Other ConcernsUse restrictions (high), Endocrine disruption (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (high), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Contamination concerns (high)
Unacceptable: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient
PTFE is a polymer of tetrafluoroethylene, known under the brand name Teflon.
This ingredient is a member of a class of compounds called per- and polyfluoralkyl substances, or PFAS. With the many health effects noted for the few well studied PFAS substances, and hundreds of other PFAS in commerce lacking toxicity data, an appropriate degree of precaution is required to protect human health. EWG consumer database now includes a category rating for all PFAS ingredients.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
HIGHAllergies & Immunotoxicity
HIGHDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|eye shadow||48 products|
|facial powder||13 products|
|body powder||9 products|
|brow liner||4 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||4 products|
|daily use with SPF||3 products|
|makeup primer||2 products|
|eye liner||2 products|
|setting powder/spray||1 products|
|Chemical class of concern||Open scientific literature|
|Violation of government restrictions - Banned or found unsafe for use in cosmetics||Open scientific literature|
|Known human reproduvtive or developmental toxin||Open scientific literature|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Persistent, bioaccumulative in wildlife and humans||Open scientific literature|
|Persistent or bioaccumulative and moderate to high toxicity concern in humans||Open scientific literature|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Known human any toxicant or allergen||Open scientific literature|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Possible human any toxicant||Open scientific literature|
|Limited evidence of any toxicity||Open scientific literature|
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Possible human carcinogen||Open scientific literature|
|Not likely to be carcinogenic in humans||Open scientific literature|
|Possible human any disruptor||Open scientific literature|
|19250 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Open scientific literature|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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