Unscented Is Not Fragrance Free

Use Caution with Sensitive Skin

Having eczema or sensitivities to fragrance can take most of the fun out of buying soaps, lotions, and other skincare products. Many products on the market say they are specifically for eczema or sensitive skin, however, some of these products can also contain ingredients that could trigger an eczema flare-up. People with a history of eczema can also develop allergies or can be very sensitive to common ingredients found in soaps and lotions. Due to this sensitivity, they can’t use the floral, exotic-smelling products that are all over the shelves at our local retailers or for sale online.

Avoiding fragrances is not easy because many products are marketed and sold as “unscented.” But buyer beware, this does not mean that it doesn’t contain fragrance! Unscented means – having no scent, while fragrance-free means having no fragrance. Unscented products usually contain a masking fragrance that makes it smell unscented, mostly to hide the smell of other ingredients in the product. This simple play on words can mean a ton of itching, discomfort, and sleeplessness for someone with eczema or sensitivities to fragrance.
"I always emphasize to my patients that: if it doesn’t say “fragrance-free”, leave it be." - Tiffany Clay, MD

Look At The Labels

Always take the time to look at the labels of products you are purchasing. One good example of an eczema friendly product that isn’t clearly labeled is Dove sensitive skin body wash. It is labeled as unscented, and actually has a nice scent to it, but it is not fragrance-free. It contains masking fragrance. Dove sensitive skin beauty bar on the other hand is labeled as unscented and fragrance-free meaning no masking scents have been added. Be sure to check your labels on skincare products before purchasing, and if you’re not sure, ask your dermatology provider. 

Here are a few of the fragrance free products we love and offer at Dermatology Affiliates:

The EltaMD Line of Sunscreens

The EltaMD line of sunscreens is highly regarded for its broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. These sunscreens are known for being lightweight, non-comedogenic, and suitable for sensitive skin.

Neocutis Bio-Cream and Lumière Eye Cream

These are anti-aging, hydrating creams that have growth factors and proprietary peptides. Using these creams daily (AM or PM), will support collagen and elastin production to visibly improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Glytone Mild Gel Cleanser and Exfoliating Body Wash

A refreshing, lightweight, rejuvenating cleanser option that gently exfoliates and reveals a healthy-looking complexion. It has a rich, lathering formula that leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and clean.

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If you are struggling to find products for your sensitive skin, schedule a consultation with one of our trusted skin experts. After examining your skin, we can recommend products to help relieve your irritation and leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.  

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