It is estimated that 1 in every 10 people affected with eczema or dermatitis is allergic to a preserviative known as MI, or to give this preservative it’s proper name methylisothiazolinone.

Doctors call for a ban on face cream chemical blamed for an epidemic of skin allergies

Doctors call for a ban on face cream chemical blamed for an epidemic of skin allergies

Methylisothiazolinone has been increasingly used in a range of products since 2005 and is used to extend the shelf life of such products. It is added to product such as moisturisers, sun screens, shampoos etc.

Doctors and dermatologists are now calling for a ban on this chemical in face creams.

You can read more about this story in The Mail Online and would love to know what you think …



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2 Responses to Doctors call for a ban on face cream chemical blamed for an epidemic of skin allergies

  1. For just over a year I’ve been struggling with an eczema-like / dermatitis rash in the eyelids, around the lips, abdomen area and the back of my right hand. I tried several medicated creams and they helped control the problem, but the rash flares up on and off. The worst was during last fall when the scaling eyelids and lips cracked causing a bit of pain.

    I did some specialized allergy testing and was treated for molds. That did little to help the problem. A dermatologist had me do the “patch testing”. The test involved the application of about 7 sticky patches, containing a total of 50 common allergens, to my back under adhesive tape. These were left in place for 48 hours, then removed and left alone for another 48 hours and then the skin reaction was assessed. The worst part of this testing is that the back cannot be wetted (no showering or bathing). Out of the 50 allergens they concluded that I’m allergic to methylchloroisothiazolinone, a chemical preservative with antibacterial and antifungal effects found in many water-based personal care products and cosmetics.

    So far I found one culprit product at home – liquid hand soap, brand Life, a product of Shopper’s Drug Mart. This is a brand that I first started using around the time I started noticing the rash. Hopefully, this is the only culprit in the house.

    At the hospital clinic, I was given an information sheet about methylchloroisothiazolinone. This chemical is identified by different names, including: MIT, 2-Methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolone, 2-Methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one. Also, there are a number of biocides containing methylchloroisothiazolinone (just google this).

    Become familiar with these names and READ YOUR LABELS WELL. It will save skin problems, time to see doctors and money in testing and medications.

    (April 2014)

    on April 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm Manuela Neto

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