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Some ingredients release formaldehyde, which is linked to cancer. The EPA classifies it as a possible carcinogen. The following ingredients either release or breakdown into formaldehyde:

  • bronopol (or 2-brono-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol)

  • diazolidinyl urea

  • DMDM hydantion

  • imidazolidinyl urea

  • quaternium 15

In a study conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on 28 children’s skin care products, 23 (or 82%) contained formaldehyde at levels between 54-610ppm.