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Boron Nitride

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Enhanced skin absorption

SYNONYMS

● BORON NITRIDE
● BORON NITRIDE (BN)

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


Boron nitride is a synthetic boron-based inorganic compound used in cosmetics and personal care products to increase adherence and act as oil absorbent.

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

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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eye shadow472 products
foundation364 products
blush176 products
bronzer/highlighter163 products
brow liner114 products
concealer107 products
setting powder/spray59 products
lipstick52 products
facial powder34 products
lip liner24 products
BB cream18 products
lip gloss15 products
around-eye cream13 products
makeup primer11 products
facial moisturizer/treatment10 products
serums & essences9 products
daily use with SPF6 products
eye liner5 products
4 products
skin fading/lightener3 products
CC cream2 products
mask1 products
eyelash glue1 products
anti-aging1 products
lip balm1 products
toners/astringents1 products

Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Nano-scale ingredients with potential to absorb into the skinOpen scientific literature
Suspected nano-scale ingredients with potential to absorb into the skinNanomaterial Database

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
3475 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyOpen scientific literature
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • NanoWerk. 2007. Nanomaterial Database. Available online: http://www.nanowerk.com/phpscripts/n_dbsearch.php
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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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