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Safe Skincare and Personal Care Products for People with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance and the TRUTH about the Toxins in Most Products

When you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance, you have to be much more careful about what you put on your skin. This is because almost everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Flaking scalp
  • Hair loss
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Headaches

If so, you definitely want to be checking your products. Even if you don’t have those symptoms, your skin-care and personal care products could still be silently making your Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance much, much worse.

I used to get eczema all the time and itch from head to toe. My scalp would flake. And I got canker sores in my mouth constantly. Luckily that is all gone with changing my diet and my skincare products. (More on diet changes here: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome Diet)

The scary thing is that topical products are rarely regulated at all by the FDA. The vast majority of topical products have ingredients that are irritants, allergens, and at worst, carcinogens. And it is perfectly legal for companies to put these kinds of ingredients into your products. These ingredients can be found in:

  • Deodorants
  • Perfumes, colognes, and body sprays
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Body Wash
  • Makeup
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Hair color
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bubble bath
  • “Hypoallergenic” Products
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • And most other things you put on your skin.

I was using products like these all the time. And they were making me sicker.

But don’t worry, I’m going to break this down into some easy ways you can check your products. And best of all, you don’t have to go makeup free, give up luxurious baths, and quit wearing deodorant. I love my makeup and skincare products. I just know how to choose the ones that don’t make my skin worse and make me sick. In this post, I’m going to share with you all my secrets on safe products you can use without making your Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance worse.

The best news of all? Once I ditched all those toxic skincare products that were supposedly “anti-aging” and “moisturizing”, my skin actually looks younger and clearer than when I was in my 20s!

Why you can’t rely on Brand Marketing and “Organic” and “Natural” Brands if you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

So many skincare products are marketed as “anti-aging”, “moisturizing”, and “hypoallergenic”. These are usually scams. The supposedly moisturizing products often contain alcohol that further dries your skin out. This is great for these companies because it means you keep buying more and more moisturizers. And eventually, you start buying even more expensive creams and serums as your skin gets drier and drier. While this may be great for the company, it certainly isn’t good for you.

Many of the “anti-aging” products also have ingredients that accelerate skin deterioration. Let’s take a look at Physicians Formula Skin Concern Anti Aging Wrinkle Filler & Deep Moisture Repair. This is a company I used to trust. Yet, this product has fragrance, a known carcinogen. It has Ext D&C Violet 2 – a coloring agent that is an allergen, toxic to the immune system, and is carcinogenic. Potassium sorbate is a preservative in this product that is a big mast cell trigger. There are so many toxic ingredients in this product I don’t even have room to list them all.

And the “hypoallergenic” products often still contain triggering ingredients. Let’s look at the Aveeno Moisturizing Bar that is marketed as “Dermatologist Tested,” Fragrance Free, and for “Dry Skin.” Sound great, right? Except it has paraben, which is a hormone disruptor. And it has titanium dioxide, a known mast cell trigger.

Or how about Secret Clinical Strength Smooth Solid Women’s Antiperspirant & Deodorant, Sensitive/Hypoallergenic Unscented. Sounds safe, right? But it also has Fragrance, which is a known carcinogen. This deodorant also has talc, petrolatum, cyclopentasiloxane, and dimethicone that all cause organ toxicity. Plus, there is aluminum, which has been linked to numerous neurological issues in those with detox challenges.

What about the “Organic”, “Non-toxic” and “Natural” brands? Shouldn’t they be fine? When I first started being aware of toxins in skin care products, I didn’t know what to look for. So I just relied on the brands that said Organic and Natural. My favorite products were from Aveda. But I was really dismayed when I found out that even many Aveda products have toxic ingredients like Fragrance, Geraniol, and Behentrimonium Chloride! Even the health store brands like Jason and Alba Botanica are still using a lot of toxic chemicals. Just because it is marketed as safe, doesn’t mean it is. So, do your own research. And really check those ingredients!

So what can you do??? Keep reading, because I’m going to make it very easy for you.

The Bottom Line on Safe Skincare and Personal Care Products when you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance

Dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance means you have to pay attention to all your underlying triggers. This means watching out for toxic ingredients in your skincare and personal care products. You have to look out for the mast cell activating ingredients as well.

This is a very meaty article going into the details of why these common ingredients in personal care products are toxic. You may not want all those details. And I don’t want you to get overwhelmed. If you just want the summary, I have put it below for you. If you want to know the WHY behind these recommendations, then be sure to read further.

Here is what you need to do to protect yourself from these toxins that can make Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance much, much worse:

  1. Throw out anything with these toxic ingredients:
  • Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic Colors
  • Heavy Metals: Lead Acetate, chromium, thimerosal, hydrogenated cotton seed oil, sodium hexametaphosphate
  • Aluminum
  • Nanoparticles: micronized zinc oxide, nano zinc oxide, micronized titanium dioxide, micronized quartz silica, fullerenes
  • Triclosan and other Antibacterial Products
  • Talc
  • Toulene and other nail polish additives: formaldehyde, formalin
  1. Throw out anything with these ingredients:
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Carrageenan
  • Citric Acid
  • Sodium Triphosphate
  • Potassium Triphosphate
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  1. Check any products you aren’t sure about here: Environmental Working Group
  2. Replace your products with safe products listed below in this section of the post or with the products listed here:
    Mast Cell  360 Resources

Now I’m going to break down these steps and tell you the WHY behind them. So read on if you want the nitty, gritty details.

Check and Ditch Products making Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance Worse

First, read the ingredients of all your products. Here are my top 10 toxic ingredients. If you see any of the ingredients below, throw it away.

  1. Fragrance

Fragrance is considered a VERY HIGH health concern by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This organization is dedicated to providing scientific information on health concerns related to toxins. There is a law that allows companies to not list the ingredients in “fragrance”. There are over 3,100 secret ingredients that can be called “fragrance”.

Fragrance can cause allergic responses, is a lung toxin, and an immune toxin. Fragrances are known to cause allergies, skin irritation, respiratory problems, hormone disruptions and contribute to cancer and reproductive problems.

This is really important to understand – all fragrance is likely toxic. This means the fragrance in your perfume, your scented candles, your lotion, your laundry detergent, your deodorant, – all carcinogenic.

If you see Fragrance, throw it out! Use unscented products or products with Essential Oils instead, if you tolerate them.

  1. Parabens

Parabens are used as preservatives. The problem is that these are hormone disrupting compounds. Some fragrances are parabens. There are a number of paraben compounds: ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. You’ll also sometimes see parabens in foods.

Parabens are involved in hormone disruption, breast cancer, skin cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity.

There are many safer ways to preserve skincare products. We’ll explore them below.

  1. Synthetic Colors

Whenever you see FD&C or D&C + a number, this is referring to a synthetic color. For example, D&C Red 27. These colorings come from tar and petroleum products. Some are considered safer and some are toxic. I prefer to avoid them altogether.

It is easy to use safe minerals and vegetable colors in products instead.

  1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfates

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is used as a lathering ingredient in soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste. It is a major skin irritant for many people. It can contribute to canker sores and mast cell activation.

Lathering isn’t necessary for a product to clean well. Definitely skip this lathering ingredient.

  1. Heavy Metals like Lead and Mercury

You probably know about the issues in Flint, Michigan, with lead contamination in the water. We all know lead is a major health risk. But did you know many cosmetics are still being contaminated with lead through color additives? Given that many women can swallow up to 10 pounds worth of lipstick a year, this is a big concern. Lead as lead acetate is also a common ingredient in hair color. If you get your hair dyed at a salon, make sure to ask to read the label on the coloring agent first!

Arsenic, mercury, aluminum, zinc, chromium and iron are often found in different skincare products. These include lipstick, eyeliner, eye drops, nail color, foundation, sunscreen, eye shadow, blush, concealer, moisturizer, and whitening toothpaste. Sometimes metals are added on purpose. Other times they make their way in as contaminants. These metals have been linked to reproductive, immune, and nervous system issues.

Watch out for these ingredients as well. They are often contaminated with toxic levels of heavy metals: chromium, thimerosal, hydrogenated cotton seed oil, and sodium hexametaphosphate.

Instead: Use cosmetics tested to be lead-free and use safe hair dyes.

  1. Aluminum

Aluminum can be found in many deodorants and cosmetics. It has been linked to nervous system toxicity, brain disorders, and breast cancer. If you don’t detox metals well, aluminum can build in your body to dangerous limits.

There are plenty of deodorant and cosmetic options without aluminum. Keep reading for safe options.

  1. Nanoparticles

These are laboratory made tiny, microscopic particles used in sunscreens and cosmetics. They may be much more widely used in personal care products than we realize. They are often in: deodorants, toothpastes, shampoos, lotions, foundation, anti-aging creams, and nail polish. The tiny, microscopic size of these particles means they can be much more toxic than the original. They may stay in the body for up to six months and likely can cross the blood brain barrier. When used in spray products like sunscreen, they can easily be inhaled and lodged in the lungs.

Look for any of these ingredients: micronized zinc oxide, nano zinc oxide, micronized titanium dioxide, micronized quartz silica, and fullerenes.

  1. Triclosan and Other Antibacterial Products

Triclosan is used for antibacterial and preservative properties. It can affect the thyroid hormones and disrupt the immune system. Further, hand sanitizers are less effective for getting rid of bacteria than handwashing with regular soap.

There are also serious concerns that antibacterial products are wiping out good bacteria on the skin. This leaves us vulnerable to antibacterial resistant infections like MRSA. And antibacterial agents like Triclosan may be LEADING to superbugs that are antibacterial resistant.

Bottom Line: Avoid antibacterial products.

  1. Talc

Talc is a powder agent often found in baby powder. It can also be found in shower products, deodorants, feminine hygiene products, eyeshadow, foundation, lipstick, lotions, and face masks. Talc is often contaminated with asbestos, a cancer-causing agent. There are links with talc and reproductive cancers. Also, cancers of the lining of the lungs, heart, and stomach. There are other concerns with talc too. It can cause respiratory issues, lung toxicity, and genital inflammation.

You definitely want to skip anything with talc in it.

  1. Toulene and other Nail Polish Additives

This is found in nail polishes and hair color. It is a gasoline additive that is banned in Europe in personal care products. It can cause serious nervous system issues, like nausea, confusion, and memory issues. This is even at levels below 10 part per million – a tiny amount. It can cause fetal damage in pregnant mothers. It is also a skin irritant.

Nail polishes may also have formaldehyde and formalin – the stuff used to preserve corpses. Trust me, you don’t want to breathe this in.

A better solution for your nails? Only use safe nail polishes. If you go to a salon, ask to go when there won’t be anyone using the toxic polishes and bring your own.

Other “Safe” Ingredients You have to avoid if you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

I have also found that I have to watch out for these mast cell triggers in any products: 

  1. Potassium Sorbate
  2. Sodium Benzoate
  3. Xanthan Gum
  4. Carrageenan
  5. Citric Acid
  6. Sodium Triphosphate
  7. Potassium Triphosphate
  8. Clove
  9. Cinnamon

 Be sure to check your personal care products for these ingredients that are usually recognized as safe.

What to do after you Ditch those Products. ESPECIALLY if you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

So this was just a list of 10 toxic ingredients and 10 types of mast cell triggers. Unfortunately, there are literally thousands of toxic ingredients in skincare and other personal care products! There is no way to cover all of them!

The big takeaway is that if you wouldn’t swallow it, don’t put it on your skin!!

But luckily, there is a really good online resource to check your products. Look your products and ingredients up on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database 

This database has over 70,000 skincare and personal care products from over 2,200 brands. The database assigns a Safety Score for each product. Then you can drill down to find out how each single ingredient ranks. This is how I got started in sorting through my products.

Safe Products You Can Use Instead if you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

For most people, it just becomes too complicated to figure out what to do! How do you find non-toxic products AND avoid the mast cell triggers? Well, don’t worry. I want to make it easy on you. These are my favorite products I use day in and day out. They are non-toxic and do not have the top mast cell activators in them.

Of course, anyone can react to anything. So please dilute and spot test all new products in a small area first. This way, you can make sure you won’t react before you slather it all over your body.

Cosmetics, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Sunscreen:

My favorite Cosmetic company these days is Purity Products over at 100percentpure.com. Their products are absolutely lovely. They use mostly certified organic, plant-based ingredients. This is the only non-toxic shampoo I’ve found that really gets my hair clean. Their makeup is very high quality. They use essential oils that smell amazing. I use them for:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Eye Shadow
  • Concealer
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick
  • Face Wash
  • Soap
  • Eye Cream
  • Brightening Serum
  • Body Wash
  • Body Scrub
  • Sunscreen

The other thing I really love about this company is that they have a 100% money back guarantee. If you don’t like something, just contact them and they take care of you right away. They have also helped me pick the right colors for my skin tone. You just have to send them a face pic.

I have very sensitive skin. And I’ve never had a reaction to their products. If you are extremely sensitive to plant oils, you may not do well with this line. But it is risk free. So you could always try a few products to see how you do.

You can find Purity Products here: 100percentpure.com

Face and Body Moisturizer

Now you may or may not have noticed that I didn’t list lotion above. 100percentpure.com does have delicious smelling lotions and hand creams, and I do really like their products. But I have a few things I actually find work better for me for moisturizing. These are:

  • Organic Rose Hip Oil– I use this on areas that get sun exposure at night. It contains retinoids (form of Vitamin A) that may help stabilize mast cells. The retinoids also help repair sun damage. Rose Hip Oil is very light weight. Just don’t use it before going out in the sun. This is because it can make the skin temporarily more sensitive to the sun. You can also use this as a whole body moisturizer at night.
  • Organic, unrefined, Grade A Shea Butter – I really love shea butter. It is a very thick moisturizer that is great in the winter or for really dry skin. Shea butter helps stabilize mast cells as well. Just avoid it if you are allergic to latex. I use it all over.
  • Organic cold pressed Mango butter – This is another lovely, thick moisturizer that is great for dry skin. If you are allergic to mango, of course skip this.

Here are some soap options. I only use Dr. Bronner’s for Hand Soap. I like 100percentpure.com for body soap. If you can’t use them, try the bar soap below.

Handsoap: Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Castile Soap
Handsoap: Seventh Generation Hand Soap Unscented
Bar Soap: Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Bar Soap


I’ve tried a number of aluminum free deodorants. Most of them didn’t work at all.

Crystal Mineral Deodorants have worked really well for me. I’m not a heavy sweater though. And I don’t spend a ton of time in the heat.

I love this deodorant for active days when I’m going to sweat more:

Primal Pit Paste – it comes in unscented and essential oil varieties. This does contain shea butter which can be a problem with latex allergies. It is a bit hard to apply with the applicator. I find the easiest way is to put the amount I’m going to use in my hand and let it warm up a little to soften it, then apply directly with fingers.

Hair Serum: 

Organic Broccoli Seed Oil: This is a lightweight oil that is perfect for smoothing those fly-aways for frizzy hair days. Even better, it is mast cell stabilizing!

Just use a tiny amount and smooth on the top layer of hair. No, it doesn’t smell like broccoli. 🙂  It just has a slightly nutty smell. I store mine in the fridge because it lasts forever. This keeps it from going rancid.

Bath Soaks/Home Spa Products:

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes – These are magnesium chloride bath flakes. Great for relaxing muscles and calming down before bed.

Aztec Secrets Indian Healing Clay – This is a really pure bentonite clay for detoxing the skin and tightening pores.


Toothpaste has been the hardest product to find without toxic and mast cell activating ingredients. The non-toxic ones often have  xanthan gum, carrageenan, clove cinnamon, or sodium benzoate.

I searched for 3 years to find a mast cell friendly toothpaste option. Finally found one!

Primal Life Organics tooth powder (get peppermint or spearmint, NOT cinnamon. Bubblegum or orange may be ok for those less sensitive) This is a great, clean product.

Tooth Whitening System – These are natural products and safe for mast cell activation.

Fragrance/Essential Oils:

I only use essential oils for fragrance. Not everyone tolerates essential oils. But if you do, Rocky Mountain Oils is a wonderful company. There are major issues with essential oils being diluted with toxic, synthetic fragrance and other additives.

Rocky Mountain Oils is certified and third-party tested. Their essential oils are therapeutic grade. And I really appreciate that they aren’t an MLM – Multi-Level Marketing company. I don’t have time for all that complication. I like to just buy my products and be done. I really trust this company. My favorites to dab on for a little fragrance are:

Balance – a floral, citrus, woody blend that is grounding

Citrus Passion – a bright and light, refreshing scent that is uplifting

Calming – a fruity, floral smell that is relaxing

Here is the Bottom Line Again on Safe Skincare and Personal Care Products when you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance

Dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance means you have to pay attention to all your underlying triggers. This means watching out for toxic ingredients in your skincare and personal care products. You have to look out for the mast cell activating ingredients as well. Here are your steps to take:

  1. Throw out anything with these toxic ingredients:
  • Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic Colors
  • Heavy Metals: Lead Acetate, chromium, thimerosal, hydrogenated cotton seed oil, sodium hexametaphosphate
  • Aluminum
  • Nanoparticles: micronized zinc oxide, nano zinc oxide, micronized titanium dioxide, micronized quartz silica, fullerenes
  • Triclosan and other Antibacterial Products
  • Talc
  • Toulene and other nail polish additives: formaldehyde, formalin
  1. Throw out anything with these ingredients:
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Carrageenan
  • Citric Acid
  • Sodium Triphosphate
  • Potassium Triphosphate
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  1. Check any products you aren’t sure about at the Environmental Working Group
  2. Replace your products with safe products listed above or listed here: Mast Cell 360 Resources

The more mast cells triggers you can get rid of the better your health will be. I don’t recommend you use up your toxic products before replacing them. If you know something is making you sick, why would you keep using it?

But don’t despair when you have to get rid of your favorite department store products. Just look at it as transitioning into a much healthier treat for your skin. And you might make it fun for yourself and pick up some of the lovely products at 100percentpure.com.

Be sure to also read this blog post on Safe Cleaning Products for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance:

Safe Chemical-Free Cleaning Products for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Histamine Intolerance and Chemical Sensitivity


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Environmental Working Group and The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. (2010). Not so Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance. 

Foddai, ACG; Grant, IR; Dean, M. (2016). Efficacy of Instant Hand Sanitizers against Foodborne Pathogens Compared with Hand Washing with Soap and Water in Food Preparation Settings: A Systematic Review. Journal of Food Protection.

Nadarajah, Sangeetha; Skaggs, Katherine; Findlater, Malcolm; Sturdivant, Seth. (2018). Does antibacterial soap prevent the spread of infection more than regular soap? Evidence-Based Practice.

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  1. Terry Mayfield

    Thank you for sharing such a detailed and informative list of MCAS safe products! Extremely helpful. —Terry xx


    1. Deanna Shank

      So glad you are enjoying it Terry! ~Deanna MC Team

      1. Janet Stover

        Essential oils make me sick and I always have a flare when I am around the oils.

        1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

          Hi Janet,
          Not all essential oils are created equally. Beth recommends only using a high quality oil. However, some people may still not tolerate them if they are very sensitive. This could be for a number of reasons, but one of the first things Beth will have clients start with is Nervous System Supports. When someone can’t tolerate a lot of foods, supplements, scents, etc, some of this can start to be addressed by calming the mast cells. That’s what nervous system support can help with. Beth has put together a Master Class: Nervous System Reboot on this topic if you’d like to learn more. You can check it out here:

          Best regards,

    2. Carrie Clark

      Hi there,
      I know someone with Mast Cell Disease, and I was going to make her some homemade all natural, fragrance free soap. Do you know if sodium hydroxide will be an irritant, or could be?


  2. Patty

    Hi, I’m a newcomer to this site, and have only knowingly been dealing with mast cell issues for 6 months, which is how long the reactions have been in the dangerous range. I see that one of the suggested products (an essential oil blend) has citrus in it, which is a known mast cell trigger. Is there something different about this product that does not cause a mast cell response? I’ve seen this particular product mentioned in another place, and thought it was an oversight, but now I’m wondering. I have some of my most severe responses to citrus.

    1. Beth O'Hara

      Welcome, Patty! With products, it depends on your sensitivity and how much Mast Cell involvement you have. Many people with MCAS are okay with a little citrus essential oil in a blend used in aromatherapy. But those with MCAS can react to anything. If you know you’re a sensitive to the smell of citrus essential oils, then you will want to avoid those. I have found that internal use of citrus essential oils, like used in some liposomal products, to be a trigger for many with MCAS.

  3. Laura

    Hello! Thank you for all of thus great information!! My daughter has recently been diagnosed with MCAS and histamine intolerance. I am working on replacing all of her personal items but am having trouble when it comes to make-up so I’ve been looking at recipes to make it. The problem I’m finding is that they use cocoa and cinnamon for coloring. Even the makeup at 100percentpure.com has cocoa in their face powders/concealers and from what I understand cocoa is high in histamine. Have you had an issue with the cocoa in the makeup?

    1. Beth O'Hara

      Hi Laura! I have not personally had any issues with cocoa in makeup. In the products I personally use, there hasn’t been cinnamon.

  4. Noel

    I swear I saw you list an “anti-itch” cream on here that people rave about – or maybe I’m confused with another site? In any event, absolutely LOVE this website and saw you on an autism summit and loved you too! Ty for your help for my son and I both dealing with mcas, and hopefully I’ll talk to you next year once your consults open up again!

  5. mom2one

    Thank you for this list! I too have recently been diagnosed with MCAS. Fortunately, I cleaned up my hygiene products years ago and feel I have some good clean choices based on your recommendations above! 🙂 One of my triggers is Soy so I have to confirm the Tocopherol (Vit E) in products. I have been using the soaps and moisturizers from Alywillow Organics for several years now, and it’s the only cleansing/moisturizing products I have found don’t irritate me or dry out my skin. I did want to ask about the “Clove”. Does that include “clove” essential oil? There is one soap in this line I use “Warrior” that uses clove. I’m currently using the Sagerow which calms me as well as helps my skin issues, but I have used the Warrior in the past and just wanted to make sure I could go back to it, since it has “clove” in it…plant oil. I use these products from head to toe and would love to keep using if I can. Here is the link: https://alywillow.com/
    For my makeup, I don’t wear much these days, but I like the simple ingredients in Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques: https://www.laurenbrookecosmetiques.com/
    Thanks again for this list!

    1. Beth O'Hara

      Hello! Clove is often not good for people who are very sensitive, but for those who are less sensitive, it might be ok. I’m glad you found the list helpful. You can also check out the resources page for more information about a number of products. https://mastcell360.com/mcas-resources/

  6. Melissa gonzales

    I see the use of rose hip and lavender in alot in this post,both are estrogenic in nature. Which is alot of times one of the root causes. Also other clean companies saying non histamine triggering that use almond oil. Im so confused 😕

    1. Beth O'Hara

      Hi Melissa,
      I haven’t seen problems with these with occasional topical use, but if you have very high estrogen levels, you might want to avoid these. Almond oil topically isn’t inherently high histamine.

  7. Jacqueline

    Omg I’ve been getting weird allergic reaction since beginning of the year! I don’t know how but I got an eye infection that wouldn’t go away then I realized it was my fit me foundation by maybelline, I threw it away but my eye infection wouldn’t clear up then I realized my lipgloss was giving me an allergy reaction (hot vivid laquer, tease) and threw it away omg it was my fav. I pretty much threw all my make up away since I ended up getting pink eye, I tried burts bee make up because it’s “natural” but I developed an allergic reaction and realized I’m allergic to honey or bees wax so ugh I don’t know what to do anymore, I took an allergy test and I’m allergic to histamines. It’s crazy I can’t wear make up anymore my eyes get irritated I don’t know what’s the specific ingredient but it’s driving me crazy

    1. Suz Fleming, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Have you checked the ingredients in the products you use against the list of common toxins in the article? There might be something in even your shampoo that is causing a reaction for you. Beth recommends going through all your personal bath and body products and checking the ingredients. Also, be sure to clean brushes and throw away old makeup on a regular basis.

  8. Missy Perkins

    Hello I am new to this and am dealing with histamine and mold intolerance. I am looking for a fash wash and moisterizer that my skin will tolerate as my mouth chin and jawline have been very reactive. Any suggestions for histamine free face wash and moisterizer. I am 51 and am desperate to moisterize my face without reaction. Thanks.

    Also, I have been using Bulletproof coffee. 1 cup a day only. Do you know much about that brand compared to the brand you recommend. So expensive.
    Thanks again. Desperate for help.

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Missy,
      the primal life organics brand is a go-to for us. You can check out their cleanser and moisturizer here:
      Here are some other moisturizer options, too:
      We aren’t familiar with Bulletproof coffee, but if you have been using it without reactions, then it might be ok for you.
      You can read more about Purity here, if you would like to learn more about their product. (And if you use the coupon code MASTCELL360, you can get 20%off and free shipping.)
      Also, Beth will be having a Facebook Live Interview with someone from the company on Monday at 2pmEDT. There will be a Live Q&A at the end, too. You can check that out here:

  9. Carolyn Huntington

    I noticed nothing here about alcohol in products and sanitizer. Over the past year by elimination I think the alcohol is a big problem for me . Now I am in a hospital setting for a few months and my hands are really reacting to the sanitizer. Have you seen this in other people?

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Carolyn,
      Alcohol in general is very drying to the skin and can lead to dryness, redness, and other irritations. Triclosan and other Antibacterial Products are sometimes found in sanitizers and those are considered a no-no. Check the labels because there can be ingredients in products that might surprise you.

  10. Lynn B Alloy

    Hi. I love your podcasts and your site. I recently purchased Biossance skin care products because they are EWG verified! However, all of the products contain Squalane, which after researching further i learned it isthe oil from Shark liver. Do you think that since it is from a fish it could be causing me an allergic reaction? I think I have narrowed some symptoms down to these products. I have had puffiness under my eyes (I use their eye cream) and when I put the sunscreen on my neck I have had a bright red reaction and bumps/swelling/itchiness. I thought it was from either a food or allergen in my environment but I am sad to think I will need to get rid of all of these products. Just wondering if you heard about this and think it may be the culpret.


    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Lynn,
      Fish oil is higher histamine, so it is possible. We aren’t super familiar with this line of products. I did a quick search and pulled up one of their moisturizers to check the ingredients. The number one ingredient is water. Check out this video from Beth’s Facebook Live interview with Trina Felber. Go to about 15:30 and you will get some great info as to why water as the number one ingredient might be an issue, too. The whole video is really informative. Trina had a lot of great info to share.

  11. Rachel

    Thank you for the list of triggering ingredients. I knew about many of these from trial and error and from EWG. But there’s a few I did not know about and one in particular is actually in my conditioner. I’ve been having terrible rashes around my neck, face, hands and scalp, and thanks to this blog post, I may have found a factor I had missed. I am cautiously optimistic.

  12. Kim Rogers

    Enjoy you post . I drink a lot of chi tea and notice also if I get warm I will break out in red bumping hives , itchy probably need to find another tea . Any suggestion would be great . Also I am a Dietitian I believe all of this was triggered by stress work and emotional lost 2 dogs older ones 1 week apart . Have one dog left that Is my angel in disguise . Is there any trading that would he it certified for FOD Map diets . Have never pursued any path regarding that practice yet ! Thank you

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Kim,
      I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dogs. Everyone here at Mast Cell 360 loves dogs so much, too, so we understand this heartache. In regards to the tea, check to see what is in the chai tea. If it is commercially prepared, it may have sugars and other additives in it. Beth’s Food List can be found here:
      Beverages are toward the bottom.
      I don’t quite understand what you are asking regarding FODMAP. If you would like to try to rephrase that for me, I will do my best to help.

      1. Holly Peck

        I have discovered that I have become ultra sensitive and am currently exploring the possibility that I have a histamine intolerance and these blogs are very helpful. My question is about toothpaste. My problem is I have extremely sensitive teeth and my dentist wants me to us Sensodyne. But in looking at the ingredients it has a few of the “bad” ingredients. Do you have any suggestions for teeth sensitivity? Without a toothpaste like this I can barely handle room temperature water let alone anything cold. I just don’t think the tooth powder listed above will work for me.

        1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

          Hi Holly,
          This is Suz from the team. Beth does use the Primal Life Organics, and I’m not seeing any other recommendations on our internal list. I use the tooth powder, too, and found it very gentle. I gave some to my mother, too, and she uses Sensodyne often. She really liked it. From what I can remember when we talked to Trina, the owner, she said that conventional toothpastes build a layer over your tooth, but this is not good because then minerals aren’t getting absorbed to strengthen the teeth. You may feel some sensitivity with this product with the initial use but it does go away. You might be interested in the whole interview which you can find here:
          It sounds like you are very sensitive, so I can totally understand your concerns. Some people in the Mast Cell 360 community posted comments on that video about other things that worked for them, so while we can’t say we have had experience with all of those suggestions, they have had good luck with those products. It might be something to look into. With anything new, start slowly.
          Wishing you all the best.

  13. Kim Rogers

    Correcting to previous comment thanks . Any training recommended so I can help myself and incorporate into my practice . I am certified in FOD Map diets thanks and an RD . Thanks

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Ah! Thanks for the clarification Kim! I will ask Beth about this and get back to you! –Suz

  14. Ari

    Hello. I’ve been using a Fragrance Free & Clear type shampoo and am wondering if there are any mast cell trigger ingredients in it. Please chime in if you know. Thanks 🙂 INGREDIENTS: purified water, lauryl glucoside, coco glucoside, acrylates copolymer, disodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium cocoyl glycinate, glycerin, sucrose cocoate, panthenol, pentylene glycol, 1.2-hexanediol, sodium cocoyl glutamate, disodium EDTA, caprylyl glycol, , sodium hydroxide, and sodium chloride. The front of the bottle reads: For sensitive skin, free of dye, lanolin, fragrance, masking fragrance, protein, parabens, formaldehyde & other preservative, sulfate-free and gluten-free.

      1. Lauren

        Hi, thanks so much for this article, you have no idea how it’s helped. I do have a question, could you cite where retinoids help with mast cell stabilization in adults? I found a study that says it does in embryo but am hesitant to try it if it doesn’t in adults. Thanks!

        1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

          Hi Lauren,
          Most of the references can be found toward the bottom of the blog post. We don’t typically indicate them with numbers corresponding to a foot note, but the references used are there. Thank you for your interest in Mast Cell 360!


  15. Danielle

    Thank you so much for all of this helpful information… Just curious if you have any other curly haired folks out there… I have really thick curly hair and was wondering what products other people with mast cell use? Looking for shampoo, conditioner and gel options?

  16. Tiff

    Hello. What mosquito/insect repellant do you recommend?

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Tiff,
      You can try the Repel Plant Based Deet Free. It uses essential oils so if you are sensitive to those, this won’t be for you. It does a good job of repelling mosquitos in my experience. Here is a link: https://amzn.to/3vzefP2

  17. Laurie Moser

    This is a wonderful article, as they all are. Do you know if broccoli seed oil contains salicylates, oxylates, or lectins? I’m sensitive to ALL of them, in addition to having MCAS and histamine intolerance! Aren’t you glad you’re not me? 🙂

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      HI Laurie,
      Beth said that this is No Oxalate and No Lectin. We are unsure about the salicylate levels.

  18. Angela

    What do you think of Carina products? Shampoo and conditioner, etc?

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Angela,
      This isn’t a line we are familiar with so we can’t say one way or another. Just be sure to check the ingredients for toxic triggers we talked about in the article. You can also use this link to check products: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep

  19. Mom2one

    Hi Beth,

    I just wanted to give an update. I’m still happy with and find I’m getting some much needed relief with the Alywillow products. Maybe because they are made purely from plants (none of the problematic ingredients you mention) and no synthetic fragrances or ingredients, no parabans, phthalates, sulfates, etc. Just plants! They even make an Unscented formula without any essential oils. The only “scent” is from the plants themselves! I love the bar cleansers and use them to even wash my hair! They have 5 different levels of moisturizers depending on skin type, including Level 5 which is a body butter containing the Shea butter you recommend. I have finally found the products that help to support my mast cells! And because they are made with bioavailable plants and minerals, my body absorbs the nutrients that can help support my nervous system, digestion and respiratory as well as therapeutic formulas to help balance my hormones. I’ve used a lot of the products you recommend and more in the past, but Alywillow is really like NOTHING I’ve ever used before! Sorry for sounding like an ad…lol..but I’m so HAPPY to have found hygiene products that work for me! 😊 Please consider checking them out: allywillow.com/breatheinblossoms
    I just wanted to share in case it might help someone else. Thank you again for this article and raising awareness for MCAS.

  20. George Cooper

    Hello, thanks so much for this article. It is absolutely brilliant. I have managed to source most of it in the UK. But I can’t get hold of the shampoo. Do you know of any in the UK (long shot I know)? Or if not, what a should generally be searching for? Thanks again!

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi George,
      Thank you so much for letting us know the article was helpful. You can use this website: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep to search any product you have available to you. I did a search for “best natural shampoo england” and many options showed up. I went to the first article that wasn’t an ad and put in a few of the items into the ewg site. It recognized those products and had ratings (some were better than others.) I can’t really recommend any since we haven’t used those products ourselves to know, though. However, ewg is a good resource and a good place to start. I hope this helps. Suz, MC360

  21. Deb

    Hi Beth/Suz,

    I don’t think I saw any recommendations for laundry detergent. Sorry if I missed it. Do you have any? I feel like the products that work for me don’t clean the clothes well or have a funny scent. Thanks!

  22. Jill Murray

    Wow, you are such an amazing and generous person. Thank you so much for your research and observation and for recommendations. I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day. You rock!!

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Thank you so much, Jill! I’ll be sure to pass your message on to Beth!

  23. @m.e_and_more

    Big tip: if you need to try out a bunch of oils and butters for moisturizers go to a soap making website to buy them. You can get a much better price. You can also often find soap “bases” aka the minimum ingredients necessary for a functioning shampoo / conditioner / lotion that are fragrance free and then only add things that are safe for you. (Note make sure you check ingredients on the soap bases still, you still might be sensitive to something in it)

  24. Melanie

    Thank you for this article. I am reacting to products I thought were “Pure” but I see now why!

    I have a question- you didn’t address beeswax. I can have some pollens etc… so is this something to avoid, or not a problem for MCAS. Thank you.

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Melanie,
      Thanks for reaching out. We can’t say for sure since we don’t know what you would be using beeswax for or what your sensitivities are. If you and your provider think this is ok, you may just start very small. Honey isn’t recommended for ingestion, but topically, it tends to be fine. It may be the same with beeswax, but again, without knowing your history, we can’t say for sure.


  25. Jamie

    Hi 🙂

    I’m looking for sunscreen which is safe for HIT and MCAS (at very least destabilized mast cells).

    The ones at 100percentpure.com does contain a lot of the no-no ingredients listed above.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated 🙂


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