(including formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in personal care products)
Potential health effects include:
- Cancer in humans (nose and upper throat, leukemia)
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
- Contact dermatitis (skin rash)
- Asthma trigger
Commonly found in:
Many products release formaldehyde. To find personal care products with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, look for DMDM Hydantoin, Quaternium 15 or Bronopol on the ingredients label. Formaldehyde is also commonly released from resins used in building materials, and on wrinkle-free clothing and linens.
* Under our weak federal laws, it’s impossible for us to know all the uses of formaldehyde in consumer products. As a result, this is not an exhaustive list of all products containing formaldehyde.