The Main Cause of Allergic Reactions

The Main Cause of Allergic Reactions
Most people still do not know that the majority of allergic reactions are not caused by allergens like soy, nuts and gluten. The real offenders are toxic fillers.
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Recently we were asked to share our safety data guide to show that our products are free of common allergens such as soy, nuts and gluten. While I understand that large aesthetic providers, hotels and spas should be concerned about such things, I wondered when they might also start asking for a CLEAN certificate as a common practice.

Most people still do not know that the majority of allergic reactions are not caused by allergens like soy, nuts and gluten. The real offenders are toxic fillers. Chemical fillers are the most common skin irritant. A dermatology study in 2010 reported that more than 300 out of 900 participants had an allergic reaction to chemical fillers in products.

When you couple the biggest offenders with a double exfoliation, followed by high energy modalities that increase circulation and product penetration, you are at a higher risk of allergic reactions after lasers. Use caution when using high output energy modalities that stimulate the skin for intense product penetration.

What are the Biggest Toxic Offenders in Skin Care Today?

1. Preservatives 

Preservatives are necessary in certain formulas, and while there are many green-friendly preservatives, watch out for these:

  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Parabens
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Quaternium-15
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone

2. Synthetic Fragrances 

Synthetic fragrances can be extremely aggravating. Save your favorite fragrance products for home use, not for blending in with a double exfoliation treatment and high energy output modalities such as you see with the Medispa, a seven-in-one facial aesthetic device. We recommend avoiding synthetic fragrances of any kind when using high-powered energy modalities. This is especially important in today’s world with the increase of skin rashes due to the low immunity that many people now experience.1

Exfoliation and High-Powered Product Circulation

Image 003Gentle exfoliation is amazing for the skin. However, by removing dead skin cells you open up the top layers of the epidermis and expose it to a greater risk of irritation by applying products with chemical fillers. Follow exfoliation with high output energy modalities—like the Ultrasound handpiece on the Medispa®—if you have a proper understanding of how the skin reacts when performing multiple treatments in one sitting.

This is one of the reasons I was asked by Medicreations, a top-of-class technology manufacturer, to create a customizable Clean Cosmeceutical™ collection that would work for all skin types and help improve the effectiveness of the Medispa® without aggravating the skin.

Image 004I am honored to say our products meet the strict criteria Medicreations was seeking for over five years. Medicreations could have partnered with any big name skincare company or paid a big celebrity to increase their own marketing efforts. However, their goal was to raise ethical beauty standards in part by using Clean Cosmeceuticals™ when increasing product penetration with multiple energy modalities to best protect their customers and their clients.

Tiffany Andersen Clean Cosmeceuticals® are toxicology certified and proven to be CLEAN of all aggravating factors. They are also dermatologically tested and clinically proven to be hypoallergenic. It is not enough to be vegan, gluten free or organic. What matters most is that the entire formula is clean AND contains clinically proven percentages of active ingredients that achieve results.

Please scan the QR Code to learn more about the Medispa facial aesthetic device.

Tiffany Andersen CEO and National Educator for Tiffany Andersen Clean Cosmeceuticals™, overseeing the company’s strategic growth and product formulations using first-to-market ingredients. 



  1. Medically Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on March 15, 2021


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