Two chemicals found in commonly used beauty products are being blamed for an epidemic of skin allergies. MI, which is short for methylisothiazolinone, and MCI, which is short for methylchloroisothiazolinone; are both preservatives added to products to prevent unwanted growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungi.
Over recent years, dermatologists have seen a rise in the number of cases of allergic reactions. Exposures to these preservatives cause facial swelling, itching, redness, and hives. There has also been a rise in the amount of people diagnosed with eczema and other types of contact dermatitis. These reactions can be painful and unsightly.
These chemicals are widely found in shampoos, moisturizers, shaving creams, shower gels, and even baby wipes.
Products that contain the ingredients include Nivea body lotion and facial cleaning wipes, Wet Ones, Piz Buin 1 Day Long Lotion and L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew moisturizer.
Reps for both L’Oréal and Wet Ones say their products are safe.
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