Researchers led by Australia’s Monash University Director of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine Robyn O’Hehir have reportedly shown that “natural” cosmetic products targeting dry skin often contain allergenic ingredients, such as goat’s milk, cow’s milk, nut oils, and oats, and their use could increase the risk of developing a food allergy. Astrid Voskamp, et al., “Goat’s cheese anaphylaxis after cutaneous sensitization by moisturizer that contained goat’s milk,” The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, June 2014. The research highlights the experience of a 55-year-old woman who reportedly had a life-threatening reaction from consuming goat cheese, which the researchers say was triggered by her repeated use several months earlier of a moisturizer containing goat’s milk. O’Hehir said, “While unlikely to be a problem for most people, application of these [products] to broken or eczematous skin may lead to a severe allergic reaction when the food is next eaten. To ensure allergies don’t develop, if you have eczema, it’s important to use skin care that is bland and avoid agents capable of sensitization, especially food.” See Monash University News Release, June 19, 2014.