According to a recent dailymail.co.uk article, experts claim a chemical used in many cosmetics is the source of severe allergic reactions. Leading physicians are calling for the removal of methylisothiazolinone - a chemical preservative.
Nashville, TN -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/15/2013 -- Consumers are reporting severe allergic reactions to cosmetics containing methylisothiazolinone (MI), including swelling of the face, itchy eyes, rashes and blisters. One woman on vacation in Spain claimed her skin irritation due to MI was so severe that she spent two days in a Spanish hospital where she was given antihistamines and steroids before the symptoms disappeared. Major cosmetic manufactures Johnson & Johnson and Molton Brown have promised to remove MI from at least some of their products while other manufactures like Sanctuary, L'Oreal and Nivea are being advised by experts to take quick action as reports of extreme allergic reactions increase.
Consumer awareness of the dangers of chemical preservatives and especially methylisothiazolinone is increasing and many are curtailing cosmetic use or looking for natural cosmetics alternatives. Only a percentage of users of cosmetics with MI are reporting allergic reactions, but Dermatologists normally only expect an allergic response to any particular cosmetic ingredient at a rate of 1 or 2 percent. Reactions to MI however, are being reported at a rate of over 10 percent. Dr Ian White, from St Thomas’ Hospital in London, has said: 'The frequency of reactions to MI is unprecedented in my experience...'
Presumed dangers hidden in the use of cosmetics are not limited to MI. Chemicals that can affect the function of hormones as well as coal tar, benzene and formaldehyde, are among the questionable ingredients found in commercial cosmetics. It is not surprising that and increasing number women, (and men) are looking into less expensive natural hypoallergenic cosmetics derived from whole food and organic herbs.
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