Is there a safer alternative to Methylisothiazolinone?
Methylisothiazolinone is a widely-used preservative in many personal care products, specifically many hair care products. It has been associated with lung toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity. The European Union ban Methylisothiazolinone as preservatives in leave-on cosmetic products in 2016. However, it is not banned in the United States yet. How do we get the US to eliminate the use of Methylisothiazolinone in personal care products, specifically hair care? Is there a safer alternative manufacturers can use instead of this harmful preservative?
Melissa, your question as pertains to "how do we get the US to eliminate the use of Methylisothiazolinone in personal care products, specifically hair care?" is probably best addressed by a regulatory expert. To your question about safer alternatives, here's some options to consider: http://www.iscauk.com/MI_free_cosmetic_preservatives.php
If you would like to research your question beyond this, a more comprehensive technology search may be appropriate (FYI, it's what my company does).
Some of other preservatives used in cosmetics products are
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Diazolidinyl urea
- DMDM hydantoin
- Methyl and ethyl parabens mixture (1:2)
- Phenethyl alcohol, caprylyl glycol mixture
- Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin mixture
- INCI: 1,2-Hexanediol
- Caprylyl Glycol
- and, Combinations
Selecting an appropriate preservative depends on
- Formulation compatibility
- Type of cosmetics
- Region of Application area on body
- Regulations and market