Rather than repeat the current issues and discussions concerning food allergens and cosmetics / skincare products here, I’ll instead direct readers to my latest article for Skins Matter — Food Allergens in Cosmetics: Where do we go from here? — which addresses the current state of play, and what we in the allergy community might be able to do to improve matters for all.
The article came about following discussions held at the judging for the Free From Skincare Awards 2022 last month. It was perhaps fitting too that the eventual overall champion, SenSpa’s Relaxing Talc Free Body Powder (pictured right), was free from all 14 declarable food allergens.
The article itself gives some guidance on how to spot food allergens in skincare products, discusses some points of conflict between food labelling and cosmetic labelling, and outlines some of the small measures we will look to undertake at the FFSA to try to improve the imperfect situation for those with food allergies.
I have written a lot about this subject, so here is a round-up of those articles for anyone with further interest or needing guidance:
14 Allergens in Cosmetics — an article providing the Latin terms for all 14 declarable food allergens as they may appear on cosmetics labelling, with examples of usage, including some products too.
Allergen Free Skincare — No such thing, of course, but a few years ago I put together a round-up of ‘high tolerance’ toiletries which contain very few allergens. NB. This was not specifically written with food allergens in mind, so check ingredients if you are thinking of buying any.
Cosmetics Allergies — a page on this site devoted to allergies to cosmetics, and the various kinds there are, including to preservatives, nickel and PPD. There is a list of Latin food allergens (including some outside the top 14) at the foot.
Cosmetics Allergies — Time for regulation change? — A post in response to a call for cosmetics labelling to mirror food labelling when it comes to allergens declaration.
Free From Labelling: new rules and guidance — A deep dive into the vexed issue of ‘Free From’ labelling on skincare products. It may well be baffling to those more familiar with the free from food industry that this is a highly controversial area in cosmetics, with sometimes confused efforts to restrict the statements beauty brands can make on their products.
Allergens in Toothpaste — oral care products are cosmetics too, and given how they are used, are of particular concern to those with allergies.
If you’d like me to cover any other specific issue when it comes to cosmetics and food allergies, do let me know in the comments.