Discrepancies and mislabeling of preservatives found in cosmetic products in the Philippines

The study analyzed a collection of 65 personal care products from local and international manufacturers, which included moisturizers, face cleansers, sunscreens and shampoos.

The products were subsequently chemically tested for the presence of methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI), methylisothiazolinone (MI) and formaldehyde and discrepancies were found in the information provided on the labels.

“There were discrepancies in the preservatives and labeling of these products, with most of the Filipino products studied inaccurately labeled with varying concentrations of preservatives.”Bound

Preservatives are added to cosmetic products to prevent the growth of microbes and prevent destabilization and degradation of the product.

Researchers noted that preservatives are particularly important in the Philippines due to the hot and humid tropical climate, which makes fungi, viruses or bacteria thrive.

According to the study, the preservatives commonly used in the Philippines are MCI, MI, formaldehyde and parabens.

However, the researchers highlighted interest in the link between MCI, MI and formaldehyde and the prevalence of contact dermatitis.

“It is important to establish and confirm the use of these preservatives in an effort to better identify possible causes and more accurate treatment of dermatitis.”Bound

Inaccuracies abound

For this study, 65 products were chosen based on their availability and accessibility in local grocery stores and pharmacies.

“There is a large margin of inaccuracy found in the labels, which leaves a big question as to the uncertainty of the true components found in Philippine cosmetic products. This creates a problem in identifying and confirming a diagnosis of contact dermatitis due to preservatives or other ingredients for that matter. “Bound

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