Skin Terms




Are you wondering what some of those skin care terms are on the bottles of products you buy or if they're really important or not? Sometimes, it can feel like you need to have a specialized degree yourself just to know what you're reading on some of the labels of the most popular products.

Let's take a look at some skin information tips so that you can make the best decisions when buying skin care, body care, hair care, fragrance and makeup products. Three of the most popular skin terms used by cosmetic companies on products include dermatology tested, noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic.


Dermatology Tested

A dermatologist is a medical doctor that specializes in the skin, hair and nails, also known as the specialty of Dermatology. Skin care companies often refer to a dermatologist to study and research their new products before they offer them to the buying public to make sure that they are safe for use and cause minimal rashes, redness, swelling or other allergic reactions.

Dermatology testing could include items investigated on animals so, if animal cruelty is important to you also search for the cruelty free labeling on products.

Oftentimes, skin care companies have their own research staff including dermatologists that provide rigorous testing on new ingredients and new products when a company carries a large inventory of different products.


Many ingredients that are typically dermatology tested would include items such as chemicals, medications, herbal extracts, fragrance, metals, waxes, dyes, colorants and preservatives and even vitamins and food. Products that have been dermatology tested are typically better to buy since a skin care specialist such as a dermatologist has already studied the ingredients to make sure they are not harmful.

Consumers should always be aware of ingredients even if dermatology tested since only you know what ingredients you are sensitive to and each person has a very different set of needs of what works and what doesn't. An example of this would be that grapefruit extract has been found to be a healthy ingredient to regenerate skin cells and is refreshing in skin care unless you have allergic reactions to citrus.


What is Noncomedogenic

Comedogenic refers to ingredients that are likely to either produce or at least contribute to the formation of acne skin problems. Noncomedogenic is therefore, the opposite or ingredients that do NOT contribute to the formation of acne skin problems.

This is an important listing to find in your products since you surely do not want to aggravate or worsen any acne conditions. Buy oil free and water based skin care and cosmetics which are noncomedogenic as stated by many resources, one of which is consumer reports health.org: http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2009/09/acne-myths-treatments-for-acne-tips-on-preventing-acne-treating-pimples-and-zits.html

Some ingredients that are comedogenic and would contribute to or at least trigger pimples and acne due to pore clogging include mineral oil, vaseline, petroleum.

Check out some of the Most popular noncomedogenic products on amazon.com



What is Hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic refers to an ingredient that is the least likely to produce an allergic reaction and is used in cosmetic industry to describe skin care and makeup ingredients. With so many companies and brands of products to choose from, how is the average person to know what ingredients would be most likely to produce allergies? The best answer to this is one that is safe because it would be good enough to eat.

According to the US FDA's website, www.fda.gov, there is still to this day no way to fully ensure that a product is completely hypoallergenic although many cosmetic companies continue to use this labeling.

Start reading ingredient lists on all the products you use and determine if you would be willing to put it in your mouth. Everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream so using hypoallergenic products is one way to ensure that you're buying the best products.

This quote is taken from the FDA.gov website: "However, cosmetics users who know they are allergic to certain ingredients can take steps to protect themselves. FDA regulations now require the ingredients used in cosmetics to be listed on the product label, so consumers can avoid substances that have caused them problems." Updates to this information were last provided by the FDA in 2009.


Ultimately, the buyer needs to become an educated consumer to sort through much of the hype and marketing efforts from companies that want to sell products. Take some time and learn what ingredients are, how they are used and what benefits they will provide your skin and body before spending your money.

I hope this is a start to understanding skin terms used by cosmetic companies and will help you to determine what ingredients to look for when purchasing skin care and beauty products. Feel free to share your questions and thoughts as well as send to friends that might enjoy it and as always, thanks for reading and following.





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