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Data: Fair

Hexylene Glycol

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Other Concerns

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

SYNONYMS

1,1,3-TRIMETHYLTRIMETHYLENEDIOL, 2,4-DIHYDROXY-2-METHYLPENTANE, 2,4-PENTANEDIOL, 2-METHYL-, 2,4PENTANEDIOL, 2METHYL, 2-METHYL- 2,4-PENTANEDIOL, 2-METHYL-2,4-PENTANDIOL, 2-METHYL-2,4-PENTANEDIOL, 2-METHYLPENTANE-2,4-DIOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GYCOL, and MPD

Hexylene glycol is a small molecular weight surfactant.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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foundation493 products
eye shadow246 products
concealer196 products
facial moisturizer/treatment139 products
lipstick122 products
bronzer/highlighter122 products
shampoo101 products
mask95 products
blush94 products
facial cleanser91 products
lip gloss84 products
conditioner71 products
moisturizer71 products
serums & essences70 products
daily use with SPF69 products
brow liner62 products
setting powder/spray60 products
makeup remover55 products
eye liner50 products
exfoliant/scrub48 products
facial powder46 products
mascara43 products
makeup primer38 products
sunless tanning38 products
body wash/cleanser36 products
hair color and bleaching34 products
hair treatment/serum31 products
hair styling aide27 products
toners/astringents26 products
around-eye cream23 products
lip balm23 products
body oil22 products
recreational sunscreen21 products
BB cream19 products
lip liner19 products
glitter17 products
lip plumper13 products
12 products
styling gel/lotion10 products
eye makeup remover10 products
body firming lotion10 products
shaving cream10 products
body powder10 products
hand cream8 products
bubble bath7 products
after shave5 products
body spray5 products
anti-aging4 products
liquid hand soap4 products
styling mousse/foam4 products
antiperspirant/deodorant4 products
oil controller4 products
beard care3 products
skin fading/lightener2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
detangler2 products
damaged skin treatment2 products
nail polish2 products
tanning oil2 products
after sun product2 products
beard cleanser2 products
muscle/joint soreness2 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
baby lotion1 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
beard oil1 products
baby oil1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
eyelash glue1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as irritantCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergiesNational Library of Medicine HazMap

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
2457 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

Neurotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
nervous system - weight of evidence unknown/unassessed/unreview: published lit review or major tox studyNational Library of Medicine HazMap

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
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
  • CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
  • 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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