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Microcrystalline Cellulose

Other Concerns


SYNONYMS

● MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Skin Deep Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.


Microcrystalline Cellulose is an isolated, colloidal crystalline portion of cellulose fibers.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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recreational sunscreen86 products
toothpaste50 products
exfoliant/scrub45 products
facial moisturizer/treatment40 products
mask30 products
eye shadow21 products
facial cleanser20 products
lipstick17 products
BB cream15 products
serums & essences15 products
daily use with SPF15 products
moisturizer15 products
baby sunscreen14 products
bronzer/highlighter14 products
body wash/cleanser13 products
brow liner12 products
blush12 products
liquid hand soap7 products
hair treatment/serum5 products
mascara5 products
shampoo4 products
around-eye cream4 products
glitter3 products
hand cream3 products
body firming lotion3 products
antiperspirant/deodorant3 products
mouthwash2 products
makeup primer2 products
bar soap2 products
anti-aging2 products
baby lotion2 products
tooth whitening1 products
diaper cream1 products
baby wipes1 products
bubble bath1 products
lip gloss1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
after sun product1 products
lip balm1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
body powder1 products
eye liner1 products
conditioner1 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
nail treatment1 products
foundation1 products
lip plumper1 products
concealer1 products
after shave1 products
beard cleanser1 products
1 products

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human immune and respiratory toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceAssociation of Occupational and Environmental Clinics

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
23160 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

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

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
  • AOEC (Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics). 2009. AEOC exposures codes and asthmagen designation.
  • 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.
  • 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

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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