What is FORMALDEHYDE AND FORMALDEHYDE RELEASING PRODUCTS
Formaldehyde is a chemical compound used in various cosmetic and personal care products, primarily as a preservative to extend shelf life. Formaldehyde-releasing products, on the other hand, are substances that slowly release formaldehyde over time to provide antimicrobial properties and prevent spoilage. Both formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing products have raised concerns about their potential health risks.
Formaldehyde is a known irritant and allergen and can cause skin, eye, and respiratory irritation in some individuals. It has also been classified as a human carcinogen by organizations like the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) when exposure levels are high, such as in occupational settings. While formaldehyde-releasing products are designed to release formaldehyde in lower amounts, there is still debate and concern over their safety, especially with repeated exposure.
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