Chemical Methylisothiazolinone in everyday health products known to cause skin allergies

Chemical Methylisothiazolinone in everyday health products known to cause skin allergies
Chemical Methylisothiazolinone in everyday health products known to cause skin allergies

Chemical Methylisothiazolinone in everyday health products known to cause skin allergies

Chemical Methylisothiazolinone in everyday health products known to cause skin allergies
The dangers of Methylisothiazolinone are disturbingly real as the chemical is regularly being used in the products we find in our bathroom cabinets and travel bags.

The chemical is causing many people to suffer from allergic reactions or acute contact dermatitis. If you have suffered from a skin reaction after using a product containing Methylisothiazolinone, call us on 0800 001 4496. We believe that businesses should always live up to their legal requirement to protect consumers, so will be on hand to provide you with any legal advice and support you need.

What products contain Methylisothiazolinone?

A number of products have been found to contain the chemical Methylisothiazolinone, including:

  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
  • Umberto Giannini
  • Charles Worthington

BBC Watchdog also revealed that one of the largest cosmetic producers in the UK Johnson & Johnson has been using the chemical in its Piz Buin 1 Day Long Suncream. In one incident, a consumer of the sun cream was rushed to A&E with a severe allergic reaction which caused blistering to the skin and restricted airways.

In a statement from Johnson & Johnson to BBC’s watchdog, the company explained that the product is being used to preserve shelf life and not improve the product dermatologically. It appears to be another case where the company in question is attempting to maximise profits at any cost.

Skin allergies from everyday health products

Statistics show that an average of 1-2% of people experience irritation from beauty and cosmetic products.

However, figures have revealed that 1 in 10 people are likely to suffer from a reaction to Methylisothiazolinone. Previous products that have caused more than 4.5% of users to suffer a reaction have been pulled from the market, begging the question – why are certain brands still selling their products knowing that 10% of its users will come to harm?

Fortunately, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to replace the cream with a more chemically friendly product that doesn’t contain Methylisothiazolinone, but this is not expected to hit the shelves until summer 2014.

Our recommendations

For consumers

Unfortunately, it seems that there are a number of shower gels, soaps, sun creams and body lotions that still contain the chemical. We would advise anyone that suffers from dermatological problems or is aware of a Methylisothiazolinone allergy to check any cosmetic products before use.

If you do get a skin reaction caused the chemical, be sure to seek medical advice right away. Meanwhile, we can offer you guidance on the legal steps you can take in order to be fully recompensed for any ill effects you have suffered.

For employers

Roberts Jackson takes a firm stance on any product or environment that causes harm to anyone’s well-being and we would encourage employers (especially those whose businesses involve cosmetic and beauty services) to check the products currently being used and the substances in them.

Adequate protection for employees and customers should be provided and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations should be understood and enforced. It is now estimated that 84,000 people across all industries suffer with dermatitis caused or made worse by their work.

Contact us for advice and information

Roberts Jackson Team Leader and Case Handler, Joanna Parry has commented: “Allergic reactions to products can stay with you for life, and we are only too aware of the impact such reactions have on our clients’ day to day lives. Even exposure to a very small amount of product can bring on symptoms of severe itching, blistering and cracking of the skin.”

If you have suffered with a skin condition that you believe has been caused or made worse by either your employment or a product, speak to Roberts Jackson today on 0800 001 4496 for a free initial consultation. Our legal team will be able to gain a full understanding of your circumstances, answer any questions and provide you with information on all the options that are available to you.

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