Hypoallergenic May Not Mean Allergen-friendlyMay 19, 2021 ● By Tiffany Hinton, GF Mom Certified
Allergic reactions to
makeup and skincare items are more common than understood, as reactions can be
mild like itchy, watery eyes, red patches and increased acne. Even more
concerning, allergy sufferers may continue to see reactions after switching to
hypoallergenic makeup brands.
Skincare brands like Texas-based
Red Apple Lipstick hope to change the
industries perspective on allergen-friendly skincare by creating a product line
of specially formulated, gluten-free, allergen-friendly,
non-irritating, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free products for those who
suffer from chronic chapped lips caused by autoimmune conditions such as Celiac
disease, Sjögren’s Syndrome, and Hashimoto’s disease.
options are important, and are different from "hypoallergenic" makeup
brands. Unfortunately, the term hypoallergenic is not a regulated label in the
cosmetics industry. If you see "hypoallergenic” on makeup or a skin care
label, it means that the manufacturer claims its product causes fewer allergic
reactions than other ones they carry, or less reactions than competitors'.
Having a hypoallergenic label does not necessarily mean it is allergy-proof or
gentler for your skin. Many times as well, that label refers to synthetic
chemical allergens such as parabens, sulfites and heavy metals, and rarely
refers to other types of "natural allergens" like wheat, corn and
soy. For example, many skin products contain vitamin E oil, which is mainly
made from wheat in manufacturing. You may also notice increased use of
ingredients like oatmeal, which is not always a gluten-free oatmeal. These
types of additives contribute to why some items carry a gluten-free label and
some do not.
For some with topical reactions
to their allergies, small amounts of wheat-derived products is enough to
inflame the lips and or skin. These ingredients are also a concern for allergy
sufferers like those with Celiac disease, as the skincare we use likely ends up
in our mouth and digestive tract when we lick our lips, drink out of a cup or
bottle, and as we eat snacks with our hands. A simple day at the pool could
cause an allergic reaction as we accidentally ingest small amounts of our
sunscreen, lotion or other skin care products.
Those with allergies no
longer need to suffer through itchy, puffy lips and skin reactions. High-quality
product lines with allergies and inflammation in mind like Red Apple Lipstick can help make your self-care routine healthier
and safer for your body.
Explore allergen friendly makeup and skincare items by visiting Red Apple Lipstick at bit.ly/glutenfreeredapplelipstick.