Various preservatives are used to prevent microbial contamination in cosmetic products. Some of these preservatives can sometimes pose a danger to human health. One of the preservatives that can cause allergic reactions, especially redness, irritation, etc. on the skin, is formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde can be found in many cosmetic products such as shampoo, shower gel, nail polish, etc. Prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can trigger asthma and make breathing difficult.
The limit value of formaldehyde in the Cosmetic Preservatives List is set at 0.1% (as free formaldehyde) for oral care products and 0.2% (as free formaldehyde) for other products.
All end products containing formaldehyde must carry a warning that "contains formaldehyde". Due to its risks, consumers may turn to products that do not contain formaldehyde.
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