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Data: Fair

Ferulic Acid

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate)

SYNONYMS

● 2-PROPENOIC ACID, 3-(4-HYDROXY-3-METHOXYPHENYL)-
● 3-(4-HYDROXY)-3-METHOXYPHENYL)-2-PROPENOIC ACID
● 3-(4-HYDROXY-3-METHOXYPHENYL)- 2-PROPENOIC ACID
● 3-(4-HYDROXY-3-METHOXYPHENYL)-2-PROPENOIC ACID
● 4-HYDROXY-3-METHOXY- CINNAMIC ACID
● 4-HYDROXY-3-METHOXYCINNAMIC ACID
● CINNAMIC ACID, 4-HYDROXY-3-METHOXY-
● CONIFERIC ACID
● FERULIC ACID

Restricted

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


Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

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  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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serums & essences62 products
facial moisturizer/treatment24 products
daily use with SPF14 products
foundation13 products
around-eye cream8 products
recreational sunscreen6 products
mask6 products
toners/astringents5 products
moisturizer3 products
body wash/cleanser3 products
skin fading/lightener3 products
anti-aging3 products
facial powder1 products
exfoliant/scrub1 products
facial cleanser1 products
setting powder/spray1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Japan - restricted for use in some types of cosmetics (concentration limit)Japan's Standards for Cosmetics

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
2371 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. 2006. Standards for Cosmetics. Evaluation and Licensing Division. Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau.
  • 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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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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