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Balmex Diaper Rash Cream with 11.3% Zinc Oxide Active-Guard (2014 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Balmex Diaper Rash Cream with 11.3% Zinc Oxide Active-Guard (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 Balmex Diaper Rash Cream with 11.3% Zinc Oxide Active-Guard (2014 formulation) is 5.

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Data last updated: November 2014

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

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

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Fair

• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Fair

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

Fair
ZINC OXIDE
Appeared as: ZINC OXIDE - 11.3 % (SKIN PROTECTANT)

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Occupational hazards (moderate)

Limited

Fair
GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL
Appeared as: GLYCINE SOJA OIL (SOYBEAN)

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)

Limited

Limited
MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX (CERA MICROCRISTALLINA)
Appeared as: MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited
OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) SEED
Appeared as: OENOTHERA BIENNIS SEED EXTRACT (EVENING PRIMROSE)

Limited
OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: OLEA EUROPAEA LEAF EXTRACT (OLIVE)

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Fair

Fair

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Limited

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Robust

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide - 11.3 % (Skin Protectant). Inactive Ingredients: Beeswax, Benzoic Acid, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Magnesium Aspartate, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil, Oenothera Biennis Seed Extract (Evening Primrose), Olea Europaea Leaf Extract (Olive), Panthenol, Potassium Aspartate, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Sarcosine, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Synthetic Beeswax, Tocopherol, Water

Directions from packaging:

Change wet or soiled diapers promptly Cleanse the diaper area and allow to dry Apply cream liberally as often as necessary, with each diaper change, especially at bedtime or anytime when exposure to wet diapers may be prolonged.

Warnings from packaging:

For external use only.When using this product avoid contact with eyes.Stop use and ask a doctor if condition worsens or lasts more than 7 days.Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

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