While here at Restorsea we’re naturally-derived and ethically-minded (which is to say we NEVER test products on animals – and, in fact we don’t even have allergens in our ingredients), the same can’t be said for other brands.

Other companies make use of animal testing because allergic contact dermatitis is the most prevalent form of immunotoxicity in humans, however, according to a new test by Chemical Research in Toxicology’s Bruno Miguel Neves that may all soon change.

A proposed alternative test enlists genes and signaling pathways from mouse skin cells that have grown in controlled laboratory environments. Exposure to skin sensitizers triggers characteristic responses, activating genes and making cells release substances that communicate with adjacent cells.

If fully realized, this test may replace animal testing for cosmetic and other allergen-containing products.

Read the complete story at Science Daily.

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