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Palmitic Acid

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SYNONYMS

CETYLIC ACID, HEXADECANOIC ACID, N-HEXADECANOIC ACID, and PALMITIC ACID

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Palmitic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid.

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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  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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mascara204 products
facial moisturizer/treatment154 products
body wash/cleanser111 products
foundation78 products
shaving cream76 products
facial cleanser75 products
lipstick69 products
moisturizer63 products
eye shadow41 products
daily use with SPF41 products
around-eye cream40 products
mask38 products
brow liner32 products
concealer32 products
hand cream30 products
blush29 products
liquid hand soap23 products
shaving cream (men's)22 products
BB cream20 products
makeup primer19 products
anti-aging19 products
exfoliant/scrub18 products
serums & essences16 products
body firming lotion14 products
recreational sunscreen13 products
hair styling aide13 products
eye liner12 products
conditioner10 products
lip gloss10 products
bar soap9 products
bath oil/salts/soak8 products
sunless tanning7 products
7 products
hair treatment/serum6 products
antiperspirant/deodorant6 products
CC cream5 products
lip liner5 products
bronzer/highlighter5 products
hand sanitizer4 products
lip balm4 products
shampoo4 products
baby lotion4 products
styling gel/lotion3 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)3 products
lip plumper3 products
foot moisturizer3 products
toners/astringents3 products
after shave3 products
after sun product2 products
baby sunscreen2 products
foot cleansing2 products
skin fading/lightener2 products
makeup remover1 products
body art1 products
bubble bath1 products
glitter1 products
oil controller1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
facial powder1 products
hair color and bleaching1 products

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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
8776 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

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

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not likely to be carcinogenic in humansEPA Water Disinfection By-Products Carcinogenicity

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
  • 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.
  • EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 2006. EPA Water Disinfection By-Products with Carcinogenicity Estimates. Last updated: 10 April 2006.

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

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Data availability

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