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Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol is a colorless, viscous, hydroscopic liquid CH3, CHOHCH2OH, used in anti-freeze solutions, in hydraulic fluids, and as a solvent. Also called "propanediol".
- American Heritage Encyclopedia Dictionary.

Propylene Gycol is used in:
  • BRAKE*
  • PROCESSED FOODS and many more personal care items.

Propylene Glycol also serves as a Humectant - a substance that helps retain moisture content, or simply- it prevents things from dying out. That's why some pet foods are soft and chewy. This, of course, is a good reason it's in cosmetics and personal care items. It makes the skin to feel moist and soft. And, the products don't dry out. Propylene Glycol is also found in baby wipes and even some processed foods! Go ahead, check your labels!

How Much of this STUFF is OK?

Implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; can inhabit skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage.
-- Material Safety Data Sheets(MSDS)

A published clinical review showed propylene glycol causes a significant number of reactions and was primary irritant to the skin even in low levels of concentrations.
- The American Academy of Dermatologists, Inc.; Jan. '91

  • May be harmful by inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption.
  • May cause eye irritation, skin irritation.
  • Exposure can cause gastro-intestenal disturbances, nausea, headache and vomiting, central nervous system depression.
    -- Material Safety Data Sheets(MSDS)

In 1938, the FDA grand fathered the use of several ingredients as safe for personal care items, with restrictions of course. Based on what?

Like DEA, PROPYLENE GLYCOL may be absorbed through the skin.

    Do You Really Need To Wait For A Study?
  • Has anyone or any company tested the long range side effects from constant use of these products? We haven't found any.
  • Do these complex chemicals build up in our bodies? If Propylene Glycol keeps things from dying out- how?
  • If it's absorbed into our bloodstream and into our cells, what does it do?
  • Does it affect any of the simple, natural biological functions at the cellular level?
  • You don't need a study to say - it's possible, even likely.
You do need a conclusive study to make the producers stop using these ingredients! Yes, this is the beginning to sound like another great American Tobacco Scandal. But before you get complacent and think the government is going to step in - think again. Look how long it has taken the cigarette pushers to get grilled
...20 Years after the first Surgeon General's report.

In fairness, the producers of these products are just doing business as usual. They use Propylene Glycol and other questionable substances because it's the way things have been done for decades and the FDA isn't stopping them. These common, plentiful ingredients are inexpensive and consumers generally shop price. Changing to safer ingredients would mean slightly higher costs in a very competitive market.

Now that DEA has been linked to cancer, the FDA has something new to valuate, while the producers have a new issue to defend. If DEA is banned or restricted, how long will it take?

At this time it's known if Propylene Glycol is the target of many studies. The folks formulating products with propylene glycol probably won't be changing anything soon. So, if you think Anti-Freeze ingredients in your expensive cosmetics and personal care items is disgusting...and this is just the tip of the iceburg!

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