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Data available:
 
Limited
Data last updated:
February 2010

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Preparation H Cream (2010 formulation)

EWG scientists reviewed Preparation H Cream (2010 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 Preparation H Cream (2010 formulation) is 6.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Use restrictions
 
 

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
PROPYLPARABENDevelopmental/reproductive toxicity, Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
BHAEcotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation
Data: Fair
WHITE PETROLATUM
(Active Ingredient)
Contamination concerns (PAHS), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
METHYLPARABENBiochemical or cellular level changes, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
STEARETH-2Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
STEARETH-20Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
MINERAL OILOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
PRAMOXINE HCL
(Active Ingredient)
Use restrictions
Data: Limited
LAURETH-23Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
SODIUM BENZOATEData gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
PROPYL GALLATEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Occupational hazards, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
PROPYLENE GLYCOLEnhanced skin absorption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
CITRIC ACIDUse restrictions
Data: Fair
CETYL ALCOHOLEcotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
GLYCERYL STEARATE
Ecotoxicology
Data: Limited
PANTHENOLMultiple, additive exposure sources
Data: Limited
STEARYL ALCOHOLEcotoxicology, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Limited
TOCOPHEROLCancer, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF EXTRACT
ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT
Use restrictions
Data: Limited
PHENYLEPHRINE HCL
(Active Ingredient)
None Identified
Data: Limited
GLYCERIN
(Active Ingredient)
None Identified
Data: Fair
XANTHAN GUMNone Identified
Data: Limited
CELLULOSE GUM
CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE SODIUM
None Identified
Data: Fair
DISODIUM EDTA
EDETATE DISODIUM
Enhanced skin absorption
Data: Fair
WATERInnocuous
Data: Robust


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