Consumer cosmetic and beauty care products are not approved or overseen by the Food and Drug Administration. Although many skin care products are marketed as ‘dermatologist tested,’ ‘dermatologist recommended,’ ‘hypoallergenic,’ ‘non-comedogenic,’ ‘natural,’ or ‘gluten-free,’ the process by which these products are evaluated is not standardized or transparent.
Currently, the use of the term hypoallergenic is not regulated by the FDA and its definition varies by skin care brand. The Skin Trust Society aims to change this by offering the first dermatologist awarded seal of approval and industry-wide definition for the term hypoallergenic.
The Skin Trust Society’s Dermatologist Approved Seal program is separated into categories to guide you in selecting quality skin care products. The Dermatologist Approved Seal will be awarded to products that surpass our medical standard and are unanimously approved by our physicians. Products awarded the seal of approval will be cataloged on our site.
Skin Trust Society's Dermatologist Approved Hypoallergenic Seal Criteria: 1. Fragrance-free, 2. Formaldehyde-free, 3. MCI/MI-free, 4. Less than two other medically recognized skin allergens, and 5. Evidence for efficacy and other claims if applicable (e.g. monographed ingredients, clinical data, etc). These products are great for all skin types including babies, children, and people with sensitive skin or eczema. This is the toughest seal to earn in the industry.
The Original Skin Trust Society Dermatologist Approved Seal Criteria: 1. Three or fewer medically recognized skin allergens. These products may contain fragrance, formaldehyde, or MCI/MI. 2. Evidence for efficacy and other claims if applicable (e.g. monographed ingredients, clinical data, etc).
Skin care products are evaluated based on ingredients and the presence of recognized high risk skin allergens. This evaluation method is standardized and determined by our dermatologists.
Skin care products will receive scores to rate their allergenic potential and likelihood of triggering an allergic skin reaction, known as allergic contact dermatitis. This will be determined by the expertise of our dermatologists, who will be blinded to product brand names.
Skin care products will also be evaluated for efficacy when applicable. This will be determined by the expertise of our dermatologists, who will be blinded to product brand names.
Resources used to determine these parameters are the Food and Drug Administration, North American Contact Dermatitis Group, Cosmetic Ingredient Review, scientific publications regarding safety, and clinical data provided by skin care companies.
Skin Trust Society Dermatologist Approved Seal will only be awarded to products that meet our medical standard and are unanimously approved by our physicians.