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Desitin Multi-Purpose Ointment (2014 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Desitin Multi-Purpose Ointment (2014 formulation) product label collected on November 12, 2014 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 Desitin Multi-Purpose Ointment (2014 formulation) is 6.

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Data last updated: November 2014

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW_MODERATE

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is HIGH

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Miscellaneous
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair
RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)
Appeared as: VITAMIN A PALMITATE

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Fair

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

Fair
VITAMIN D3
Appeared as: , CHOLECALCIFEROL

• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (PAHS)

Limited
THEOBROMA CACAO (CACAO) SEED BUTTER
Appeared as: COCOA BUTTER

Good
MINERAL OIL
Appeared as: LIGHT MINERAL OIL

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited
LANOLIN
Appeared as: MODIFIED LANOLIN

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Fair
HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) OIL
Appeared as: SUNFLOWER SEED OIL

Fair
TOCOPHEROL
Appeared as: VITAMIN E (DL-ALPHA TOCOPHEROL AND DL-ALPHA TOCOPHERYL ACETATE)

• Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: White Petrolatum (60.4%). Inactive Ingredients: Cholecalciferol, Cocoa Butter, Fragrance, Light Mineral Oil, Mineral Oil, Modified Lanolin, Paraffin, Sodium Pyruvate, Sunflower Seed Oil, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin E (dl-Alpha Tocopherol and dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate)

Directions from packaging:

For diaper rash: Change wet and soiled diapers promptly. Cleanse the diaper area and allow to dry. Apply ointment liberally as often as necessary, with each diaper change, especially at bedtime or anytime when exposure to wet diapers may be prolonged. For other uses: Apply as needed. Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).

Warnings from packaging:

For external use only. Do not use on: Deep or puncture wounds; animal bites; serious burns. When using this product: Do not get into eyes. Stop and ask a doctor if: Condition worsens; symptoms last more than 7 days or clear up and occur again within a few days. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

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