Other ConcernsUse restrictions (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Contamination concerns (high)
SYNONYMS2-PROPENOIC ACID, HOMOPOLYMER, 2PROPENOIC ACID, HOMOPOLYMER, ACRYLIC ACID HOMOPOLYMER, ACRYLIC ACID RESIN, CARBOPOL 907, CARBOXYPOLYMETHYLENE, HOMOPOLYMER 2-PROPENOIC ACID, POLY(ACRYLIC ACID), POLYACRYLIC ACID, and PROPENOIC ACID POLYMER; PROPENOIC ACID POLYMER
Polyacrylic Acid is a polymer of acrylic acid.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|nail polish||16 products|
|eye liner||8 products|
|around-eye cream||5 products|
|other eye makeup||3 products|
|hair color and bleaching||2 products|
|serums & essences||2 products|
|eyelash glue||1 products|
|body firming lotion||1 products|
|hand sanitizer||1 products|
|pore strips||1 products|
|shaving cream||1 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||1 products|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Classified as medium human health priority||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gaps||Int'l Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Carcinogens|
|6586 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
- 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.
- IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). 2008. Overall Evaluations of Carcinogenicity to Humans, as evaluated in IARC Monographs Volumes 1-99 (a total of 935 agents, mixtures and exposures).
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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