Monday, December 15, 2008

Bad News Chemical: Imidazolidinyl Urea

The name isn't the only thing that looks nasty about this common chemical. Imidazolidinyl Urea is put into cosmetics to kill bacteria growth and as a preservative. I have often seen it on labels as a substitute for Parabens. It is a kissing cousin to the Diazolidinyl Urea and is a Formaldehyde releaser.

Imidazolidinyl Urea - cousin to Diazolidinyl and a Formaldehyde releaser
Diazolidinyl Urea - carcinogen
Formaldehyde - carcinogen

Are we there yet?

Wikipedia chemical explanations

Quick finding of products that contain this chemical or the Diaz Urea:
1. My Walgreen's Alpha Hydroxy Cream I love so much. :-<
2. ProActive Acne Solution Kits
3. Yes to Carrots - which has great ingredients, except for this one!
4. Garnier Nutritioniste skin products
5. Gold Bond Lotion

1 comment:

RevitaDerm said...

I have often seen it on labels as a substitute for Parabens. It is a kissing cousin to the Diazolidinyl Urea and is a Formaldehyde releaser.