Dimethylethanolamine (Dimethyl MEA)
Fri, February 12, 2010 at 11:53 PM
[Stephanie Greenwood]

Today's Chemical:

Dimethylethanolamine

EWG Risk Score:

4

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

Neutrogena

Zia

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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