CONTACT DERMATITIS ALTERNATIVES 2020

**Products are included here based on listed ingredients, and inclusion here is not an endorsement. I have no relationships with any listed manufacturers. Always shop with caution.

Skin care products

**Products are included here based on listed ingredients, and inclusion here is not an endorsement. I have no relationships with any listed manufacturers.

 

**Always shop with caution. I do NOT recommend purchasing skin care products online from sites that use third-party resellers, such as as amazon.com, walmart.com, sears.com. Some people purchasing from resellers on these sites have reported fraudulent or expired products. The only exception is if you are purchasing from an authorized reseller on these sites.  For links to other retailers of skin care products, please check the blue box above.

The products below are examples (there are multiple other options) of products that are free of:  Natural and synthetic fragrance additives, formaldehyde, lanolin, and methylchloroisothiazolinone.

 

 

NOTE: These recommendations only apply for the exact products listed. Products that are the same brand and have a similar name may not be a safe choice. While we make every effort to provide up-to-date information, product formulations frequently change, so read labels and use caution.

 

NOTE: All products contain some potential allergens.  Patch testing may be required.

NOTE: While these products have worked well for many of my patients, they are not appropriate for everyone. I have found that individuals may react very differently to the same exact product, so always use caution when using a new product. For those with sensitive skin, I recommend testing on the forearm twice daily for one week before using elsewhere.

 

The products below contain ingredients that are less common causes of allergy.

  • BA = benzoic acid

  • BCL = benzalkonium chloride

  • CPB = cocamidopropyl betaine

  • IPBC = iodopropinyl butylcarbamate

  • P = parabens

  • PG = propylene glycol

  • TR = trolamine

  • V = Vit E

 

Facial and Body Cleansers

Eyelid cleansers: 

  • Albolene gentle cleanser

 

Liquid cleansers (Hydrating): 

  • Aveeno baby cleansing therapy wash fragrance-free

  • Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (liquid only) [P,PG]

  • Cerave hydrating cleanser [P]

  • Neutrogena Hydroboost gentle cleansing lotion fragrance-free 

  • Neutrogena ultra gentle hydrating cleanser (creamy formula only)

  • Vanicream gentle facial cleanser

Liquid cleansers (Foaming):

  • Cerave foaming cleanser [P,PG]

  • La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Facial Wash [PG]

  • Free and Clear liquid cleanser

 

Bar soaps: 

  • Aveeno fragrance-free bar soap

  • Cerave hydrating cleanser bar

  • Neutrogena fragrance-free bar soap [TR]

  • Vanicream bar soap [PG]

Moisturizers (from less to more greasy)

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream [NOT the "water gel" line]

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin [NOT the "water gel" line]

  • Cerave moisturizing cream [P]

  • Cleure Day Cream [V] (www.cleure.com)

  • Aveeno Eczema Therapy cream [BCL]

  • Theraplex eczema therapy with oatmeal (www.theraplex.com)

  • Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream fragrance-free [P]

  • Vanicream cream [PG]

  • Cerave healing ointment [V]

  • Theraplex emollient for severely dry skin

  • Vaniply ointment

  • Pure Vaseline petroleum jelly (no added fragrance or flavoring)

Hair Care

  • DHS Sal with 3% salicylic acid for dandruff [CPB], DHS conditioner

  • Free and Clear shampoo, Free and Clear conditioner [PG],  Free and Clear styling gel, Free and Clear hairspray soft or firm hold (Free and Clear products available at some drugstores or 1-800-325-8232 or www.vanicream.com)

  • Neutrogena T-sal shampoo for dandruff [CPB]

  • Available online: see below for Cleure, Vanicream, and VMV Hypoallergenics options

 

Product Lines Available Online

  • Avene Hypersensitive Skin Care: Tolerance Extreme Cleansing Lotion, Tolerance Extreme Cream

  • Cleure Sensitive Skin: Glycerin face/body bar soap, face/body wash [V], face wash, shampoo hypoallergenic [V], conditioner for sensitive skin [V], styling gel, crystal stone deodorant 

  • VMV Hypoallergenics (212-217-2762): Essence skin-saving superwash hair and body shampoo, Essence skin-saving clark wash hair and body shampoo (can customize products based on allergen results, or choose from post-patch testing product line free of top 109 allergens)

  • Vanicream (1-800-325-8232,  www.vanicream.com)

 

Sunblocks  (*these options contain only physical sunblock ingredients)
A sun protection plan may include sunblock, but always includes caution with sun exposure, along with sunglasses, hats, and clothing. The sunblocks listed below contain ONLY physical sunblock ingredients [zinc oxide and titanium dioxide].

  • Cerave Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45 [PG]

  • EltaMD UV Physical broad-spectrum SPF 41 [IPBC]

  • EltaMD UV Pure broad-spectrum SPF 47

  • La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Zinc Oxide Sunscreen SPF 50 Non-tinted [cassia alata leaf extract, BA, PG, V]

  • La Roche Posay Anthelios Tinted Mineral Sunscreen for Face SPF 50 [cassia alata leaf extract, BA, PG, V]

  • Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen PureScreen Sensitive Skin SPF 50 [BHT]

  • Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunblock Stick SPF 60 (stick only!)

  • TIZO Photoceutical AM Replenish Sunscreen [V]

  • TIZO Ultra Zinc Body & Face Sunscreen Non-Tinted SPF 40 Broad Spectrum [TR]

  • Vanicream Sunblock SPF 50+ (www.Vanicream.com or 1-800-325-8232)

Skin Renewal (“Anti-aging”) Products

  • Click here for more information about Skin Renewal Products

 

Laundry detergent

  • All Free and Clear

  • Branch Basics

  • Simple Truth Laundry Detergent Free and clear

  • Tide Free

Lip products

  • Stop chapsticks (Burt’s Bees, Blistex, Carmex, EOS, and all other lip balms)

  • Stop chewing gum, mints, mouthwash

  • Use only pure Vaseline petroleum jelly for lips (no fragrance or flavoring) or Vaniply Ointment

  • For toothpaste, may use

    • Cleure Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth

    • Pepsodent

    • VMV Hypoallergenics Essence Simple-Gentle Skin-Saving Toothpaste 

    • Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry Children’s Fluoride-Free Toothpaste (this flavor only!)

  • Lip balm with sun protection: Vanicream Lip Protectant/Sunscreen

 

Deodorant/Anti-Perspirant

  • Almay roll-on deodorant (roll-on only)

  • Crystal Body Deodorant Stick

  • Crystal Roll-On Body Deodorant

  • Vanicream Deodorant for Sensitive Skin (Aluminum Free)

  • Vanicream Antiperspirant/Deodorant

Hand Sanitizer

  • Avagard fragrance-free by 3M

 

Shaving

  • Vanicream shave gel

  • May shave with Free and Clear shampoo

 

Wipes

  • Sani-Hands Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes [PG, V]

  • Seventh Generation chlorine-free baby wipes [Benzoic acid]

  • Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes [Benzoic acid, V]

  • CVS Health Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes [PG, V]

 

Other

  • Cerave Itch Relief Moisturizing Cream with 1% Pramoxine [pramoxine, isopropyl myristate, tasmania fruit ex]

  • Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Lip Therapy [BHT]

  • Cerave SA Cream for Rough and Bumpy Skin (with salicylic acid, ammonium lactate) [P, TR, V]

Cleaning Supplies

  • Branch Basics (www.branchbasics.com)

 

Nickel

  • Nickel test kit to detect the presence of nickel (does not harm objects):  nickelsolution.com or allerderm.com

  • Use a clear nail lacquer (from nickelsolution.com) to protect against leaching of nickel 

  • Ask jeweler to apply a coating (thicker than plating) of rhodium or platinum to protect against nickel in jewelry

 

Nickel allergy and jewelry

  • Sterling silver and 18K yellow gold are usually OK

  • Avoid most white gold (white color achieved by combining gold with either nickel or palladium)

  • Always check with jeweler on alloys (even expensive titanium and platinum jewelry may be alloyed with nickel)

 

Formaldehyde-Free Clothing

  • 100% polyester, 100% silk, or most 100% denim or cotton clothing

 

Detailed Handouts (see KattaMD.com)

  • Hair Dye Alternatives

  • Nickel in Jewelry

  • Shoe Allergy

  • Elimination Diets

  • Other

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