What Does “Hypoallergenic” Mean? A Guide for the Allergy-Prone

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As someone with allergies, the word “hypoallergenic” has probably crossed your radar a few times. With more and more products claiming to be “hypoallergenic”, it can be hard to know exactly what that means. Does it mean you’ll never have an allergic reaction? Does it mean it’s better for sensitive skin? And can you trust products labeled as such? In this guide, we’ll break down the meaning of “hypoallergenic” and offer some tips for shopping safely.

What is the meaning of hypoallergenic?

First things first: Hypoallergenic just means it’s less likely to be allergenic. The prefix “hypo-” means “less than normal.” So, a hypoallergenic product shouldn’t cause as much of an allergic reaction, if any at all. But it’s important to distinguish here between products that produce skin irritation and having an allergic reaction to a product. While the two may overlap, they are distinct.

How are products hypoallergenic?

So, what does hypoallergenic mean for products? Generally, it means the product is below the level of what is required to produce an allergy in most people. This means that in most people, the product will not produce an irritation or a contact dermatitis. But it’s important to remember that hypoallergenic does not mean allergy-proof. Everyone’s skin is different, so while a product may be hypoallergenic for most people, it may still cause an allergic reaction in some.

How to be safe and sure?

Since there’s no legal definition for “hypoallergenic,” you’ll want to look for any information on tests performed. Some products may boast that they’ve been tested by dermatologists, allergists, or other medical professionals. You can be more trusting of companies and products that have tested on a lot of people, as it’s more likely that any potential allergens have been identified and removed. However, don’t just take their word for it. Do your own research and look for reviews from people with similar allergies to your own.

The FDA and hypoallergenic

It can be perplexing to understand what “hypoallergenic” means because the FDA does not monitor it. According to the FDA, each company can interpret the term however they please because there are no established rules or definitions. In the past, companies were not obligated to demonstrate the hypoallergenic qualities of their products, and customers had no way to determine if something contained substances, they were allergic to. Fortunately, the FDA now mandates manufacturers to disclose all ingredients that go into their products, thereby providing customers with comprehensive information to assess potential allergies.

Stay informed

To make an informed decision, check out the ingredients list. Be wary of fragrances and essential oils, as they are common skin allergens and can cause issues even if used in leave-on products. Similarly, keep an eye out for Carmine, a natural color additive which is a known allergen and requires specific labeling in the U.S.

Furthermore, stick to unscented products. In the near future, companies will be required to include a full list of ingredients, making it easier for us to make informed decisions about what we put on our skin.

By taking these precautions, you will keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come.

Shop carefully

When it comes to shopping safely for hypoallergenic products, one of the best things you can do is test any new product on a small patch of skin before using it all over your body. This can help you identify any potential allergic reactions before it’s too late. Additionally, be wary of any products with fragrances, as these can often contain allergens. And don’t forget to read the ingredients list carefully, as some hypoallergenic products may still contain common allergens like wheat or soy.

Cosmetic regulations

Did you know that cosmetic claims must be truthful and not misleading by law? Although, there is no pre-market testing by the FDA, they will take action if claims are found to be false. So, what should you do if a product claims to be hypoallergenic? It’s important to investigate and look for companies that have performed clinical tests on a high number of subjects. This will ensure that the product meets the criteria for a hypoallergenic claim with confidence. Let’s keep our skin happy and healthy with trustworthy products.

Hypoallergenic skincare to try

Now, you may be wondering which skincare products are the best known for being hypoallergenic. Of course, everyone’s skin is different and what works for one person may not work for another. However, a few well-known brands that specialize in hypoallergenic skincare such as Anbiome Skincare. Imagine having the perfect skincare routine that is both effective and gentle on your sensitive skin! Anbiome Skincare is dedicated to using only natural and organically-derived ingredients, along with skin-friendly synthetics. Say goodbye to potentially harmful compounds found in many other skincare products, and say hello to our clinically proven and hypoallergenic solutions. Experience the best in skincare with our carefully selected ingredients, specially formulated for sensitive and reactive skin. Look for this brand and read reviews to see if they’re right for you.

Safety note

In conclusion, while “hypoallergenic” doesn’t necessarily mean allergy-proof, it can be a helpful label for those with allergies or sensitive skin. When shopping for hypoallergenic products, look for ones that have been tested by medical professionals and do your own research. And remember: always test any new product on a small patch of skin before using it all over your body. With a little bit of caution and research, you can find hypoallergenic products that work for your unique needs. By doing your own research and testing products on your own skin, you can find the right hypoallergenic skincare products for you. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but always listen to your own skin and prioritize its health and safety.

About author

Selma Durmo M. Pharm

“As far as I can remember I have always struggled with sensitive skin. The issues culminated in my mid-twenties when I started having rosacea flares and redness. My personal quest for effective, safe solutions took a professional turn, and I was given the opportunity to apply my (Pharma) background in developing a new skin friendly product line. My goal was to create something new, a clinically proven sustainable skincare brand. This science backed probiotic skincare derived technology is a product of years of research and innovation in personal care products. Metabiotics contain naturally produced hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, SMase, lipoteichoic acid, over 40 peptides and enzymes. All assigned with specific tasks for activating the skins native repair mechanisms.” 

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Following the principles of Clean Beauty, we have joined the dedicated stream of safe, non-toxic beauty enthusiasts.

Our products contain carefully selected hypoallergenic ingredients suitable for sensitive and reactive skin.

We’re committed to formulating with natural, organically-derived, and skin-friendly synthetics while excluding popular “good feeling” and potentially harmful compounds to provide the best skincare solutions.

“It is easy to get hooked on conventional products, with inviting perfumes and the instantly pleasant skin feeling. The sooner you understand that those sensations are short-lived the better! Choose Clean Beauty and allow the science backed ingredients time to work wonders on your skin.”

Cinically proven

Our products’ superiority has been proven in a controlled study on 50 volunteers where it was shown that four-week product use leads to a significant increase in skin moisture levels (39%), increased skin elasticity (50%), and a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles (23%).

Other beneficial effects include decrease in skin sensitivity, increase in skin cleanliness, evenness of the skin tone, decrease in acne formation.

This study serves as proof of the skin’s gradual return of its protective layer, integrity, and balance. All study results have been published in a peer reviewed journal as well as the full study report.

“Putting all science aside, we are most proud of our users’ testimonials. All tested volunteers claimed visible and tangible improvement in skin feel and appearance.”


The greatest breakthrough discovery we stumbled upon is that skincare and cosmetics should not be sensational.

Personal care should be comprehensive, accessible, and efficient, just as all solutions that come from nature are.

We are often faced with labels such as anti aging skin care, organic skin care, natural skincare products, which lack the necessary explanation… What do these phrases actually mean?

“Grown tired of all the misleading, incomprehensive, irrelevant information used in the beauty industry we decided to stick to a no-nonsense approach. It is what it is, and skin care is not magic! It requires commitment, patience and understanding your skins’ needs.”


We are dedicated to neutralizing our negative impact on the environment as much as possible and have joined the stream of sustainable skincare brands. We’re taking you on for the ride (we’ve even packed the goodies)!

To help minimize our carbon footprint, for every product order a tree will be planted thanks to our amazing planters at One Tree Planted. It’s estimated that a mature tree nullifies around 20lbs of CO2 a year.

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Today’s trends in skincare require the use of synthetic active ingredients which interact with the skin. Our approach is to distinguish natural alternatives, which mimic the skins native repair mechanism and are more efficient and ecologically sound.

Translating solutions from nature into industrial settings is hardly an easy task, but it’s one we enjoy undertaking.

We have screened 500+ different wild probiotic strains from the nature, to find the most powerful ones.

Special fermentation process was developed to harvest powerful molecules (HA, LTA, SMase, LA and 40 peptides).

Result is the composition of native signal components and molecules that keep the skin balanced, healthy and protected.