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Cholesterol

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Other Concerns

Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)

SYNONYMS

● CHOLEST-5-EN-3-OL (3.BETA.)-
● CHOLEST-5-EN-3-OL (3B)-
● CHOLEST5EN3OL (3 )
● CHOLESTERIN
● CHOLESTEROL
● CHOLESTERYL ALCOHOL
● PROVITAMIN D

Restricted

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


Cholesterol is a mono-unsaturated, secondary alcohol of the cyclopentanophenanthrenesystem.

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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facial moisturizer/treatment81 products
lipstick79 products
moisturizer73 products
foundation50 products
facial cleanser43 products
serums & essences41 products
around-eye cream30 products
mask16 products
daily use with SPF13 products
recreational sunscreen12 products
lip balm9 products
body wash/cleanser7 products
anti-aging7 products
makeup remover6 products
toners/astringents6 products
baby lotion6 products
mascara5 products
conditioner4 products
bar soap4 products
fragrance for women3 products
makeup primer3 products
damaged skin treatment3 products
hand cream3 products
shaving cream3 products
concealer3 products
lip plumper3 products
body firming lotion3 products
after shave2 products
BB cream2 products
blush2 products
shampoo2 products
hair treatment/serum2 products
2 products
baby shampoo2 products
baby soap2 products
nail polish1 products
detangler1 products
lip gloss1 products
sunless tanning1 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
eye makeup remover1 products
body oil1 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products
diaper cream1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
bronzer/highlighter1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Persistent, bioaccumulative in wildlifeEmerging PBTs from peer-reviewed literature
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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
208831 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

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

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

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gapsInt'l Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Carcinogens
  • Emerging PBTs from peer-reviewed literature
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.
  • IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). 2008. Overall Evaluations of Carcinogenicity to Humans, as evaluated in IARC Monographs Volumes 1-99 (a total of 935 agents, mixtures and exposures).

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.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

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

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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