One of the biggest problems with skincare is that it can contain allergens. Whether it’s an ingredient or the packaging, some people are allergic to almost everything. This can be a huge problem for people who are looking for natural products that won’t irritate their skin.
But what exactly is an allergen, and how do you know if your skincare contains them?
What is an Allergen?
An allergen is something that causes an immune reaction in your body. It’s often a protein molecule that stimulates an overreaction by your body’s immune system. The most common form of these reactions are allergic reactions such as hay fever and eczema, although they can also be caused by medications and certain foods like nuts and soybeans.
Some common ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction include:
Aloe vera: This plant contains saponins that can cause contact dermatitis in some people
Avocado oil: This oil is often used in lotions and soaps because it’s gentle on the skin. But some people may be allergic to it
Chamomile extract: Chamomile is commonly used in shampoo and conditioner because it’s mild and soothing for dry scalp or irritated scalps. However, some people may have an allergic reaction to chamomile.
How Do You Know If Your Skincare Contains Allergens?
There are two ways you can tell if your skincare contains allergens: reading the ingredients list or by checking the packing label for any warning symbols. You should also always check with your doctor before using any new product on your skin just in case there might be any unknown allergies lurking within it!
Although many people believe that all natural products are free of allergens, this isn’t the case. Natural products can still contain allergens, but there are some steps you can take to limit exposure to these potential irritants:
Read the ingredients list on each product before purchasing it. Look for any ingredients that might be known allergens or irritants and make sure they won’t cause a reaction with your skin. If you see something unfamiliar on the list, ask a staff member at the store where you shop for more information before buying it.
Avoid using products made with nut oils if you are allergic to nuts or if you have a family history of nut allergies. These oils may be listed as almond oil or avocado oil, among others. Some people who aren’t allergic may still experience irritation from these oils because they’re very thick and difficult for some skin types.