According to the 2007 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) analysis of covert components in cosmetics and personal care products, 95% of baby wipes may be possibly infected with harmful chemicals. To puts it simply, 95% of baby wipes consist of active ingredients that have the potential to be contaminated and thus have hidden active ingredients, in that the contamination itself basically ends up being an active ingredient that is not disclosed.
Are Hidden Ingredients in Baby Wipes Dangerous?
These covert components, which include pollutants, impurities and by-products of making procedures can happen in several ways. First, they can take place as part of the manufacturing procedure. Second, they can be launched when a product is in a bottle or other kind of package by style. Third, a surprise ingredient can be a part of the mix or mixture and the law does not need the disclosure of the blend/mixture. Forth, the item’s components can break down and form a pollutant. In this post, we will concentrate on the first three types of concealed active ingredients
Regrettably, the FDA does not need these types of surprise components to be revealed on item labels and, thus, consumers do not know if their products are infected. One method to be particular that you are not purchasing an infected item is to avoid items with active ingredients that may be potentially infected or designed to launch another substance. That’s where this blog site comes in convenient!
Here are some examples of surprise active ingredients to look out for when purchasing baby wipes.
Formaldehyde, among the concealed ingredients
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized formaldehyde as a carcinogen. The International Company for Research on Cancer has actually specified formaldehyde as “carcinogenic to humans.”
The Environmental Working Group has provided it the greatest (i.e. worst) rating for its negative health impact. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are connected with widespread allergic contact dermatitis.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, allergic contact dermatitis is a kind of eczema that develops on the skin as an outcome of allergic reaction. Allergic contact dermatitis typically develops a couple of hours after the allergen (i.e. the compound to which the person is allergic) touches the skin and causes symptoms. The symptoms of exposure to formaldehyde might include the following:
- ” Itchy, swollen, and red skin or dry and rough skin
- Blisters might establish if the reaction is more severe
- Blisters may break, leaving crusts and scales
- Skin might later on flake and split
- With long-term exposure to an allergen, the skin becomes thick, red, and scaly.
- With time, the skin can darken and end up being leathery.”
Formaldehyde is a powerful chemical and a concentration of 30 ppm suffices to stimulate an allergy. Some formaldehyde-releasing preservatives release a greater amount. For instance, quartenium-15 releases 100 ppm, way above the amount needed to cause allergic contact dermatitis.
Sadly, if you are trying to prevent formaldehyde, among the surprise ingredients, you won’t discover it noted as a component. Rather, try to find these formaldehyde-releasing preservatives.
- Diazolidinyl Urea
- DMDM Hydantoin
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin
- Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
- 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3- diol (bronopol)
- Polyoxymethylene Urea
- 5-Bromo-5-Nitro-1,3 Dioxane
When I first did a research study of the baby wipes market in 2013, two brand names– Kirkland Signature ™ Baby Wipes and 365 Everyday Value ® Wipes included formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. A year later the formaldehyde preservatives were replaced with much safer preservatives. Coincidence? I ‘d like to think that our consumer pressure had to do something with it. Unfortunately, Kirkland Signature ™ Moist Flushable Wipes still have a formaldehyde-releasing preservative 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3- Diol. I included Kirkland Signature ™ Moist Flushable Wipes in my Baby Wipes Score List in case parents decide to use them on their babies.
Hydroquinone, among the hidden active ingredients
Tocopheryl Acetate is a chemical substance that includes acetic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E). In general, both Tocopherol and Tocopheryl Acetate are useful for the skin as they have strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, both Tocopherol and Tocopheryl Acetate are frequently produced artificially using hydroquinone. If a manufacturer does not clean up a product, traces of hydroquinone will stay in the final product.
Hydroquinone is not presently acknowledged as a carcinogen; nevertheless, there is emerging evidence of its carcinogenic homes. In any event, it is an allergen, skin toxicant, and has been linked with other non-reproductive organs toxicity. There is no sure method to understand if a product is infected with hydroquinone unless the manufacturer offers all the needed information.
In my comparative study of baby wipes, I found that the majority of baby wipes have some kind of vitamin E, which, by its nature, may be contaminated. I penalized those brands by giving them lower scores. I wish I did not have to and they supplied more transparency around it. I hope some day they will.
Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane are concealed components
To begin with, a lot of producers use extreme petrochemical basic materials. To make them less irritating to skin, a procedure referred to as ethoxylation is used where ethylene oxide is included. As an outcome, traces of unreacted ethylene oxide might be left in the final product. Additionally, 1,4-dioxane gets developed during the ethoxylation process. Unless a maker uses a vacuum-stripping approach to get rid of 1,4-dioxane, the dangerous chemical will stay in the baby wipes.
Ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane are carcinogens and, therefore, regular application of baby wipes containing them may increase the risk of cancer for babies down the roadway. Inning accordance with the EWG, the existence of 1,4-dioxane in baby wipes is of unique issue since it can be absorbed through the skin in toxic quantities. In addition, both ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane are potent skin irritants.
Here are the examples of ingredients I saw in baby wipes, which may be infected with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane:
- Bis-PEG/PPG -16/ 16 PEG/PPG -16/ 16 Dimethicone
- Potassium Laureth Phosphate
- Polysorbate 20
- PEG-75 Lanolin
You can see a complete list of chemicals obtained with ethylene oxide here. Again, since there is no chance of understanding for sure (short of testing the wipes as they are used), out of an abundance of caution, I punished baby wipes brands that use ethoxylated ingredients.
Phthalates are concealed components
You will not find the word phthalates noted as one of the ingredients of baby wipes. Nevertheless, you may find the word fragrance or fragrance or parfum, which is a mixture of concealed active ingredients in baby wipes. A lot of business do not disclose fragrance components to United States customers in spite of the fact that a great deal of individuals have allergies to scent. Inning accordance with EWG, fragrance blends typically consist of diethyl phthalate, which is connected with hormone disruption. Fragrance blends have been connected with allergic reactions, dermatitis, respiratory distress, and prospective results on the reproductive system. EWG has provided fragrance a rating of 8 on scale of 0 to 10 with 0 having no unfavorable health effect.
Fortunately, baby wipes producers are capturing on and very few brand names contain scent. The baby wipes that still use it include Lansinoh ® Tidy and Condition ™ Baby Wipes, Mustela ® Dermo-Soothing Wipes Delicately Fragranced, and Kirkland Signature ™ Moist Flushable Wipes. I highly recommend avoiding this unnecessary ingredient.
This concludes our post about the worst surprise active ingredients in baby wipes such as formaldehyde, hydroquinone, ethylene oxide, 1,4-dioxane, and phthalates. Buyer beware of surprise components!
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