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Walgreens Aloe Vera Pain Relieving Gel (old formulation)

Data Availability: FAIR

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Walgreens Aloe Vera Pain Relieving Gel (old formulation) product label collected on July 23, 2013 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Walgreens Aloe Vera Pain Relieving Gel (old formulation) is 5.

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Data last updated: July 2013

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Occupational hazards
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Limited

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Limited

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Fair
LIDOCAINE
Appeared as: LIDOCAINE - 0.5 % (TOPICAL ANESTHETIC)

• Use restrictions (high)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair
FD&C BLUE 1
Appeared as: BLUE 1

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Robust

Limited
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) GEL
Appeared as: ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Lidocaine - 0.5 % (Topical Anesthetic), Menthol - 0.1 % (Topical Analgesic), Inactive Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, SD Alcohol 40-B (12.2% v/v), Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Blue 1

Directions from packaging:

Adults and children 2 years of age and older: Apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily Children under 2 years of age: Do not use, ask a doctor.

Warnings from packaging:

For external use only. Do not use in large quantities, particularly over raw surfaces or blistered areas. When using this product Avoid contact with eyes Stop use and ask a doctor if Condition worsens or if symptoms persist for more than 7 days Symptoms clear up and occur again within a few days Keep out of the reach of children.If swallowed get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away..

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