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Data: Fair

Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose

Other Concerns


SYNONYMS

2-HYDROXYPROPYL METHYL ETHER CELLULOSE, CARBOHYDRATE GUM, CELLULOSE, 2-HYDROXYPROPYL METHYL ETHER, CELLULOSE, 2HYDROXYPROPYL METHYL ETHER, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYCELLULOSE, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE 2208, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE 2906, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE 2910, HYPROMELLOSE, and METHYL HYDROXYPROPYL CELLULOSE

Restricted

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


Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose is a semisynthetic polymer based on cellulose.

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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body wash/cleanser86 products
shampoo81 products
liquid hand soap51 products
recreational sunscreen32 products
facial cleanser28 products
shaving cream22 products
mask17 products
conditioner15 products
toothpaste14 products
hand sanitizer13 products
facial moisturizer/treatment10 products
baby sunscreen9 products
exfoliant/scrub9 products
serums & essences7 products
moisturizer7 products
hair treatment/serum7 products
around-eye cream5 products
antiperspirant/deodorant5 products
daily use with SPF4 products
bath oil/salts/soak4 products
eye shadow4 products
bubble bath4 products
makeup primer3 products
sunless tanning3 products
hand cream3 products
lip gloss2 products
bronzer/highlighter2 products
tooth whitening2 products
bar soap2 products
body oil2 products
styling mousse/foam2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
baby oil1 products
1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
hair styling aide1 products
beard cleanser1 products
beard care1 products
facial powder1 products
body powder1 products
foot cleansing1 products
brow liner1 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
nail treatment1 products
anti-aging1 products
toners/astringents1 products
hair color and bleaching1 products
body firming lotion1 products

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
2371 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

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

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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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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