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Product score: 05

Data Availability:

Limited

Nivea Men Maximum Hydration Deep Cleaning Face Scrub

Nivea Men Maximum Hydration Deep Cleaning Face Scrub

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CATEGORY

Exfoliant/Scrub

BRAND

Nivea

DATA LAST UPDATED

February 2020

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient scores

Ingredients are scored based on their formulation and concentration in this product. Click on an ingredient for more information.

Ingredient score: 08
FRAGRANCE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) deodorant, masking, perfuming
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 04
COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) antistatic agent, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous;surfactant - cleansing agent, surfactant - foam booster, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, antistatic, cleansing, foam boosting, hair conditioning, surfactant, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Contamination concerns (COCAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, 3-DIMETHYLAMINOPROPYLAMINE, and NITROSAMINES)
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Ingredient score: 04
SODIUM HYDROXIDE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, ph adjuster, buffering
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 04
PHENOXYETHANOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)
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Ingredient score: 04
METHYLPARABEN
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 03
PEG-200 HYDROGENATED GLYCERYL PALMATE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - solubilizing agent, cleansing, emulsifying, solvent
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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Ingredient score: 03
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
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Ingredient score: 03
PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, surfactant - solubilizing agent, perfuming
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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Ingredient score: 03
SULISOBENZONE
Appeared as: BENZOPHENONE-4
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) sunscreen agent, ultraviolet light absorber, uv absorber, uv filter
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
ACRYLATES COPOLYMER
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) adhesive, artificial nail builder, binder, film former, hair fixative, suspending agent -nonsurfactant, antistatic, binding, film forming
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, and 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE)
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Ingredient score: 02
DECYL GLUCOSIDE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent, cleansing, emulsion stabilising, surfactant
CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 02
GLYCERIN
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, humectant, oral care agent;oral health care drug, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin protectant, viscosity decreasing agent, perfuming, solvent
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, surfactant - cleansing agent, cleansing, emulsifying, foaming, surfactant
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
WATER
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 01
MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) abrasive, absorbent, anticaking agent, bulking agent, emulsion stabilizer, slip modifier;viscosity increasing agent - aqueous
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM MYRETH SULFATE
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent, surfactant - emulsifying agent, cleansing, emulsifying, foaming, surfactant
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
PANTHENOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, antistatic, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE
Appeared as: ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
MENTHOL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, external analgesic, flavoring agent, fragrance ingredient, oral health caredrug, masking, refreshing, soothing
CONCERNS • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
ALCOHOL DENATURED
Appeared as: ALCOHOL DENAT.
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antifoaming, antimicrobial, astringent, masking, solvent, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
LACTOSE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - humectant, humectant, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
CELLULOSE
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) absorbent, bulking agent, slip modifier, bulking, opacifying, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) adhesive, binder, emulsion stabilizer, film former, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, antistatic, binding, emulsion stabilising, film forming, surfactant, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
TRISODIUM EDTA
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, chelating
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
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Ingredient score: 01
ULTRAMARINES
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) colorant, cosmetic colorant
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
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Ingredients from packaging:

WATER, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, SODIUM MYRETH SULFATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER PEG-200 HYDROGENATED GLYCERYL PALMATE, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERIN, PANTHENOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, MENTHOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ALCOHOL DENAT., PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, FRAGRANCE, LACTOSE, CELLULOSE, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, TRISODIUM EDTA, BENZOPHENONE-4, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, ULTRAMARINES.

Product's animal testing policies

Some cosmetics companies have taken People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Leaping Bunny animal-testing pledges. For consumers who are concerned about companies’ policies on animal testing, Skin Deep reports this information.


Unknown

Leading international certifiers PETA and Leaping Bunny have no information concerning this company’s use of animal testing.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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