PICKLES: Allergen or Not An Allergen?
Not An Allergen.
Not a skin allergen (for food allergies, ask an allergist for a scratch test), and a great source of probiotics, pickles are wonderful additions to your diet. BUT, there are four things to watch out for. First, be wary of pickles with preservatives like parabens, which are top allergens. Pickles, strictly speaking, don’t need preservatives, but some brands may add them for a longer shelf life. Second, while some recent studies are showing that vinegar may be beneficial to skin, it can be an irritant. Third, if the pickles are prepared in saltwater brine, there may be a concern of adverse reactions for some people. While pure salt is not an allergen, if you have acne, rashes, darkening, or dryness around the mouth, or on the chin or jawline (or have chronically dry, flaking lips), you may have halogen sensitivity. If you are sensitive to halogens, it’s best to cut down on salt and iodides in general in your foods, but also in vitamins, skin products, and drinks. Check out this handy halogen-free diet, and learn more about peri-oral dermatitis here. Finally, to be clear, we’re referring to classic pickles here, made from cucumbers. Pickled anything else (say, mango) could be an entirely different story.
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.
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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.
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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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