Understanding the Banned 20: Chlorphenesin

What is Chlorphenesin and what are the dangers associated?

The Banned 20 has been created by the team at Sinensis to provide an insight into the 20 ingredients/compounds that we have completely eliminated from our skincare products.

Our clinical background and perseverance has demonstrated that it is possible to create skincare products that do not use potentially dangerous chemicals for your skin.

Not to be confused with the muscle relaxant, Chlorphenesin is a synthetic preservative made in the laboratory and used in over 1,300 cosmetic products worldwide. It is commonly found in hair products, moisturisers, toners, foundations, anti-ageing creams and mascaras.

Chlorphenesin is popular in the cosmetic industry because of its anti-fungal properties. It is also used to prevent colour changes, preserve the pH levels, prevent emulsion breakdown and inhibit microorganism growth. There is no wonder why this versatile ingredient is included in such a vast amount of products.

Despite its popular demand within the cosmetic industry, research has found it can cause dermatitis, particularly eczema, in those with sensitive, dry skin and also has a high irritancy rate for those allergic to preservatives. Research has also show that Chlorphenesin can depress the central nervous system and cause respiratory problems such as short or shallow breath amongst infants. This ingredient has previously been used in nipple creams, a product ingested by infants when breastfeeding.

Synthetic preservatives have proven not to be the safest option, especially if you’re avoiding harmful chemicals and sticking to the banned 20. Initially, it may seem difficult to steer clear of products such as Chlorphenesin, but there are plenty of natural alternatives such as Rosemary oil, grapefruit seed extract and almond hemp. They’re far safer, smell better and your skin will be thankful! 

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