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BRASS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

BRASS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
If it also contains nickel or other allergen-metals, that’s a different story, but unlike many metals, brass, in its original form (with copper, zinc, sometimes tin) is not (currently) on the published list of the most common allergens.
ROSE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

ROSE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
No matter how organic, many flowers (such as roses) and their fragrant oils are allergens.

CHILI (CAPSICUM): Allergen or Not An Allergen?

CHILI (CAPSICUM): Allergen or Not An Allergen?

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.
MANGO: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

MANGO: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Mango, even when completely natural, fresh and organic, is a common allergen.
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.
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.
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.
PETROLATUM/PETROLEUM JELLY: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

PETROLATUM/PETROLEUM JELLY: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
While some people prefer not to use petroleum jelly for environmental reasons, it is very safe on the skin and a standard among dermatologists.

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.
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.
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