A new study from Northwestern University revealing that moisturizers that claim to be free of fragrance and allergy-causing additives … are NOT.
The study examined the ingredients of the top 100 best-selling moisturizers sold by Amazon, Target and Walmart.
*Nearly half (45%) of the products in the study that claimed to be “fragrance-free” actually contained some form of fragrance.
*And the vast majority (83%) of products labeled “hypoallergenic” contained a potentially allergenic chemical.
Bottom line: The vast majority of moisturizers that are best-sellers “have some form of potential skin allergen”.
FYI: When a product is labeled “dermatologist-recommended” it doesn’t mean much because there’s no way of knowing how many dermatologists are recommending it, or who they are. The FDA considers moisturizers cosmetic and barely regulates them. There are some labeling requirements, but they can be easily avoided by companies that claim the ingredients are “trade secrets,”
SOURCE: Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine NPR: https://goo.gl/MB7D5d
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