The difference between hypoallergenic and anti-allergy

Ever scratched your head over what "hypoallergenic" really means? Here's the lowdown: it’s a term used for things that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. However, it doesn't mean they won't cause any allergy at all. Essentially, these are ingredients that tame the beast of allergies, not necessarily killing it. They aren't claiming to be entirely anti-allergy.

See, allergies are a personal thing, different for each of us. So, it’s pretty much impossible to label any product as fully "anti-allergy".


And here's a heads-up: the term "hypoallergenic" isn't regulated. Which means it can and will be used at will. A word of caution - don't let it lull you into a false sense of security.

Been stung by allergies before? The best bet is to figure out what triggers you and steer clear. Relying on a "hypoallergenic" label isn't a foolproof guarantee it'll play nice with your particular allergies.


Therefore, if you reacted to some products in the past, it is better to identify them correctly and then avoid them, as the term hypoallergenic is not a term that guarantees that the product will be suitable for you and your allergies.

When browsing through product labels, you may come across variations of the term "hypo-allergenic" such as "hypoallergen." These two terms are essentially interchangeable, with both implying that a product has been formulated to minimize the risk of triggering allergic reactions in individuals. The inclusion of the prefix "hypo," which means "below" or "less than," indicates that the product has been designed to have a reduced likelihood of causing allergies. This is particularly beneficial for those with sensitive skin or allergies to certain ingredients commonly found in skincare, cosmetics, and household products. So, whether you see "hypo-allergenic" or "hypoallergen," rest assured that both terms convey the same message and indicate a product that has gone through rigorous testing to minimize potential allergic reactions.

As for "anti-allergy" products, they’re supposedly designed not to trigger any allergies at all. You might see this idea expressed as "anti-allergic", "antiallergic", "antiallergenic", or "anti-allergenic".

So there you have it, a quick guide to cut through the confusion and help you make an informed choice.