Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Dermatitis Linked to Preservative in Moisturizers

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Dermatitis Linked to Preservative in Moisturizers

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Dermatitis Linked To Preservative In Moisturizers

A preservative used internationally in moisturizing cosmetics is responsible for a "continuing epidemic" of allergic skin reactions in both the United States and Europe, according to Dutch and British researchers.

The preservative, known as Kathon CG, is made by the Philadelphia firm of Rohm and Haas, and has been used in cosmetics for about 10 years at very low concentrations (3 to 15 parts per million) to inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeasts, and fungi. It is employed in shampoos, body gels, bubble baths, skin creams, and lotions. But recently it has been found to be a "major cause of cosmetic allergy," said Dutch dermatologist Anton C. DeGroot, M.D., of Carolus & Willem-Alexander Hospital, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

In 15 different U.S. and European studies, when patients were tested for allergic dermatitis, the product was implicated in 2.9% of cases in Finland, 5.7% in Germany, and up to 8. …

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