Top Allergen Free is the new standard for hypoallergenic, backed by science and real patch testing data.
The problem with 'hypoallergenic' as it's used today, is that the term can mean whatever a particular manufacturer or brand wants it to mean. There is no federal standard that governs the use of the term. The word is used mostly used to make a product more marketable. Top Allergen Free is the new standard for Hypoallergenic. It's tied to real research data from thousands of skin allergy sufferers. A 'Top Free' product excludes the top most common allergens, which produces fewer allergic reactions than other products and is gentler to your skin. In fact, research shows that over 45% of contact skin allergies can be avoided simply by using SkinSAFE's 'Top Free' rated products.
When shopping for hypoallergenic products, look for Top Allergen Free rated products and other high scores to avoid the most common allergy causing ingredients.
The list of top common allergens that are included in our Top Allergen Free rating of products reflect Mayo Clinic research around allergen reaction rates from thousands of skin allergy sufferers in ongoing studies. The top common allergens list is periodically updated to reflect the latest results. The Top Allergen Free rating consists of the top most common allergy causing ingredients used in beauty and personal care products.
Patients with particularly sensitive skin may benefit from SkinSAFE shopping recommendations that are free of these allergens - products labeled 'Top Free'. Here is a list of the SkinSAFE common allergens based on whether they are a fragrance, preservative or other type of common allergen:
Fragrance (Parfum) - Also excludes the most common allergy causing botanicals such as balsam of peru, cinnamic aldehyde, propolis (bee glue) and many more
Formaldehyde - Also excludes the most common allergy causing preservatives such as quaternium-15 and many more
Each product is rated and labeled for safety against these common allergens.
Top Allergen FreeFree of the top common allergy causing ingredients
Common Preservative FreeFree of formaldehyde and common allergy causing preservatives
Fragrance FreeFree of fragrances and allergy causing botanicals
Paraben FreeFree of allergy causing parabens and related esters
Lanolin FreeFree of allergy causing lanolins and wool related ingredients
Coconut FreeFree of coconut and related coconut derivatives
Topical AntibioticFree of topical antibiotics such as neomycin and bacitracin
MCI/MI FreeFree of Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone and related ingredients
Nickel FreeFree of added nickel and cobalt related ingredients
Gluten FreeFree of ADDED gluten and other wheat-related ingredients
Soy FreeSoy Free
Propylene Glycol FreePropylene Glycol Free
Lip SafeFree of top common ingredients that cause lip irritation and allergy and free of allergy causing lanolins and wool related ingredients
Baby SAFEFree of the top common allergy causing ingredients (fragrances, preservatives, topical antibiotics, sunscreens and metals), surfactants (cocamidopropyl betaine) and harmful hormone-altering chemicals and ingredients.
Eyelid SafeFree of top common ingredients that are not safe for your eye lids
Access the SkinSAFE filters from the filters button next to the search field. Set the filters to your exclude one or more common allergens. All your browsing and searching will show you only products safe for those filters.
Keep track of your favorite products, brands and skin health providers for quick access from your mobile device or desktop computer.
Ask your skin health provider to generate a Personal Allergy Code for you that can be associated with your SkinSAFE account. Automatically exclude products that contain ingredients in your unique allergen list.
Balsam of Peru
Disperse Blue Mix
Fragrance Mix I & II
MCI / MI
Safe for Me
Personal Allergy Code: A0Z1B9Y2 *
Balsam of Peru
Disperse Blue Mix
Fragrance Mix I & II
MCI / MI
Tixocortol 21 Pivalate
* Example allergen list
With the Safe for Me filter, products containing your allergens and any related ingredients are removed from all search and browse results. Giving you a dynamic, searchable shopping list of products just for you.
Need to find out a product is safe for your skin allergies? Simply scan with the SkinSAFE mobile app or submit via the Is My Product Safe? form on your user dashboard. If the product isn't already in SkinSAFE we'll rate the ingredients and send you a note when it's ready to view.
It only takes seconds to input allergens and generate a shopping list for your patients. We've even put together preset lists of allergens to pick from based on the most popular patch tests.
We've designed SkinSAFE to be a dynamic shopping list always accessible online. But, if your patient still needs a physical list, you can easily print and generate PDFs in a printer-friendly format.
Save your patient's list for easy access to edit and update at later date. Include their email to automatically send their Personal Allergy Code (PAC) and an invite to view their list on SkinSAFE. All patient data storage and communications is HIPAA compliant.
Quickly find existing patient lists and Personal Allergy Codes to reference allergens or make any needed allergen updates.
Free of the following top common allergy causing ingredients
Common Preservative Free
Free of formaldehyde and the most common allergy causing preservatives such as benzalkonium chloride, formaldehyde, benzophenone, methyldibromo glutaronitrile, MCI/MI and others.
Free of fragrances and the most common allergy causing botanicals such as balsam of peru, cinnamic aldehyde, propolis (bee glue) and many more.
Free of allergy causing parabens and related esters such as benzocaine, PPD and others.
Free of allergy causing lanolins, esters, waxes and other wool related ingredients.
Free of coconut and related allergy causing coconut derivatives
Topical Antibiotic Free
Free of topical antibiotics such as neomycin and bacitracin.
Free of Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone and related kathon-like ingredients.
Free of added nickel and cobalt related ingredients.
Free of ADDED gluten and other wheat-related ingredients, including barley, rye and oat. However, highly processed ingredients derived from wheat, barley, rye, and oat (e.g., glycerin or tocopherol) will not be excluded by SkinSAFE
Our Soy filter excludes products with soy ingredients (e.g., soybean oil). However, highly processed ingredients derived from soy (e.g., glycerin or tocopherol) will not be excluded by SkinSAFE.
Propylene Glycol Free
Free of the vehicle (gives substance) propylene glycol and similar vehicles.
Find Lip Safe cosmetics. LipSafe is the same as "Top Free" and free of LANOLIN too, Lip Safe aka the kissing badge keeps your lips more kissable.
Free of the top common allergy causing ingredients (fragrances, preservatives, topical antibiotics, sunscreens and metals), surfactants (cocamidopropyl betaine) and harmful hormone-altering chemicals and ingredients.
Free of the most common fragrances, preservatives, soap and glue ingredients that cause eyelid rashes (It’s Top Free plus no gold, thimerosal, soaps related to cocamidopropyl betaine, or glues/adhesives like shellac or acrylate monomers)
Free of harmful hormone-altering chemicals and ingredients that may affect teen development, such as Phthalates, Parabens, Triclosan, Benzophenone-3 and related ingredients.
Non-Comedogenic / Oil Free
Free of common comedogenic (pore blocking and breakout-causing) ingredients and oils