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Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs)

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Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs)
Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs)

PEGs (polyethylene glycols) is a term used to refer to a broad set of petroleum-based compounds that are frequently used in personaly care products and cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers, often in baby productsi. There are concerns that the raw materials used to make PEGs are linked to carcinogensi, and are contaminated with 1,4-dioxaneiii.


REFERENCES:

i) Safety Assessment of Alkyl PEG/PPG Ethers as Used in Cosmetics

iii) Occurrence of 1,4-Dioxane in Cosmetic Raw Materials and Finished Cosmetic Products

Ingredient origins:
Hydrocarbons
Role:
Carrier
EWG score: The EWG score is a hazard score ranging from 1-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard) published by the Environmental Working Group. Their data is sourced from the Skin Deep® database and studies published in open scientific literature.
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