Formaldehyde releasing agents are chemical compounds that slowly release formaldehyde. They are formulated in a number of cosmetic and hair-care products.
Formaldehyde is used as an antimicrobial agent, so formaldehyde releasing agents are often used in skin care products as preservatives.
Most formaldehyde-releasing agents are considered safe for use in cosmetic products in certain amounts. However, formaldehyde releasing agents can cause allergic contact dermatitis.
Those with sensitive skin or allergies to formaldehyde should take caution when using products that contain formaldehyde releasing agents.
What Are Formaldehyde Releasing Agents?
Formaldehyde-releasing agents are chemical compounds that slowly release formaldehyde. They are formulated in a number of cosmetics and hair-care products. Common formaldehyde releasing agents include:
What Do Formaldehyde Releasing Agents Do?
Formaldehyde is used as an antimicrobial agent, so formaldehyde-releasing agents are often used in skin care products as preservatives. Below is a table of the formaldehyde-releasing agents and their functions.
Potential Side Effects of Formaldehyde Releasing Agents
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