Hypoallergenic Isn’t Really A Thing


It’s a simple, common claim made on many personal care products: hypoallergenic. But what does that actually mean? Not much, explains Sophia Cai in episode 16 of Speaking of Chemistry. Turns out, hypoallergenic can mean whatever the manufacturer wants it to mean—and that means you might be left feeling itchy.

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Medical Professionals Call For Regulation Of Claims That Cosmetics Are Hypoallergenic
Volume 92 Issue 50 | pp. 22-23
Issue Date: December 15, 2014

FDA: “Hypoallergenic” Cosmetics
Web Date: October 18, 2000 (Page Last Updated: March 23, 2014)

Is there a risk using hypoallergenic cosmetic pediatric products in the United States?
Web Date: November 07, 2014

What Does ‘Hypoallergenic’ Mean?
Web Date: November 18, 2014

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