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About NEA Seal of Acceptance™

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As a service to individuals and the corporate community, to encourage and recognize product innovations that provide benefits, and improve the quality of life for people with eczema and sensitive skin, the National Eczema Association has established the Seal of Acceptance™ program. We accept applications from products in the following categories:

  • Cleansers
  • Clothing and Fabrics
  • Disposable Wipes
  • Hair Care products
  • Household Products
  • Moisturizers
  • OTC drugs
  • Sunscreens

Benefits to consumers

The Seal of Acceptance™ helps individuals recognize products that are suitable for care of eczema or sensitive skin. Many consumers already have some awareness of the importance of avoiding certain ingredients, contents and formulations when they are purchasing personal care products, household products, fabrics, and Sunscreens.

Consumers often rely on information displayed on packaging to guide their purchase choice. The presence of the NEA Seal of Acceptance™ logo will empower consumers to make informed purchase decisions to help manage eczema and sensitive skin.

Benefits to Manufacturers

Products awarded the Seal of Acceptance™ become aligned with the preeminent, professional, non-profit health organization whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema through research, support and education. The marketing benefits of participation include:

  • The use of the Seal of Acceptance™ logo on accepted product packaging, in advertisements, promotions, social media and product webpage.
  • Inclusion on a list of accepted products to appear on the NEA website product directory and NEA publications.
  • Distinct National Eczema Association recognition.

To receive more information about the Seal of Acceptance™ application process, please read our FAQ page.

Seal of Acceptance™ Star Rating

The Seal of Acceptance™ awards accepted products either a five or four-star rating. This is based on the product’s ingredients, formulation, and submitted clinical safety testing. A product awarded five stars does not contain ingredients that are currently thought to have a sensitizing impact for eczema patients. Products awarded four stars contain ingredients that may be of concern to certain individuals, but perfectly acceptable for most. Ingredients of concern will be noted in the product review of a product in the Seal of Acceptance directory.

NEA Seal of Acceptance™ criteria includes a list of ingredients that should be avoided because they contain known irritants. Depending on the product, the NEA Seal of Acceptance™ Review Panel considers testing data on sensitivity as well as the ingredients and formulation data.

Tips for Choosing a Product

Finding a product that works for you or someone you care for can be a challenge. What works for one person may not work for another. As the condition of your skin changes so can the effectiveness of a product. A manufacturer may also change the formulation of a product from one year to the next. Take the following steps when introducing a new product to your skin.

  • If you know you are allergic to a particular ingredient check the label before you buy.
  • Review the list of products that have received the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance™.
  • The first time you apply a new product use a small amount (about the size of a pea) to the pulse of your wrist or the crook of your elbow. Do not wash the area for 24-48 hours and watch for any allergic reaction such as redness, a rash, any form of breakouts on the skin, itchiness, pain, flaking etc.

To learn more about ingredient safety, visit the Cosmetic Ingredient Review and Cosmetics Info.

Seal of Acceptance™ Product Directory

The product directory contains a listing of products which have received the Seal of Acceptance™. Products eligible for the Seal of Acceptance™ are those that have been created or intended for use by persons with eczema or severe sensitive skin conditions and that have satisfied the Seal of Acceptance™ criteria.

The Seal of Acceptance™ criteria includes a list of ingredients and contents that should be avoided because they contain known irritants. Depending on the product, the Seal of Acceptance™ Review Panel considers testing data on sensitivity, safety, and toxicity, as well as the ingredients, content, and formulation data.

Acceptance of a specific product does not represent an endorsement of that product. Acceptance of a product means that the product has been evaluated to determine that it does not contain ingredients or contents that are known to be unsuitable for use by persons with eczema or sensitive skin conditions.

The National Eczema Association makes no representation or warranty regarding any of the accepted products; including without limitation any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.

We update our product directory of eczema products as new items are released – check back regularly for information on new products for eczema symptoms

Special Note: Nut oils and some natural ingredients can raise allergy issues for some individuals and be of concern for pediatric patients. Each Seal of Acceptance™ review will alert consumers to the presence of nut oils and similar natural ingredients. Please contact your medical professional for guidance.

Consumer Feedback

The National Eczema Association requests your feedback on any product used to treat eczema or sensitive skin. Please use our online contact form or contact us at:

National Eczema Association
505 San Marin Dr, Suite B300
Novato, CA 94945