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ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)

Score:

Data: Fair

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Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW

Products with this Ingredient

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lipstick51 products
moisturizer with SPF43 products
beach & sport sunscreen42 products
serums & essences38 products
moisturizer36 products
facial moisturizer/treatment35 products
hair color and bleaching27 products
facial cleanser22 products
shampoo19 products
lip gloss18 products
conditioner18 products
mask15 products
foundation10 products
toners/astringents10 products
lip balm with SPF9 products
around-eye cream7 products
concealer6 products
exfoliant/scrub6 products
hand cream6 products
toothpaste5 products
hair treatment/serum5 products
anti-aging4 products
mouthwash4 products
body wash/cleanser4 products
mascara4 products
makeup remover3 products
makeup primer3 products
sunless tanning3 products
brow liner3 products
antiperspirant/deodorant3 products
eye liner2 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)2 products
baby sunscreen2 products
CC cream2 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
lip balm1 products
after shave1 products
baby oil1 products
baby shampoo1 products
hair styling aide1 products
bar soap1 products
hair spray1 products
facial powder1 products
liquid hand soap1 products

Data gaps

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Concern Reference
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productIJT 24(2):51-111, 2005
66172 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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Concern Reference
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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

Informational

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Concern Reference
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyIJT 24(2):51-111, 2005

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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Concern Reference
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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Concern Reference
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data Sources

  • IJT 24(2):51-111, 2005
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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