What is formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde is a gas that is used in a number of household and construction products. It is also used to make other chemical ingredients. Formaldehyde is never used in significant amounts in skin care or cosmetic products. This is due to the fact that it is a gas and cannot be formulated into liquid or creamy products.
What is occasionally found in skin care products is methanediol, a version of formaldehyde found in nail hardening or fortifying products, as well as in some keratin treatments. Formaldehyde is found in some products such as hair care, fragrance, or body products as there are some ingredients that release formaldehyde gas which is used in skin care products such as diazolidinyl urea.
Formaldehyde is mainly used in products such as wood glue, insulation materials, compressed wood or as a food preservative.
Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring ingredient. Most humans and other living organisms produce small amounts of formaldehyde as part of their natural metabolic processes.
the good:Formaldehyde is one of the best nail strengthening ingredients on the market.
not that good:It has been linked to a number of cancers and can cause respiratory irritation.
For whom is that?People who want to use a nail strengthening product.
Synergetic ingredients:Doesn’t have any synergistic ingredients, it is more of an ingredient in its own right.
Keep an eye on:Keep an eye out for other possible sources of formaldehyde such as household products.
Why is formaldehyde used?
In short, formaldehyde is not used in skin care. They sometimes appear as a by-product of other ingredients, but this usually occurs in small amounts, certainly not in high enough concentrations to warrant concerns.
What are the formaldehyde concerns?
Methanediol, the form of formaldehyde used in nail strengthening products, is often where formaldehyde concerns arise in skin care or personal care products. The same concerns exist with products that contain formaldehyde-releasing ingredients. There are several reasons for these concerns.
The first is that formaldehyde is a known irritant. It can cause watery eyes, coughing, and difficulty breathing, and is known to trigger asthma attacks. Formaldehyde as a gas can also cause headaches associated with displaced oxygen levels.
The second problem is that formaldehyde is a known carcinogen for humans, which means it can increase the risk of cancer. Some studies have suggested a link between sinus cancer and formaldehyde, and nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.
Is Formaldehyde Safe?
In general, formaldehyde is relatively rare in skin care and many countries have introduced regulations to reduce the use of formaldehyde in skin care and cosmetic products.
With any product or ingredient, the way in which it is used and formulated are the most important factors in determining its safety. So, making sure you are using a nail product in a well-ventilated area will reduce the risk. However, because of its irritant potential and links to cancer, it can be an ingredient to look out for.
What is important in avoiding formaldehyde is the number of other household products it is used in and the potential exposure you may get from others Sources.
References:Iversen, Olav, 1986. “Formaldehyde and Skin Carcinogenesis”, Environment International, Volume 12, is. 5, pp. 541-544.
Kim, K, Jahan, S & Lee, J, 2011. “Exposure to Formaldehyde and Its Potential Hazards to Human Health,” Journal of Environmental Science and Health, vol. 29 is. 4th
Delikhoon, M., Fazlzadeh, M., Sorooshian, A., Baghani, A., Golaki, M., Ashournejad, Q. & Barkhordari, A., 2018. “Properties and health effects of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in an urban area in Iran “, environmental pollution vol. 242, pp. 938-951.