Many of those affected by allergy to methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone are also allergic to other preservatives, or fragrances, or unrelated allergy-triggering ingredients in skincare products. Others have multiple sensitivities which both they and their medical consultants might be struggling to pinpoint and identify.
For them, ‘ultra hypoallergenic’ cosmetics might be the only answer — products which contain no or few potential allergens, and sometimes may consist of just a few simple ingredients.
There are a few cosmetics brands — such as Vanicream and Free & Clear — which have been widely recommended for their use of highly hypoallergenic ingredients. It’s important to point out, however, that products labelled ‘hypoallergenic’ aren’t automatically suitable for everyone with allergies. ‘Hypoallergenic’ does not mean ‘allergy free’ — it means ‘low allergen’.
In a new article, Allergen Free Skincare, which I’ve published on my Allergy Insight website, I look at some so-called allergen-free cosmetics — which are in fact low or ultra-low allergen cosmetics — and made some recommendations, not based on personal experience, on the whole, but on examination of the products’ ingredients. They include many by the excellent Vanicream and Free & Clear, but also manufacturers of the simplest of soaps, unfragranced single-source oils, and pure shea butters — one of the most hypoallergenic and natural ingredients available.
There are no guarantees you will not react, if you do have multiple sensitivities — but hopefully you’ll find some useful products and suggestions which may suit your needs, and ease your skin troubles …
To read Allergen Free Skincare, click here.