What does hypoallergenic mean?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology
The product is allegedly free of substances that are known to cause allergic reactions, so it should be less likely to cause irritation. Now that harsh ingredients are used less and less in most products, this term is becoming more meaningless. There is no scientific evidence to prove that hypoallergenic cosmetics are safer or produce less irritation.
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Hypoallergenic indicates that a product is less likely to cause allergic reactions. This term was originally invented in reference to cosmetics but has also been used in reference to jewelry and animals.
Hypoallergenic means that it is less likely to cause a reaction or an allergy. 
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The term "hypoallergenic" is often used with a variety of skin care products. Typically, these products are less likely to cause allergic reactions.


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