EWG scientists reviewed Preparation H Anti-Itch Cream with Hydrocortisone 1% (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 Preparation H Anti-Itch Cream with Hydrocortisone 1% (2012 formulation) is 4.
|BHA||Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Ecotoxicology|
|PROPYLPARABEN||Use restrictions, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Ecotoxicology|
|PETROLATUM||Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions, Contamination concerns (PAHS)|
|METHYLPARABEN||Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Use restrictions|
|SODIUM BENZOATE||Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Data gaps|
|PROPYL GALLATE||Occupational hazards, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions|
|PROPYLENE GLYCOL||Enhanced skin absorption, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions|
|SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE||Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions, Ecotoxicology|
|CITRIC ACID||Use restrictions|
|XANTHAN GUM||None Identified|
|GLYCERYL OLEATE||Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Ecotoxicology|
|STEARYL ALCOHOL||Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Ecotoxicology|
|Enhanced skin absorption|
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