What is PHENOXYETHANOL
Phenoxyethanol is a commonly used chemical preservative in cosmetics and personal care products, including skincare, shampoos, lotions, and makeup. Its primary purpose is to inhibit harmful bacteria's growth and extend these products' shelf life. However, concerns have been raised about its potential impact on human health.
Phenoxyethanol can cause skin and eye irritation, particularly when used in higher concentrations. Some individuals with sensitive skin may experience redness, itching, or mild dermatitis due to exposure to phenoxyethanol. While it is generally considered safe for use in cosmetics at low concentrations, reports of adverse reactions have prompted regulatory agencies to establish guidelines on its use.
[U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (2008). "Phenoxyethanol." https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/phenoxyethanol-safety-concerns]