The European Commission has said that a preservative widely used in leave-on cosmetic products is not safe for consumers. It’s called Methylisothiazolinone (or MI) and is used in products including moisturisers, make-up, hair products and wipes.
The Commission published a report on Wednesday 18th December which recommends that Methylisothiazolinone should no longer be used, and skin specialists blame it for what they call a ‘meteoric rise’ in eczema. It has been legally permitted for use in leave-on and rinse-off skin products at 100 parts per million since 2005. However, due to an increase in the number of products containing MI, and consequently the increased consumer exposure, people have started to develop contact allergies to it in the last few years.
At The Apothecary Room we use only natural ingredients and no preservatives. We believe passionately that the more natural the product, the more health-giving benefits it has. MI is a severe irritant and you can hear one person’s experience of it, as well as an expert dermatologist’s view on the Radio 4 Consumer Programme You and Yours here.