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Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Formaldehyde Releaser)

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Use restrictions (low) and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

GLYCINE, N-(HYDROXYMETHYL)-, MONOSODIUM SALT, GLYCINE, N-(HYDROXYMETHYL)-, SODIUM SALT, GLYCINE, N-(HYDROXYMETHYL)-. MONOSODIUM SALT, HYDROXYMETHYLAMINOACETIC ACID, SODIUM SALT, N-(HYDROXYMETHYL)- SODIUM SALT GLYCINE, N-(HYDROXYMETHYL)-. MONOSODIUM SALT GLYCINE, N-(HYDROXYMETHYL)GLYCINE, SODIUM SALT, SODIUM HYDROXYMETHYLGLYCINATE, SODIUM HYDROXYMETHYLGLYCINATE (FORMALDEHYDE RELEASER), SODIUM HYDROXYMETHYLGLYCINATE SODIUM HYDROXYMETHYLGLYCINATE, SODIUM N-(HYDROXYMETHYL)GLYCINATE, SODIUM SALT GLYCINE, N-(HYDROXYMETHYL)-, and SODIUM SALT N-(HYDROXYMETHYL)GLYCINE

Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate is an antimicrobial preservative that works by forming formaldehyde in cosmetic products. People exposed to such formaldehyde-releasing ingredients may develop a formaldehyde allergy or an allergy to the ingredient itself. In the U.S. approximately 20% of cosmetics and personal care products contain a formaldehyde-releaser and the frequency of contact allergy to these ingredients is much higher among Americans compared to studies in Europe.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • HIGH
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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foundation12 products
hair styling aide11 products
styling gel/lotion9 products
moisturizer7 products
conditioner5 products
shampoo3 products
hair treatment/serum3 products
facial cleanser2 products
facial moisturizer/treatment2 products
hair spray1 products
bubble bath1 products
body wash/cleanser1 products
daily use with SPF1 products
serums & essences1 products
after shave1 products
after sun product1 products

Contamination concerns

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Chemical
FORMALDEHYDE

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Known human any toxicant or allergenOpen scientific literature
Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceOpen scientific literature
Human allergen toxicant or allergen - moderate evidenceOpen scientific literature

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Cancer - limited evidenceOpen scientific literature

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - anyOpen scientific literature

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
2 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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