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    What Does 'Hypoallergenic' Mean?

    If you see "hypoallergenic” on makeup or a skin care label, it means that that maker claims its product causes fewer allergic reactions than other ones.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean it is allergy-proof or gentler for your skin.

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    The U.S. government doesn’t have standards that products must meet in order to put “hypoallergenic" on the label. The maker doesn’t have to do tests to prove it won’t cause a reaction. It's impossible to guarantee that a cosmetic or skin care product will never cause an allergic reaction.

    To be safe, test any new lotion or makeup on the inside of your forearm for a few days to see if you get symptoms.

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on November 18, 2014

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