Skin Health Questions


The list of top common allergy-causing ingredients, or 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.

SkinSAFE Top Common Allergens list

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
  • Benzalkonium Chloride
  • Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile
  • Methylisothiazolinone & Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Benzophenone 4
  • Potassium Dichromate
  • Bacitracin
  • Cobalt Chloride
  • Neomycin
  • Nickel
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