Skip to content
    Font Size

    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.