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Pol J Cosmetol 2020, 23(2): 70-76enadd to cart

Allergies to selected preservatives

Jacek Arct 1/, Aurelia Chartonowicz 2/, Katarzyna Pytkowska 3/

1/ Fundacja dr Seidla w Warszawie
2/ Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa Kosmetyki i Pielęgnacji Zdrowia w Warszawie
3/ Uczelnia Medyczna im. Marii Skłodowskiej Curie w Warszawie

Contact allergies to cosmetics are becoming more and more common. One of the reasons is a presence of the preservatives added to cosmetics to increase their durability. EU authorities responsible for the safety of cosmetics treat the problem of allergy sometimes with improper attention. An example of this is problem of the isothiazolinones. Until recently, these were one of the most popular preservatives, despite numerous signals about allergenic activity of these compounds coming from serious scientific centers. Methylisothiazolinone and methyl chloroisothiazolinone, initially considered to be completely safe, were gradually withdrawn from cosmetics, until finally at the beginning of 2018 were completely banned. Nevertheless, methylisothiazlonone and other isothiazolinone derivatives that cause cross-sensitization are still used in household chemistry products. This is one of the causation of the so called epidemic allergy to cosmetics.

Key words: cosmetics, allergy, preservatives, isotiazolinone, articles of use