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Top 20 Skin Allergens

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Many people react to skin care products. The reality is that we generally find something that works for us and stick with it.


Our skin also changes over time, so it can be annoying to realise that a trusted product has started to aggravate your skin - and for people with sensitive skin and allergies, the journey to find a new product can be particularly frustrating.


Skin allergies are common and can be caused by a variety of ingredients in skin care products. Here are the top 20 most common skin allergens in skin care products:

  • Fragrances

  • Preservatives (such as parabens and formaldehyde)

  • Nickel

  • Cobalt

  • Chromates

  • Rubber chemicals

  • Lanolin

  • Propylene glycol

  • Formaldehyde

  • Quaternium-15

  • Imidazolidinyl urea

  • Diazolidinyl urea

  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone

  • Methylisothiazolinone

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate

  • Propolis

  • Balsam of Peru

  • Cocamidopropyl betaine

  • Vitamin E

  • Essential oils (such as lavender and tea tree oil)

The Calm Skins mission is to help people identify products that work, the products to avoid, and help people with skin allergies and conditions to not only manage their skin, but to have a shot at simply amazing skin.


We'll be building out support around allergens and sensitivity tracking over the coming months, so keep connected to find out more.


It's important to note that everyone's skin is different, and what may cause an allergic reaction in one person may not affect another.


If you have a history of skin allergies, it's important to check the ingredients list on skin care products and patch test new products before using them on your entire face or body. If you experience a reaction, stop using the product immediately and consult with a dermatologist.

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