COTTON (Unbleached, Unpreserved, Un-dyed, Untreated): Allergen or Not An Allergen?
Not An Allergen.
100% Raw, Untreated, Organic Cotton
But let’s be clear: we’re talking organic, untreated cotton, from start to finish.
While colored clothing is often a “red” flag (pun fully intended) because of the likely presence of dyes (which are both allergens and photo-allergens), even plain cotton fabric can be allergenic. White cotton is bleached, and several bleaches are published allergens. Resins, particularly formaldehyde resins, are also common allergens and are frequently used in cotton to help the fabric keep its size and shape. The source of the cotton matters, too. Many pesticides are allergens and cotton sourced from farms that use pesticides can transfer these chemicals onto the skin, resulting in contact irritations and allergies.
If you are highly allergic to several substances used in clothing, explore brands like Cottonique that ensure organic cotton, and omit allergens in all their clothing, from sourcing to sewing.
If you have a history of sensitive skin, don’t guess: random trial and error can cause more damage. Ask your dermatologist about a patch test.
To shop our selection of hypoallergenic products, visit vmvhypoallergenics.com. Need help? Ask us in the comments section below, or for more privacy (such as when asking us to customize recommendations for you based on your patch test results) contact us by email, or drop us a private message on Facebook.
On the prevalence of skin allergies, see Skin Allergies Are More Common Than Ever and One In Four Is Allergic to Common Skin Care And Cosmetic Ingredients.
To learn more about the VH-Rating System and hypoallergenicity, click here.
Regularly published reports on the most common allergens by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group and European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies (based on over 28,000 patch test results, combined), plus other studies. Remember, we are all individuals — just because an ingredient is not on the most common allergen lists does not mean you cannot be sensitive to it, or that it will not become an allergen. These references, being based on so many patch test results, are a good basis but it is always best to get a patch test yourself.
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