Doctors in the UK have raised concerns about a preservative used commonly in moisturisers, toners, deodorants, shampoos, cosmetics and baby wipes. Preservatives methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MI) have been linked to an outbreak of acute dermatitis, mostly in women over 40. In the US, the American Contact Dermatitis Society named MI ‘contact allergen of the year’ for 2013. 

Research in the UK suggests that the rate of allergy to these two preservatives is around 10%. Here, a study by the Contact Dermatitis Clinic, Skin and Cancer Foundation in Melbourne found that MI is also an "important allergen in both cosmetic and occupational settings in Australia." Allergic reactions to the preservatives include facial swelling, itching, hives and redness.

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Yours in skin health,