EWG scientists reviewed BenGay Pain Relieving Cream, Ultra Strength, Non-Greasy (2012 formulation) for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for BenGay Pain Relieving Cream, Ultra Strength, Non-Greasy (2012 formulation) is 2.
|TRIETHANOLAMINE||Use restrictions, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents)|
|POLYSORBATE-80||Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)|
|Use restrictions, Developmental/reproductive toxicity|
|Use restrictions, Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents)|
|POTASSIUM CARBOMER||None Identified|
|Multiple, additive exposure sources|
|GLYCERYL STEARATE SE||None Identified|
|POTASSIUM STEARATE||Ecotoxicology, Data gaps|
|Enhanced skin absorption|
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