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KERATIN

Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 

About KERATIN: Keratin is a protein derived from hair, wool, horn, nails or other similar tissues in animals.

This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA's Caring Consumer: Protein from the ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills, and hair of various animals. In hair rinses, shampoos, permanent wave solutions. Alternatives: almond oil, soy protein, amla oil (from the f ... read more

Function(s): Hair Conditioning Agent; Skin-Conditioning Agent - Miscellaneous; SKIN CONDITIONING

Synoym(s): ANIMAL KERATIN; KERATINS; CHERATINA (ITALIAN) ; DETOXIN

Use restrictions

Concern Reference
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Use is restricted in Canadian cosmeticsCanada - Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetics Ingredients

Data gaps

Concern Reference
27,522 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

Data Sources

Health Canada. 2007. List of Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients. Canada's Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. March 2007.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

About the ratings

EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. Learn more | Legal Disclaimer