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Could You Be Allergic to What's in Your Skincare Product?

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

Several skin conditions can be caused or treated depending on your skincare routine and the products you use. Even if your skincare products are all-natural (or not), some ingredients can cause an allergic reaction. A common allergy that people have is a tree-nut allergy. While, you should be cautious with any product you use, keep in mind that if you have a tree-nut allergy, you may also be allergic to a popular skincare ingredient called shea butter.

Shea butter is a tree-nut that is produced from a shea tree. Unlike, the common tree-nuts such as walnuts, cashews, and pecans shea butter allergy is rare but can occur. Shea butter contains a lower amount of protein than other tree-nuts. Even though the amount of the protein that causes allergic reactions is low, it it is possible that it can occur when using products with shea butter in it. An allergic reaction can cause symptoms such as:

  • Itchiness

  • Redness

  • Swelling

  • Nausea

  • Runny nosey and sneezing

  • Difficulty breathing and swallowing

There are several benefits to shea butter including:

  • Anti-inflammation

  • Mositurizing skin

  • Treating skin conditions

  • Reducing wrinkles and more

With that being said, shea butter is in a lot of skin care products such as:

  • Moisturizers

  • Soaps

  • Shampoos

  • Conditioners

If you have sensitive skin and or react to certain skincare products, it is important to read the ingredients before using the product and it may be necessary to partake in allergy testing.


A majority of our soaps and body butters contain shea butter but we do offer a nut-free products for those with a tree-nut allergy.

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