Hypoallergenic Skin Care
Dermatologist's hypoallergenic skin care products to prevent allergic skin reactions.
An allergic skin reaction to a product ingredient will create a lifelong allergy. Most modern skin care is NOT hypoallergenic and you are taking a complicated risk. Fragrance and preservatives in skin care products are the most common allergens. Even some of the yummy botanical ingredients in natural skin care are potent allergens too.
Truly hypoallergic products should be fragrance-free (or made with low-allergen and low concentration natural fragrance), and contain preservatives with low allergen potential.
Allergens in skin care products pass even more readily through sensitive and thin skin. Sensitive skin occurs with conditions such as rosacea, eczema and other rashes. Exfoliated skin is sensitive and so is the skin of children.
Consumers often expect hypoallergenic products to also be non-irritating, but allergic reactions and irritation are very different. Irritation does not lead to life long skin allergy though it can cause an itchy red rash that feels a lot like an allergic reaction. It’s confusing - but important - because some of our best anti-aging and acne care ingredients are hypoallergenic but potentially irritating, such as glycolic acid, retinol, vitamin C.
As a dermatologist, I know how important it is to prevent a lifelong skin allergy. There is no regulated definition for the term 'hypoallergenic' so you need a dermatologist’s understanding to figure out what is truly hypoallergenic and what isn’t! Almost all of my skin care products here at Dr. Bailey Skin Care are hypoallergenic by dermatologists’ criteria. We don’t need the allergens to get results! It's what I've recommended to my patients for over 35 years and I recommend it to you and your family.