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If you have sensitive skin, you've probably tried creams, soaps, and toners labelled "hypoallergenic

If you have sensitive skin, you've probably tried creams, soaps, and toners labelled "hypoallergenic." But what does the term mean exactly? According to the FDA, "There are no federal standards or definitions that govern the use of the term 'hypoallergenic.' Manufacturers of cosmetics labeled as hypoallergenic are not required to submit substantiation of their hypoallergenicity claims to FDA." Likewise, according to Health Canada, 'Hypoallergenic' is neither a legal nor a scientific term. It simply means that the manufacturer has selected ingredients with the objective of producing a finished product with minimum potential for causing allergy."

Given the chance for misinformation on labels, the best thing to do for your skin is to use only natural, organic skin-care products. For good advice on the right product for your skin type, ask the manager of your local health-food store.

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