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Are skin care products labeled “hypoallergenic” safer for sensitive skin?

Answer by:
Norman Levine, MD

Dermatologist, WebMD Medical Expert
Society of Investigative Dermatology

Hypoallergenic skin care products are not necessarily safer for sensitive skin. The FDA states there are no federal standards governing manufacturers’ use of the term “hypoallergenic,” so it can mean whatever a particular company wants it to mean.