The products mentioned in the list are genuinely non-irritating and actually hypoallergenic. In general all the product on the list have no fragrance, no allergenic or irritating plant based botanicals, no formaldehyde or methylisothiazolinone group preservatives.

Use exactly the products suggested on the list! Remember that there are many different types of similar products from the same company. One name changeon the product, and it has a different ingredient list.

In case of non-availibity of the listed products, choose products that are soap, fragrance- and botanical-free and have fewer than 10 ingredients. Search Internet for online stores that carry them—and bear in mind that many of these sell direct to consumers at their own websites.

If you’ve been diagnosed with rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis or atopic eczema, or some other skin malady, then you’re likely on some sort of medication to treat it. An exception is acne. Many topical acne medications are irritating, so it is suggested to stop them during th process of diet elimination.


  • Many of those who begin using the products on the Low-Contact Allergen and Irritant List end up using them for life while some have complaints. So I’ve created a protocol designed to allow my patients to return to at least some of the products they wereusing before their skin reactions happened.
  • Once the reaction is gone, you can start to introduce the products from your former beauty and skincare regimen by following these steps.
  • Don’t just leap into your old routine. Rather, proceed in a step-by-step fashion. Reintroduce one product per week.
  • Give yourself a full week after the product’s reintroduction before you add a second product from your old routine. That goes for all beauty and skincare products, cleansers, conditioners and lotions, whether it’s something for the hair, face, hands or body. limit yourself to reintroducing one product a week.
  • In cases where the problem is cumulative irritation, it may be necessary to pare down the number of products you’re using. For this reason, you may want to prioritize the products you reintroduce. Start the reintroduction process with the products you miss the most from your old regimen. Then move on to other products that you don’t like as much.
  • In this step-by-step, one-product-per-week manner, even patients with reactive and sensitive skin can typically work out which combination of products is best for them. And if you can’t, consider making an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss your progress. You may require patch testing to learn more about the source of the reaction.

For more details and tips on product elimination and for special areas like lips, hands and hair care read Beyond soap

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If you have a question about a certain product you are using. Feel free to submit a question to Dr. Sandy Skotnicki for review.