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Dermatologists welcome recommendation by cosmetics trade association to remove MI from leave-on products

Dermatologists today welcomed the recommendation by Cosmetics Europe, the European cosmetics trade association, to all its members that the preservative Methylisothiazolinone (MI or MIT) should be immediately removed from all leave-on skin products and personal care products, including cosmetic wet wipes, without waiting for action from regulators.

Today’s statement follows discussions with European Society of Contact Dermatitis (ESCD) after fears of a contact allergy epidemic caused by MI were raised at the British Association of Dermatologists’ (BAD) annual conference.

Dr David Orton, President of the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy said:

“This is a promising step forward, and I welcome this demonstration of responsibility by Cosmetics Europe to pre-empt regulation on the use of MI. I hope that this recommendation will be adhered to by the association’s members and will go some way towards protecting UK and European consumers.

“Nevertheless, as it currently stands, this recommendation falls short of calling for the removal or a reduction of MI levels in rinse-off cosmetics, such as shower gels or shampoos. We still have concerns that its continued use at present concentrations in such products will elicit allergic reactions in those that are already sensitised. This is a matter which we are hoping to reach agreement on in future planned discussions.”

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