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Data: Fair

Carbomer

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Other Concerns

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

SYNONYMS

● CARBOMER
● CARBOMER 934
● CARBOMER 934 P
● CARBOMER 941
● CARBOPOL 910
● CARBOXYVINYLPOLYMER

Restricted

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


Carbomer is a large polymeric chemical composed of acrylic acid monomers.

Common concerns

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  • 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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moisturizer725 products
facial moisturizer/treatment459 products
mask404 products
shampoo237 products
serums & essences213 products
styling gel/lotion156 products
hand cream143 products
around-eye cream127 products
hand sanitizer113 products
facial cleanser107 products
hair styling aide96 products
exfoliant/scrub93 products
eye shadow82 products
daily use with SPF80 products
recreational sunscreen63 products
toothpaste60 products
body firming lotion54 products
baby lotion50 products
foundation49 products
hair color and bleaching47 products
after sun product46 products
CC cream40 products
hair treatment/serum40 products
conditioner37 products
anti-aging36 products
makeup primer33 products
brow liner28 products
after shave24 products
body wash/cleanser23 products
tooth whitening23 products
foot moisturizer22 products
glitter22 products
bronzer/highlighter21 products
makeup remover15 products
toners/astringents14 products
shaving cream13 products
liquid hand soap13 products
styling mousse/foam11 products
mascara10 products
eye liner10 products
damaged skin treatment10 products
9 products
beard care9 products
nail treatment8 products
bar soap8 products
muscle/joint soreness7 products
shaving cream (men's)7 products
skin fading/lightener7 products
baby sunscreen7 products
concealer6 products
foot cleansing6 products
facial powder6 products
foot odor control6 products
hair spray4 products
tanning oil4 products
sunless tanning4 products
lipstick4 products
BB cream4 products
baby wipes4 products
baby toothpaste4 products
lip plumper4 products
setting powder/spray4 products
baby soap4 products
eyelash glue4 products
antiperspirant/deodorant4 products
eye makeup remover3 products
baby oil3 products
other eye makeup3 products
body oil3 products
makeup removing wipes3 products
cuticle treatment2 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)2 products
blush2 products
lip gloss2 products
baby shampoo2 products
pore strips2 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products
body spray1 products
nail polish1 products
body cleansing wipes1 products
mouthwash1 products
other men's products1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
detangler1 products
beard cleanser1 products
beard oil1 products
facial cleansing wipes1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
any irritation - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedOpen scientific literature

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 productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
2245 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 - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

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
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • 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.

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

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