Are “Hypoallergenic” products really allergy free?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that there is no federal standards or regulations to govern the use of the term “hypoallergenic”. This term may be applied without any proof that the product causes fewer allergic reactions than others. The manufacturers themselves are responsible for carrying out any tests they feel are necessary for their packaging and advertising.
This statement would lead us to believe that “Hypoallergenic” on the label is just a marketing tool and has very little meaning. The FDA also does not require that all cosmetic ingredients be listed on product labels. So consumers have no way of avoiding certain chemicals they know they have an allergic reaction to. I have tried calling the consumer 800 numbers for products and still have not been able to get the true ingredients.
On the other hand, I have always had better luck with products marked “hypoallergenic” than the ones that are not marked this way. Just eliminating the heavy perfumes helps my allergies to a certain extent. Read more details at Allergy Comfort Zone
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