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Data available:
 
Limited
Data last updated:
October 2009

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Physicians Complex 6% Skin Bleaching Cream (2009 formulation)

EWG scientists reviewed Physicians Complex 6% Skin Bleaching Cream (2009 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 Physicians Complex 6% Skin Bleaching Cream (2009 formulation) is 7.
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
HYDROQUINONECancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
DIAZOLIDINYL UREA (FORMALDEHYDE RELEASER)Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE), Use restrictions
Data: Limited
EMULSIFYING WAXMiscellaneous
Data: Limited
PETROLATUMContamination concerns (PAHS), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
METHYLPARABENBiochemical or cellular level changes, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
KOJIC DIPALMITATE
KOJIC ACID DIPALMITATE
Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
SODIUM METABISULFITEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
TOCOPHERYL ACETATECancer, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) EXTRACTUse restrictions
Data: Limited
PROPYLENE GLYCOLEnhanced skin absorption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATEEcotoxicology, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
SODIUM SULFITEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
DILAURYL THIODIPROPIONATEMultiple, additive exposure sources
Data: Fair
CETYL ALCOHOLEcotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE
OCTYL PALMITATE
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Limited
STEARYL ALCOHOLEcotoxicology, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Limited
ANANAS SATIVUS (PINEAPPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT
PINEAPPLE EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA-URSI (BEARBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT
BEARBERRY EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
PASSIFLORA INCARNATA (MAYPOPS) EXTRACT
PASSIONFLOWER EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
POLOXAMERSNone Identified
Data: Limited
VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) FRUIT EXTRACT
GRAPE EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Fair
GLYCERINNone Identified
Data: Fair
CETYL ESTERSData gaps
Data: Limited
GLYCERYL STEARATE SENone Identified
Data: Limited
HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSENone Identified
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