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WHITE COTTON TOWEL: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

WHITE COTTON TOWEL: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
While rough textures can irritate skin, pure, un-dyed or white cotton is not an allergen.

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.

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.
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.
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.
MONOLAURIN: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

MONOLAURIN: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

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.
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.
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.

OATMEAL: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

OATMEAL: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

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.
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.
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