16 December 2013

Ban on chemical irritant used in skin creams - Methylisothiazolinone (MI)

Beauty product companies have been told to stop using a chemical irritant in some products after an explosion in cases of allergic reactions and eczema.
The chemical, a preservative called Methylisothiazolinone (MI or MIT), is routinely added to moisturisers, sun creams, shampoos  and wet wipes.
Skin experts in the UK and around the world have picked up a large number of allergic reactions they believe are caused by the chemical.
Now, Cosmetics Europe, the European cosmetics trade association, has told its members to remove MI from products that are left on the skin.

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