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Study Finds That Many Hypoallergenic Moisturizers Are Not Actually Hypoallergenic

By Dennis Matthew Livesey

There is a 1 in 4 chance that you or someone you know is affected by a skin condition. Conditions like psoriasis, eczema, sensitive skin or dermatitis. In March, the American Academy of Dermatology released a report on the 85 million Americans who spend $75 billion a year treating and preventing their skin disorders. A new report however has found that those with skin disorders might be paying a whole lot extra for no added benefit and unwanted additives. 

In a new study from JAMA Dermatology researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine tested the ingredients of the top 100 best-selling moisturizers sold by major online retailers Target, Walmart, and Amazon. 

For those with skin conditions it's best to look for products advertised as fragrance free, hypoallergenic or dermatologist recommended. The study found that while these products came at a premium they didn't necessarily match their descriptions. The lead author of the study Dr. Steve Xu stated that  “We looked into what it means to be ‘dermatologist-recommended,’ and it doesn’t mean much because it could be three dermatologists recommending it or one thousand.”  

In fact "dermatologist-recommended" is not a regulated phrase and manufacturers are free to label their products as such with little supporting evidence.