Simple and Free Update: Pre-Emptive Avoidance Strategy (PEAS) has changed! Therefore, Simple and Free products are currently being updated. Thank you for your patience.

The products listed here have been screened for the top 10 PEDIATRIC contact allergens and their derivatives and cross-reactors*. The Simple and Free™ rating acknowledges the number of products in the line that meet the guideline. Some of these may contain other known contact allergens or ones yet to be identified. It is important to always read the ingredients list and make sure it is the EXACT product name.

The products listed have not been independently evaluated by any medical expert affiliated with Dermatitis Academy to ensure that they do not cause irritation and have been selected based on the manufacturer’s own claims of ingredients and processing.

Certain products listed on our website may include a referral code offer. The seller of the products may provide you with a discount and pay Dermatitis Academy a referral fee for your use of the referral code when you purchase the products.

List of things to do when selecting a product
  • Always check the list of ingredients before using a product. If you are allergic to any ingredient on the list, do not use the product.
  • Do not rely on the appearance of the label. Read ingredients each time you buy the product.
  • Manufacturers are free to change their ingredients at any time. Just because you’ve used a product without any problems, it doesn’t mean that the new one you just bought hasn’t changed.
  • Some chemicals have more than one name. Remember this when checking the ingredients list.
  • If you develop irritation or rash while using any product, stop immediately, notify your provider and do inform the manufacturer.

Top 10 Pediatric Product Allergens

  1. Fragrance/BOP
  2. Neomycin/Bacitracin
  3. Wool wax/Amerchol/lanolin
  4. Formaldehyde/bronopol/Q15
  5. MCI and MI
  6. Propylene glycol
  7. Cocamidopropyl betaine
  8. Glucosides
  9. Propolis
  10. Compositae

Nickel Sulfate/Cobalt Chloride – top sensitizers

*Ingredients excluded from formulations in the Simple and Free product list (in alphabetical) balsam of Peru, balsam of pine, benzalkonium chloride, benzyl alcohol, cocamidopropyl betaine, colophony, compositae (chamomile/bisabolol, dandelion, sunflower, safflower), formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (quaternium 15, imidazolidinyl urea, diadizolidinyl urea, 1,2-nitrobronopol, DMDM hydantoin), fragrance, lanolin, methylchlorisothiazolinone (MCI), methylisothiazolinone (MI), propolis, propylene glycol, and sodium benzoate.

This meta-analysis reviews national pediatric patch test data from the last five years and outlines the top allergens found in pediatric personal care products.  Examples of products not containing these allergens are discussed in table 4.  Free copy available for a limited time from the publisher.

PEAS Article

The P.E.A.S. article represents a possible starting point in picking Simple and products Free of top allergens (Simple and Free™).  The list of top 10 allergens may change as evidence-based data accumulates and becomes available.  There is no guarantee that these products will not cause irritation.  If a rash develops, stop product immediate and talk to your health care provider.  The Dermatitis Academy does not endorse or prescribe the use of these products.  This is not an exhaustive product list – we welcome additions.