METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE AND METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE are preservatives found in a multitude of products, including those claiming to be “natural”. The list includes cleaning products, detergents, lotions, sunscreens, shampoos, conditioners, hair coloring, body washes, mascara, shaving cream, make-up remover, liquid soaps, and baby products including wipes, lotions and shampoos . MIT and CMIT have been linked to allergic reactions, lung toxicity, and neurotoxicity . The European Society of Contact Dermatitis has recommended that MIT no longer be used in leave-on skin products . In Japan, the concentration of these ingredients are restricted in cosmetics . Health issues commonly linked to MIT include: skin reactions (it is a contact allergen), skin sensitization, painful rashes, inhalation toxicity, organ toxicity, neurotoxicity (based on lab studies on the brand cells of mammals)  . .
-How to avoid methylisothiazolinone
To avoid methylisothiazolinone, be sure to read ingredient labels and avoid products that contain MIT. If you have sensitive skin, you should especially avoid products that contain both CMIT and MIT . For babies and young children, be aware that methylisothiazolinone may be in sunscreens and even baby wipes that have been labeled “hypoallergenic”  That’s because there are no government standards stipulating criteria for hypoallergenic products.
 Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (2016). Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone. Available online: http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/methylisothiazolinone/ January 23, 2017.
 EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (2007-2016). Methylisothiazolinone. Available online: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703935/METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE/ December 20, 2016.
 Healthy Child Healthy World. (2015). The 5 Worst Ingredients in Kids’ Body Care Products. Available online: http://www.healthychild.org/the-5-worst-ingredients-in-kids-body-care-products/ December 20, 2016. .
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