There is no regulation, FDA or otherwise, on what makes a specific product "hypoallergenic." Basically, any company can claim any product with any combination of ingredients is hypoallergenic. In short, the use of the word means nothing. The only true way to know if a product is likely to produce an allergic reaction is to know what the formula's ingredients are, and whether you're allergic to something in it.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Beauty Buzz Word: Hypoallergenic
Hypoallergenic is a word that's been floating around the beauty scene for decades; it's meant to impart a feeling of confidence to the consumer. The word origin, from the Greek hypo- meaning "under" or "below normal" and allergenic meaning "having the effect of an allergen" would imply that something that is hypoallergenic is less likely to produce an allergic reaction. The problem is, hypoallergenic is actually just a marketing term.