Not An Allergen.
Virgin Olive Oil
Virgin olive oil — with minimum processing and no additives — is not a common allergen and can be a good emollient or moisturizer. Recent studies, however, are showing that it is a penetration enhancer, helping ingredients go deeper into the skin. While that might sound like a good thing, the risk of allergies actually increases with better penetration. This is why a golden rule of hypoallergenic formulations is to use ingredients with larger molecules that are less likely to penetrate the skin. So if you’re going to be adding olive oil to your regimen, make sure you don’t use other products with allergens or comedogens. And if you’re going to be using products with olive oil as an ingredient, take a close look at the other ingredients. The presence of olive oil may make any allergens, irritants, or comedogens even more of a problem.
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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