A latest report from dermatologists in the UK showed that many skin care products, such as face creams, soaps, shampoos and other personal care items, contain the chemical methylisothiazolinone (MI), a known preservative that may actually be triggering eczema and allergies. MI is present in many substances for years. There is a move by regulators to have this chemical banned, as it effects may prove to be toxic in the long run.
MI is currently classified as safe and non-toxic in Europe and the US. But the report stated that many people have come forward with negative reactions with products found to have MI. According to the news, this has reached a point where it has become out of control, which is why a group of dermatologists have acted on it and is seeking to change laws that will eventually ban the chemical.
According to one dermatologist, Dr. John McFadden of the St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, “We are in the midst of an outbreak of allergy to a preservative which we have not seen before in terms of scale in our lifetime. Many of our patients have suffered acute dermatitis with redness and swelling of the face. I would ask the cosmetics industry not to wait for legislation but to get on and address the problem before the situation gets worse.”
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