Hypoallergenic or Natural?

Marcie Mom from EczemaBlues.com interviews Laura, CEO of VMV Hypoallergenics, to find out more about product claims and why they’re important when choosing your skin care…particularly if you or your child have eczema. NATURAL = HYPOALLERGENIC? Q: I don’t use products labelled ‘natural’ for my baby because my husband who has eczema finds that natural products sting his skin. I understand that natural ingredients …

Allergy to Fragrance: Understanding Fragrance Additives and Choosing Products

by Rajani Katta, M.D. What do you think of when you hear the word “fragrance”? Many of us think about perfume or cologne. If you’re allergic to fragrance, though, it doesn’t stop there. If you’re allergic to fragrance, you should definitely avoid perfumes. But fragrance is found in MANY other products. In fact, the vast majority of personal …

Are Natural Ingredients Really Good For Sensitive Skin?

Yes and no. Yes because natural (or really, organic, which is a regulated term) means less processing. Less processing means less contaminants (like specific chemicals used in growing, storage, or extraction), additives (like flavors, colors, fragrance, or preservatives), or alterations (like bleaching or heating). Because many contaminants, additives, and alterations are common allergens, organic can mean less …

LAVENDER: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

LAVENDER: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen. Lavender A beautiful, gorgeous-smelling, and soothing herb used for centuries, lavender is on published common allergen lists. Eating lavender does not seem to be an issue, but lavender in topically-applied products such as creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, essential oils and the like should be avoided if you have a history of sensitive skin, or if you …

Choose Hypoallergenic Over Natural: 30-Day Healthy Skin Challenge

Some things in nature can hurt you. Natural ingredients could be causing or worsening your acne, sensitive skin, psoriasis, eczema, or hyperpigmentations. While natural is WONDERFUL — eating natural, less processed foods so important for your health and using skin care with more natural, less processed ingredients can also be good (chemicals used in processing …

What Sensitive Skin Should Avoid: Can You Spot The Allergen In This Picture?

What Sensitive Skin Should Avoid: Can You Spot The Allergen In This Picture?

Got sensitive skin? What in this picture should you be wary of? If you guessed the chemicals on the piece of paper on the left, you’d be wrong. Everything in the photo above is a common allergen: The chemicals on the paper on the left (more on these below); The organic sprigs of lavender (top right); Mint (bottom right); Tree …

Is Natural Hypoallergenic? The Answer May Surprise You (But Shouldn't)

Is Natural Hypoallergenic? The short answer is: no. And that really shouldn’t be surprising. Think of how many allergy medication commercials you see when it’s pollen season. But does this mean natural is bad? Absolutely not! Eating natural, less processed foods is a must for your health. Using skin care with more natural, less processed …