I read and replied to that thread at the beauty Tech...........
We had this posted before on here too..........so to get it right the last time I wrote to the allergy foundation here in the UK............ They specialise in advice and guidlines for allergy sufferers......................
If an allergy is very severe it is best in my oppinion to choose an alternative.........because if something does happen, who would get the blame..........we would!
So here is the email I received:
Subj: RE: NUT ALLERGY
Date: 02/04/2003 10:47:13 GMT Standard Time
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent from the Internet (Details)
Hello Ruth & Faye
Thank you for your enquiry.
Refined oils are not usually a problem for people with nut allergies as the nut protein is broken down in the refining process but this is not a 100% guarantee. Unfortunately, many of the oils used in the cosmetic industry are not refined oils.
For anyone who has a severe nut allergy, it can only take 1 molecule of the allergen to trigger the reaction. You will also need to bear in mind that traces of oil could remain on surfaces within the treatment room so thorough cleaning measures would need to be in place to avoid cross contamination.
As well as almond oil, there might be other nut oils which might need to be avoided. One to watch out for is Arachis (peanut) oil. Please also note that some people can be allergic to peaches, avocados and grapes, too, although the nut allergies tend to be more severe reactions.
Probably your best course of action is to find out from your clients whether they have any allergies and the severity of their reaction and be guided by them. Couple this with very good hygiene policies to avoid possible cross contamination.
Deputy Information Manager
Office: 020 8303 8525
Helpline: 020 8303 8583