Big cosmetics brands under fire as ‘banned’ methylisothiazolinone found in several products

Big cosmetics brands under fire as ‘banned’ methylisothiazolinone found in several products

Some of the beauty industry’s biggest names have come under attack for continuing to use a preservative thought to cause allergic reactions in eczema patients, just weeks before a Europe-wide ban comes into effect.

Methylisothiazolinone (MI) can cause rashes and swelling in those with sensitive skin and was banned from use in leave-in products by the European Commission in September, 2014. The measure applies to products placed on the market after July 16, 2015.

According to a name-and-shame-report in The Daily Mail, the preservative was found in leave-in products by Clarins, Decléor (L’Oréal), Nivea (Beiersdorf), Clinique (Estée Lauder) Neutrogena (J&J), Dove (Unilever), Pantene (P&G) and Colgate, among others.

Dr David Orton of the British Association of Dermatologists told the newspaper: “The lack of urgency some manufacturers have shown in removing MI from products is hugely disappointing. Consumers should be aware of the inertia of the manufacturers.”

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