PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT CHEMICALS: Preservatives in Cosmetics/Sanitary Products Linked to Allergic Reactions of Epidemic Proportions—New Study
"Sources of exposure were diverse, including moist tissue wipes, cleaners, toners, shower gel, shave foam, mascara, hair products and washing up liquid."
Beauty Lotions, Other Household Products Accused Of Causing Skin Allergy
Itching, hives, redness, and facial swelling are common symptoms linked to the use of certain beauty lotions and sanitary products.
…dermatologists have connected two key preservatives in many cosmetic and sanitary products to cases of acute allergic contact dermatitis.
The preservatives known as MI and MCI have been found in Nivea skin lotion, some L’Oréal creams, and Wet Ones cleaning wipes, not to mention other varieties of mascara and shower gels. The majority of the allergic reactions occurred in women over the age of 40, with exposure to the preservatives resulting in facial swelling, hives, itching, and redness…
The American Contact Dermatitis Society named MI “contact allergen of the year” for 2013, in order to generate awareness of the preservative’s potentially harmful effects.
The preservatives MI and MCI have been used since the 1980s in more industrial products, such as wall paint, and have only recently started to appear in cosmetic products. The preservatives full names are methylisothiazolinone (MI) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI).
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