Propylene Glycol A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. In the skin and hair, propylene glycol works as a humectant, which causes retention of moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water. The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.
Known health effects: Eye irritation, skin irritation, skin drying, defatting. Ingestion has serious health effects similar to above. Propylene glycol is Commonly found in: makeup detangler mascara bubble bath toner shampoo styling mousse soap Baby powder after shave Deodorant cleansing cream skin cream Conditioner baby wipes
Also in: Tire sealant Stain removers Paint Rubber cleaner Fabric softener Adhesive De-icer Degreaser Wallpaper stripper FROM: http://www.personalhealthfacts.com/personal-care/ Every day you probably dowse yourself with the same harmful, corrosive ingredients found in brake fluid, degreasers and anti-freeze. Many soaps, shampoos, bubble bath, cosmetics, and toothpastes are loaded with such chemicals. Unfortunately, the FDA has very few regulations to protect consumers from the ingredients used by the cosmetic and personal care industries.
The FDA has no right to approve ingredients, or require companies to do safety testing of their products, prior to their release into the marketplace. Therefore, over 800 chemicals available for use in cosmetics have been reported to the government as toxic substances. The name of one of these chemicals is Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is a colorless viscous hygroscopic liquid CH3CH (OH) CH20H, used in anti-freeze solutions, brake and hydraulic fluids, paints and coatings, floor waxes, laundry detergents, solvents, cosmetics, toothpastes, shampoos, deodorants and lotions.
The reason it is used in personal care products is because Propylene Glycol serves as a Humectant, which is a substance that helps retain moisture. It therefore makes the skin feel moist and soft and the products do not dry out. The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for Propylene Glycol state that this chemical is implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities.
It can inhibit cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage. The acute effects of exposure to Propylene Glycol as listed on the MSDS states that it may be harmful by inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption. Exposure may also cause eye irritation, skin irritation, gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache and vomiting, and Central Nervous System depression.
FROM: http://antiagingchoices.com/harmful_ingredients/propylene_glycol.htm Propylene Glycol (PG, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), and Ethylene Glycol (EG are all petroleum derivatives that act as solvents, surfactants, and wetting agents. They can easily penetrate the skin, and can weaken protein and cellular structure. In fact, PG penetrates the skin so quickly that the EPA warns factory workers to avoid skin contact, to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. PG is present in many stick deodorants, often in heavier concentration than in most industrial applications. (Nyack, Dr. Vin, Ph.D., Biochemist; personal communication). And Propylene Glycol is what is used to carry the "active" ingredients in those transdermal patches INTO YOUR BODY.
Imagine a bottle of Anti-Freeze in a picture with shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, lotions and toothpastes. The question you should be asking is.... What's “antifreeze” doing IN my shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, lotions and toothpaste? Yes, the main ingredient in anti-freeze is in all of these products. Shocked? You should be! You need to understand what it could do to your health ...
PROPYLENE GLYCOL is a colorless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid CH3CHOHCH20H, used in anti-freeze solutions, in hydraulic fluids, and as a solvent. Also called "Propanediol" American Heritage Encyclopedia Dictionary.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL is used in: Anti-Freeze De-Icer Pet Food Brake and Hydraulic Fluid Floor Wax Tobacco Paints and Coatings Laundry Detergents Cosmetics Toothpastes Shampoos Deodorants Processed Foods Lotions And many more personal care items Check out your body lotions, deodorant, hair conditioner, hair gel, creams, and many more products!
Propylene Glycol serves as a Humectant - a substance that helps retain moisture content, or simply -it prevents things from drying out. That's why some pet foods are soft and chewy. This, of course, is a good reason it's in cosmetics and other personal care items. It makes the skin feel moist and soft. And, the products don't dry out.
Propylene Glycol is also found in baby wipes and even some processed foods! Go Ahead, check your labels!
A published clinical review showed Propylene Glycol causes a significant number of reactions and was a primary irritant to the skin even in low levels of concentrations. The American Academy of Dermatologists, Inc; Jan. 1991
In 1938, the FDA grandfathered the use of several ingredients as safe for personal care items, with restrictions of course. Based on what? There were no studies on repeated exposure over time.
The problem is PROPYLENE GLYCOL may be absorbed through the skin. Studies have shown SYSTEMIC retention (residue throughout).
FROM: http://www.health-report.co.uk!ethylene_glycol--propylene_glyco1.html Much has been made by promoters of safe non toxic personal care toiletries and cosmetics of the dangers of known toxic chemicals such as Propylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol, a related chemical. Although exposure to high levels of Propylene Glycol is known to cause serious and potentially irreversible health conditions, the chemical industry tell us that "small" quantities or low level exposure of Propylene Glycol is "safe" to use on the skin and in food. According to the safety data sheets of industrial chemical manufacturers, chemicals such as Ethylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol will cause serious health conditions, including liver and heart damage and damage to the central nervous system if a sufficient amount is absorbed by the body.
YOU make your own mind UP about putting a toxic chemical such as propylene glycol on your skin every day or eating food with it in. (Cigarette manufacturers denied any health risks associated with toxic chemicals contained in cigarette smoke for over 25 years! Could toxic Chemicals we are exposed to on an everyday basis be the next "tobacco scandal"?)
FROM: http://www. atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts96.html How can ethylene glycol and propylene glycol affect my health? Eating or drinking very large amounts of ethylene glycol can result in death, while large amounts can result in nausea, convulsions, slurred speech, disorientation, and heart and kidney problems. Female animals that ate large amounts of ethylene glycol had babies with birth defects, while male animals had reduced sperm counts. However, these effects were seen at very high levels and would not be expected in people exposed to lower levels at hazardous waste sites. Ethylene glycol affects the body's chemistry by increasing the amount of acid, resulting in metabolic problems. Similar to ethylene glycol, propylene glycol increases the amount of acid in the body. However, larger amounts of propylene glycol are needed to cause this effect.