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EC Approves Ban on MIT Preservative in Cosmetics

October 13, 2016

The European Commission (EC) has approved the ban on methylisothiazolinone (MIT) in cosmetic products. MIT is specifically used in water-based formulations such as in shampoos, liquid soaps, hand lotions and wet wipes.

The ban is made after MIT was found to have sensitizing potential, causing allergic reactions to skin such as skin inflammation and itchiness.

The ban on the use of MIT was proposed last year and was implemented starting last month. The second ban will happen in February 2017 for rinse-off products.