EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER
GUIDE TO INGREDIENTS TO AVOID

The Seal of Acceptance may be awarded to products that do not contain ingredients known to irritate eczema or sensitive skin. The following list of irritants and contact allergens is presented as a guide only, as there are other ingredient categories such as vehicle components, surfactants, chemical sun blocks, preservatives and natural ingredients (oils, plant and food products) that require specific review. Formula concentration levels are also considered in the evaluation. The Seal of Acceptance Review Panel may require additional data to determine suitability.

Preservatives:
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI)
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MI)
  • benzoic acid
  • sorbic acid
  • lactic acid
  • formaldehyde
  • methyldibromo glutaronitrile
Formaldehyde releasers:
  • quaternium-15
  • 2 bromo 1-3 nitropropane diol
  • diazolidinyl urea
  • imidazolidinyl urea
  • DMDM hydantoin
Penetrants:
  • low-molecular weight glycols
    (in high concentration levels)
  • hydroxyl acids retinoids
Abrasives:
  • benzoyl perioxide
  • urea
  • mica
  • silica
  • bismuth oxychloride
  • polyethylene beads
Volatile Solvents:
  • ethanol
  • volatile propellants
Fragrance:
  • colognes
  • herb extracts
  • masking fragrance
  • perfume
Dyes:
  • D and C yellow #11
  • F, D and C blue #1
  • F, D and C yellow #5 (tartrazine)

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