Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
This ingredient is a salt of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), used as an antioxidant.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|facial moisturizer/treatment||94 products|
|serums & essences||88 products|
|recreational sunscreen||60 products|
|eye liner||36 products|
|facial cleanser||29 products|
|around-eye cream||25 products|
|daily use with SPF||18 products|
|hair treatment/serum||14 products|
|hand cream||8 products|
|makeup primer||7 products|
|body firming lotion||7 products|
|body wash/cleanser||5 products|
|lip balm||4 products|
|after sun product||4 products|
|skin fading/lightener||3 products|
|hair styling aide||3 products|
|liquid hand soap||3 products|
|makeup remover||2 products|
|bubble bath||2 products|
|baby sunscreen||2 products|
|after shave||2 products|
|hair spray||2 products|
|setting powder/spray||2 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||1 products|
|shaving cream||1 products|
|lip balm with SPF||1 products|
|foot moisturizer||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|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 product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Safety assessment was based on related chemical||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|16 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
- 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.
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