What is it?
There are a number of personal care product ingredients that release formaldehyde. These chemicals continue to slowly release formaldehyde during their life. The off-gasses from these chemicals are inhaled by the user of the product. There are many health concerns about formaldehyde as it is an immune system toxicant, skin irritant and probable carcinogen.
What is it in?
Chemicals that release formaldehyde are found in hair care products, hair colouring, moisturizers, eye shadow, mascara, foundation, blush and nail products.
How to Identify and Avoid
When checking product ingredients for formaldehyde releasing agents look for: DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methenamine, Quaternium-15 and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate. There are many natural options for cosmetics and personal care products that won’t include these harmful chemicals.