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Common Household Products Blamed for Allergy Surge

Doctors are calling it the unseen epidemic.  Beauty lotions and other household products are being blamed for a skin allergy surge.

For my blog, I don't just focus on weather topics.  I also occasionally pick an environmental topic, and this one definitely caught my attention.

Preservatives used in widely-used products may be behind a rise in allergies.  Skin researchers say MI and MCI can cause itching, hives and redness.

Preservatives used in Nivea skin lotion, some L'Oreal creams and Wet Ones cleaning wipes are being linked to an outbreak of acute allergic contact dermatitis.

The ingredients are MI or MCI, and these are also found in mascara, shower gels and washing liquids.  Dermatologists say they have seen an increase in allergic reactions - including facial swelling, itching, hives and redness.  They say it's all caused by exposure to the preservatives.

The legal limit is 0.01 percent of MI, and experts say this is too high.  They want the levels cut more or completely eliminated. 

The American Contact Dermatitis Society named MI the 'contact allergen of the year' for 2013.  They are hoping this will draw more attention to the case.

The full names of the ingredients... Methylisothiazolinone (MI) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone/Methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MI) have been used since the 1980s.

Products that contain the ingredients include Nivea body lotion and facial cleaning wipes, Wet Ones, Piz Buin 1 Day Long Lotion and L'Oréal Revitalift Laser Renew moisturizer.

Wet Ones, L'Oreal and Piz Buin insist their products are safe.



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