Other ConcernsUse restrictions (low) and Contamination concerns (high)
SYNONYMS1-[1,3-BIS(HYDROXYMETHYL)-2,5-DIOXOIMIDAZOLIDIN-4-YL]-1,3-BIS(HYDROXYMETHYL)UREA, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA (FORMALDEHYDE RELEASER), DIAZOLIDYNL UREA, N-(HYDROXYMETHYL)-N-(1,3-DIHYDROXYMETHYL-2,5-DIOXO-4-IMIDAZOLIDINYL)-N'-(HYDROXYMETHYL) UREA, N-[1,3-BIS(HYDROXYMETHYL)-2,5-DIOXO-4-IMIDAZOLIDINYL-N,N'-BIS(HYDROXYMETHYL)- UREA, N-[1,3-BIS(HYDROXYMETHYL)-2,5-DIOXO-4-IMIDAZOLIDINYL]-N,N'-BIS(HYDROXYMETHYL) UREA, UREA, N-[1,3-BIS(HYDROXYMETHYL)-2,5-DIOXO-4-IMIDAZOLIDINYL-N,N'-BIS(HYDROXYMETHYL)-, and UREA, N[1,3BIS(HYDROXYMETHYL)2,5DIOXO4IMIDAZOLIDINYL]N,N BIS(HYDROXYMETHYL)
Diazolidinyl urea is an antimicrobial preservative that works by forming formaldehyde in cosmetic products. People exposed to such formaldehyde-releasing ingredients may develop a formaldehyde allergy or an allergy to the ingredient itself. In the U.S. approximately 20% of cosmetics and personal care products contain a formaldehyde-releaser and the frequency of contact allergy to these ingredients is much higher among Americans compared to studies in Europe.
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HIGHAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
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|Known human any toxicant or allergen||Open scientific literature|
|Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||EWG Assessment of Open Scientific Literature|
|Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Open scientific literature|
|Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergies||National Library of Medicine HazMap|
|Cancer - limited evidence||Open scientific literature|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - any||Open scientific literature|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|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 product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|58 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- EWG Assessment of Open Scientific 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). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
- 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.
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