Are hypoallergenic cosmetics really hypoallergenic? Many people are mislead by the hypoallergenic label. In actually hypoallergenic merely means that a product may be less likely to cause allergic reactions, it in no way means it won't cause allergic reactions.
According to WebMD, the FDA doesn't actually have guidelines or regulations connected to a companies use of the term hypoallergenic. What does this mean for you? This basically equates to more research on your part. Read your labels and understand your ingredients. Furthermore it wouldn't hurt to understand what the cause of your skin reactions stem from.
As a general rule, it's usually safe to say that most skin reactions come from harsh chemicals or in some cases actual allergic reactions to natural bases. For example there's an entire skin care product line called Merlot which is derived from grapeseed extract, someone allergic to grapeseed extract or for that matter any grape products may inadvertently have a allergic reaction through seemingly harmless natural products. It is however important to note that even though Merlot products are derived from grapeseed polyphenols it still has chemical ingredients that can cause harsh skin reactions. In Merlot's benefit they promote moisturizing benefits and haven't bothered to falsely join the hypoallergenic hype.
To make sure that you're always on the safe side, make sure to read and understand your labels. Be a smart and educated consumer, this will help to ensure that you stay one step ahead of false marketing statements. Always remember the only smart consumer is the educated consumer.