Your 'fragrance-free,' 'hypoallergenic' moisturizer may be mislabelled, study warns

Your 'fragrance-free,' 'hypoallergenic' moisturizer may be mislabelled, study warns
From Global News - September 7, 2017

You may be reaching for fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, or dermatologist-recommended moisturizers, but new research suggests that these products may not live up to their labelseven if they come with hefty price tags.

A new Northwestern Medicine study is warning that some moisturizers are coming with inaccurate and misleading claims. This could be problematic for people with skin disorders from eczema to psoriasis who need non-irritating options.

We looked into what it means to be dermatologist-recommended and it doesnt mean much because it could be three dermatologists recommending it or 1,000, Dr. Steve Xu, the studys first author, said in a university statement.

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As it stands now, patients have a challenging time making an informed decision by glancing at the back of the bottle. Our study highlights that and aims to make that search easier on consumers by informing dermatologists, Xu said.

His study zeroed in on 100 best-selling, whole body moisturizers sold at Amazon, Target and WalMart. The team compared ingredients and performance while factoring in affordability and how well they moisturized without triggering a skin allergy.

Heres what the study found:

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Xu said that people with skin disorders turn to moisturizers to help with inflammation, preventing infection, and keeping skin soft and supple.

The trouble is, with misleading labels, its hard to decipher whats included in a product.

If manufacturers did list all the ingredients, their labels would be 75 pages, Xu said.


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