by Britt E. Erickson, Chemical & Engineering News
The list of ingredients found in body lotion, shampoo, and other personal care products can be overwhelming for a consumer to read. This is particularly true for people suffering from allergic skin rashes who are trying to figure out what chemical is causing them to break out or itch.
Marketing words such as “hypoallergenic” are found on many products, especially cosmetics, but these terms are of little help to consumers. These words seem to imply that the products are less likely to cause allergic reactions than competing items. But the Food & Drug Administration says no scientific evidence backs up those claims. Read the entire story.