- This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.
Other ConcernsPersistence and bioaccumulation (high) and Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
SYNONYMSDIATOMACEOUS EARTH, DIATOMACEOUS SILICA, DIATOMITE, INFUSORIAL EARTH, KIESELGUHR, and SILICEOUS EARTH
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Diatomaceous Earth is a mineral material consisting chiefly of the siliceous frustules andfragments of various species of diatoms.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|nail polish||25 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||4 products|
|daily use with SPF||4 products|
|facial cleanser||2 products|
|styling gel/lotion||2 products|
|hair styling aide||2 products|
|tooth whitening||2 products|
|bar soap||1 products|
|around-eye cream||1 products|
|recreational sunscreen||1 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||1 products|
|Allowed workplace exposures restricted to very low doses||National Library of Medicine HazMap|
|Allowed workplace exposures restricted to low doses||National Library of Medicine HazMap|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information available||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
|1497 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
- 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.
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