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Dimethylethanolamine (Dimethyl MEA)

Today's Chemical:


EWG Risk Score:


What is it:

pH adjuster; 

Why is it a risk:

Strong evidence of immune and respiratory toxicity.  Also a possible skin irritant.

Types of products it's found in:

Facial moisturizer, toner, sunscreen, make up, eye cream

A few brands that use this ingredient:

Eve Organics

Ecco Bella

derma e



Dr. Michelle

Steph's Opinion:

Although it's not the worst chemical out there, it is something that I would personally avoid.  I would especially recommend avoiding it if you're chemically sensitive, have sensitive skin, or have a weakened immune system.


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Reader Comments (3)

I agree, Steph. I would avoid any ingredient with the possibility of skin damage or disease.

Sat, February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOrganic Cosmetics

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Mon, March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob Palulis

Thanks Rob and Robin! :) We appreciate your support.

Fri, March 5, 2010 | Registered Commenter[Stephanie Greenwood]

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