What is DMDM Hydantoin?
Its primary function is as a microbial preservative.
What’s the Big Friggin Deal?
On the low-low, it is actually a formaldehyde releaser because it can actually be contaminated with carcinogenic formaldehyde.
For those of you who don’t know, or maybe you do, formaldehyde is a chemical used to embalm bodies. Think about that. It is also used in some household products. This chemical is known to be a human irritant and can cause eye and skin allergens and possible lung allergens. There is not much evidence it is cancerous, but then again, look at asbestos…
Where Can You Find DMDM Hydantoin?
This preservative is found in many cosmetics such as shampoos, conditioners and styling products. I even have some in this As I Am gel I have in here that I am tempted to not use so much because it does have this chemical and that scares me.
Now DMDM H- can be released over time and not necessarily when you open a product, and I remember even before my journey learning about this chemical and that it can release the harmful chemicals when products are held for a longer period of time versus when the product is newly purchased. I had stopped buying as many products as possible with this ingredient. Now that worked but then something odd happened…
I noticed that this product occurs a lot in protein treatments. Especially products that contain collagen, keratin, and are marketed for straightening hair. Lately, I have also been noticing this ingredient in natural products and high end products. Not sure what the BFD is about this preservative, but its very well loved in the cosmetics that are found in our local BSS’s.
As of right now, I am heavily scrutinizing all the products I buy and their ingredients. Preservatives are in almost every product we buy with good cause but with so many other options out there that are less harmful to the human body, I guess I will have to pass up on the good stuff to reduce my use of this product.
Do You Know Your Ingredients?
One Day, It Will Happen