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Data: Good

Pvp

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Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

SYNONYMS

● 1-ETHENYL- HOMOPOLYMER 2-PYRROLIDINONE
● 1-ETHENYL-2-PYRROLIDINONE, HOMOPOLYMER
● 2-PYRROLIDINONE, 1-ETHENYL-, HOMOPOLYMER
● 2PYRROLIDINONE, 1ETHENYL, HOMOPOLYMER
● HOMOPOLYMER 1-ETHENYL-2-PYRROLIDINONE
● HOMOPOLYMER 2-PYRROLIDINONE, 1-ETHENYL-
● N-VINYLBUTYROLACTAM POLYMER
● POLYVINYLPYRROLIDONE
● POVIDONE
● PVP

Restricted

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


PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone) is a water-soluble synthetic polymer.

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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hair styling aide202 products
styling gel/lotion146 products
mascara132 products
brow liner98 products
eye shadow72 products
setting powder/spray59 products
styling mousse/foam50 products
tooth whitening45 products
mask43 products
hair treatment/serum33 products
hair spray30 products
eye liner30 products
toothpaste30 products
hair color and bleaching19 products
shaving cream16 products
conditioner16 products
makeup primer15 products
serums & essences15 products
shampoo15 products
facial moisturizer/treatment13 products
lipstick9 products
shaving cream (men's)9 products
bronzer/highlighter9 products
concealer8 products
BB cream8 products
pore strips8 products
glitter7 products
around-eye cream6 products
recreational sunscreen5 products
toners/astringents5 products
beard care5 products
blush5 products
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foundation4 products
eyelash glue4 products
bath oil/salts/soak3 products
exfoliant/scrub3 products
other eye makeup3 products
facial cleanser3 products
moisturizer3 products
daily use with SPF3 products
anti-aging1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
liquid hand soap1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
body spray1 products
mouthwash1 products
nail polish1 products
facial powder1 products
eye makeup remover1 products
body wash/cleanser1 products
lip gloss1 products

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as medium human health priorityEnvironment 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
13470 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

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
Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gapsInt'l Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Carcinogens
Not likely to be carcinogenic in humansOpen scientific literature

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
  • 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) 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.
  • 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).
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature

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