Anaphylaxis alert over 'natural' skincare products

'Natural' skincare products can cause food allergen sensitisation and severe anaphylactic reactions when applied to broken skin, allergists warn.

GPs are being urged to recommend bland skincare products for patients with conditions such as eczema in the wake of reports linking anaphylaxis to soaps and moisturisers containing goat's milk and oatmeal.

Researchers from Monash University have reported two cases where patients with eczema used goat's milk skin products and later had severe anaphylaxis requiring adrenaline after eating goat's cheese,