New MI Allergy Resource Launched

Methylisothiazolinone (MI) and other isothiazolinones are preservatives commonly found in cosmetics, wet wipes, household cleaning products, paints, varnishes, and air fresheners. Thousands of people are allergic to these preservatives; in fact, allergy to it is becoming so prevalent that it has been called an ‘epidemic’. MI allergy is particularly common among sufferers of eczema, affecting up to 1 in 10 of those with the condition.

MI allergy sufferers can experience debilitating and painful inflammations or rashes on the skin when exposed to MI. But, as Alex Gazzola, editor of has said, people diagnosed with MI allergy are ?typically told to avoid the ingredient, and sent on their way?. He went on to say that ?it?s not always easy to spot among cosmetic ingredients lists, and some household products ? such as laundry detergents and fabric softeners ? are difficult to find in MI-free versions. Certain products, such as paints, aren?t required to be labelled as containing MI either. It?s a minefield.?

MI Free has been set up to help MI allergy sufferers to navigate that minefield. It offers directories of safe brands and products, research news, reviews, and information on labelling laws and product launches – in the UK, US, Canada and further afield.

Source: MI Free Press Release dated 05.03.2016

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