAL: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Oatmeal-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/oatmeal-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. Not on published allergen lists, oatmeal is a traditionally popular ingredient to help manage atopic and contact dermatitis and other skin problems.
COBALT: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cobalt-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/cobalt-allergen-not-allergen/ Allergen. A strong, common allergen, cobalt is a naturally-occurring metal, frequently found with nickel, and was Allergen of the Year in 2016.
VITAMIN E: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/VitaminE-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/vitamin-e-allergen-not-allergen/ Allergen. Found naturally in avocados and green, leafy vegetables, vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant. Topically, however, vitamin E is a common allergen.
SILICONE: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Silicone-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/silicone-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. Silicones are not on published allergen lists and are normally well tolerated in multiple uses, from creams and makeup, to contact lenses.
CARMINE: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CarmineWgummiesetc-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/carmine-allergen-not-allergen/ Allergen. It’s a gorgeous color, and used to be a less-allergenic option for pigmenting cosmetics, but carmine has finally made it to the latest published allergen lists.
BENZOPHENONES: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Benzophenone-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/benzophenones-allergen-not-allergen/ Allergen. 2014’s Allergen Of The Year, benzophenones are popular in several products because of their UV-absorbing properties.
MOSS: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Moss-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/moss-allergen-not-allergen/ Allergen. That soothing color and deep scent is magical on walks in the woods, but moss (oak and tree, for example) is part of Fragrance Mix I, a common presence in published allergen lists.
HONEY, BEESWAX, PROPOLIS: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Honey-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/honey-beeswax-propolis-allergen-not-allergen/ 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.
CANVAS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?CANVAS: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Canvas-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/canvas-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. Strictly speaking, canvas is not an allergen. However, as anyone with clothing contact dermatitis will tell you, it’s not that simple either.
CHILI (CAPSICUM): Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Chilis-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/chili-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. Chili (capsicum) is an irritant but not an allergen (not on published allergen lists). As an irritant, the amount of capsicum in a product, and how long the product stays on the skin, contribute to how irritating the formulation might be.
SNAIL EXTRACT (MUCUS): Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SnailSlime-AllergenNotAnAllergen-9Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/snail-mucus-allergen-not-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.
LIDOCAINE: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Lidocaine-AllergenNotAnAllergen-6Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/lidocaine-allergen-not-allergen/ Allergen. Lidocaine is sometimes used to relieve itching and sunburn but it is on published allergen lists.
“SULFATES”: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Sulfates-Diego-AllergenNotAnAllergen-ATA-4Apr2017-wFrame-20170404-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/sulfates-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. “Sulfates” is a pretty broad term that has gotten a lot of bad press. While some of these bubble-producers are proven irritants, they are not on published allergen lists.
THIURAM: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Thiuram-AllergenNotAnAllergen2017-wFrame-LVB-1April2017-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/thiuram-allergen-not-allergen/ 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.
BACITRACIN: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Bacitracin-AllergenNotAnAllergen2017-LVB-wframe-1April2017-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/bacitracin-allergen-not-allergen/ Allergen. Much as you don’t want to pour gasoline on a fire, you don’t want your wound care to give you a new skin problem! This popular topical antibiotic is an allergen.
TALC: Allergen or Not An Allergen? http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Talc-AllergenNotAnAllergen2017-LVB-wframe-1April2017-555x555.jpg http://inskin.vmvhypoallergenics.com/talc-allergen-not-allergen/ Not An Allergen. While there is some buzz around talc, talc is not on published allergen lists.
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.
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.
VIRGIN COCONUT OIL: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

VIRGIN COCONUT OIL: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
While there have been some reports of reactions to RBD (refined, bleached, deodorized) coconut oils, there are no reported reactions to virgin coconut oil. The coconut itself is a drupe, not a nut.

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.
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.

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.

CARMINE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

CARMINE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
It’s a gorgeous color, and used to be a less-allergenic option for pigmenting cosmetics, but carmine has finally made it to the latest published allergen lists.
RICE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

RICE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Rice is not on published common allergen lists. But if you have sensitive skin or have patch tested positive to bleaches and preservatives, white rice should give you pause, as eating rice that contains or was exposed to these substances could result in skin problems around the mouth or elsewhere.
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