For many people, their skin can be a real issue. Your skin is the first thing people notice about you, and if it is sore, blotchy or flakey it can really effect your self confidence. The most frustrating thing about skin issues is when you don’t know what is causing them.
Recently WalesOnline journalist Will Hayward wrote about his long search to get to the bottom of his chronic skin condition. You can read his account here.
In the end, he found that the chemical Methylisothiazolinone was causing his issues. Methylisothiazolinone is one of the most common chemical allergies in the UK and unfortunately it is in many everyday products. If you ever have reactions you can’t explain it could be worth cutting this chemical to see if there is an improvement.
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What products contain Methylisothiazolinone?
Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is a preservative used in baby wipes and other personal products, which is currently causing an appreciable number of cases of allergic contact dermatitis, an itchy skin rash. Preservatives like MI are needed in moist wipes to prevent bacterial contamination.
MI may be found in a range of cosmetic and personal products including:
- Disposable wet wipes including baby wipes and make-up removal wipes
- Shampoos and conditioners
- Body washes and hand cleaners
Many are really common household products such as Fairy Liquid and all Dove body lotions (event the sensitive ones).
How to check if your products contain MI
You will be able to check on the packing for the product if it contains MI. However there are alternative names which mean the same thing including: Acticide MBS / MBR, Algucid CH50, Amerstat 250, Euxyl K 100, Fennosan IT 21, Grotan K / TK2, Isocil(R) PC, Kathon CG / LX / WT, Lonzaserve(R) PC, Mergal K7, Metatin GT, Mitco CC 31/32 L, Neolone CapG / 950 / MxP, Optiphen, Parmetol A / DF / K ,Piror P109, Promex Alpha / BM, Proxel AQ / PL / XL2, Salicat MM / MI-10 / K100 / K145, Salimix MCI, Sharomix MI / , T / MCI, and Special Mx 323.
This list is not complete but covers most of the main ones. If in doubt this website contains loads of great information and links to products that are MI free.