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Data: Fair

Acetic Acid

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Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate) and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

SYNONYMS

ACETIC ACID, ETHANOIC ACID, ETHYLIC ACID, GLACIAL ACETIC ACID, and METHANECARBOXYLIC ACID

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Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


Acetic Acid is an organic acid.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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conditioner38 products
hair color and bleaching36 products
shampoo34 products
hair treatment/serum11 products
mask6 products
liquid hand soap5 products
body wash/cleanser5 products
moisturizer5 products
hair styling aide5 products
toners/astringents4 products
detangler3 products
styling gel/lotion3 products
facial moisturizer/treatment3 products
serums & essences3 products
around-eye cream2 products
antiperspirant/deodorant2 products
baby bubble bath2 products
baby shampoo2 products
baby soap2 products
facial cleanser2 products
exfoliant/scrub2 products
baby lotion1 products
body firming lotion1 products
styling mousse/foam1 products
bar soap1 products
daily use with SPF1 products
CC cream1 products
bronzer/highlighter1 products
after sun product1 products
foot cleansing1 products
toothpaste1 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human respiratory irritant - strong evidenceAssociation of Occupational and Environmental Clinics

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Miscellaneous

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Occupational hazards related to handlingCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
30538 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • AOEC (Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics). 2009. AEOC exposures codes and asthmagen designation.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

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Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

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