Cosmetics firms told to scrap ingredient linked to dermatitis

Emma Woollacott
Young woman in bathroom clean face make-up removal looking mirror
Young woman in bathroom clean face make-up removal looking mirror

Cosmetics manufacturers have been asked to stop using a particular preservative after a report linking it to a serious increase in skin allergies and dermatitis.

The substance - Methylisothiazolinone, known as MI or MIT - is found in moisturisers, sun creams, facial cleansing wipes and shampoos from brands including L'Oreal, Olay, Nivea and Clarins. It first came into use in 2006, and has been widely used ever since.

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