Monday, March 06, 2017
Skin products may mislead
Some language is strictly guff--for marketing, selling the dream as it were (silky, anti-aging). Other words may mean different things on different products. This according to Rajani Katta, MD, clinical asst professor at Baylor College of Medicine.
Example: "For sensitive skin" and "hypoallergenic" are terms not regulated by the FDA. There is no guarantee these products won't irritate your skin.
Also--be wary of "all natural." Remember--Katta says--poison ivy is "all natural." These products can also have harmful preservatives.
Other products may say "frangrance free," but there is fragrance--it's to make it more moist, rather than to add a scent, but it's there.
To protect your own skin--try a test site--say, a small amount on your forearm before slathering it all over you.
If you already have skin inflammation--nix the new products--your skin's protective barrier is already compromised.
And--bear in mind that allergic reactions can take a couple of days to show up. By then, you may not even know what caused the rash.
Above all--price is no guarantee of purity, gentleness, or effectiveness...this is from me. Some of that department store stuff can cost a fortune and still make you break out or turn red.