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Magnesium Silicate

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Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

SYNONYMS

MAGNESIUM SALT SILICIC ACID, MAGNESIUM SILICATE, SILICIC ACID (H2SIO3), MAGNESIUM SALT (1:1), SILICIC ACID, MAGNESIUM SALT, and SILICIC ACID, MAGNESIUM SALT (1:1)

Magnesium silicate is the primary component of talc, a common ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. According to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, talc is 'powdered native, hydrous magnesium silicate, sometimes containing a small portion of aluminum silicate.' Talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Studies by the National Toxicology Panel demonstrated that cosmetic-grade talc free of asbestos is a form of magnesium silicate that also can be toxic and carcinogenic (NTP 1993).

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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eye liner38 products
lip liner30 products
lipstick27 products
eye shadow14 products
foundation10 products
mascara8 products
lip balm6 products
blush6 products
lip gloss5 products
setting powder/spray4 products
bronzer/highlighter4 products
daily use with SPF2 products
2 products
BB cream2 products
conditioner2 products
facial cleanser2 products
hair styling aide1 products
shampoo1 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
hair color and bleaching1 products

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of respiratory toxicityOpen scientific literature
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Cancer - limited evidenceOpen scientific literature

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Safety assessment was based on related chemicalCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
247 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 Everything Added to Food
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment 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
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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). 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.

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