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Contact allergy to preservatives (methylisothiazolino
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I have finally had all my allergy testing done by NHS which confirms I am not allergic to anything else except methylisothiazolinone. This is a preservative found in lots of things. Problem is it is in many facial and body moisturisers. I have googled for hours but I have been unseccessful at finding products that I could use.
It is a contact allergy - so nasty itching then redness , blisters and watery red eyes etc. So all the products I use are making my skin worse and the eye creams are the worst.
Has anyone a similar allergy and does anyone know of any products that would be suitable. The perfumes etc in products are ok for me - it is this preservative tha is the problem.
It is shampoos, soaps, moisturisers, water based paint etc etc.
SOS - need help.
I also use No7 from Boots for moisturisers etc. their whole range is MI free
Ooh I cannot tell you how happy this thread makes me!! I never knew there were so many other people out there with this allergy! I'm a little different though as I have psoriasis and my allergy makes me breakout in new places or prevents me from getting rid of plaques, although if I'm in direct contact with it I will get a normal rash as well.
Kiim91 - I struggled to find decent ones for ages as I have quite dry hair and the only ones I could find were for greasy hair which did me no favours but I recently discovered the Garnier Ultimate Blends which are MI free
I've sadly just seen that my fabric conditioner contains MI though and I'm wondering if that is why I'm having a hard time clearing my skin up
I know Elvive shampoos don't have it, I buy them for my husband who has this allergy.
Carex and Palmolive hand soaps and Sanex bath/shower gels are also fine. I don't know about moisturisers.
Anyone have a list of shampoos/conditioners and moisturisers without MI (and it's various other names!) - forums I've read are out of date i.e. They say tresemè doesn't have it - and I've just read my conditioner bottle and it does have it in!
I am an Neal's Yard remedies Organic consultant I had a bad reaction and what made me change and become a consultant was the clarity in the products ingredients. No Msg no MI no nano o parabens, no animal testing, I was shocked to discover that the Famous brands I was using same or higher price range than NYRO were full of nasties. I recommend you check the labels and try using NYR is free from all those nasties - best of luck x
I have been reading your discussion about being allergic to Methylisothiazolinon
There is quite a helpful forum, try Googling EWG if you want further information.
This nasty preservative is Methylisothiazolinon
Please support this petition by signing it and getting your family and friends to sign it.
I would really appreciate your support if you please sign the petition to ban a nasty preservative that is used in everyday household products, toiletry and cosmetics.
It is found in most commonly used products (shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, soaps, hand wash creams, face wipes, baby nappy wipes, detergents, laundry washing liquids, fabric softeners, cosmetics including toothpastes, sunscreen lotions, moisturisers, lipsticks, foundations etc).
I am badly allergic to this preservative so is 10% of the UK population. I have to keep using the steroid creams to calm the rashes that I get from using every day products containing this.
It is a big struggle to find products free from this nasty preservative.
Please use the link below to sign the petition:
Please pass this link on to all your contacts.
I am an organic beauty therapist and MI allergy sufferer - I have found that Neal's Yard Remedies are the very best products to use... I can use all their ranges and they are really good too! No synthetic chemicals, preservatives, perfumes, animal testing or anything nasty
I am happy to send samples to anyone who would like to try some. Please get in touch via my therapy website www.edgeofeden.co.uk or my NYR consultants site uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/SarahNewton. My contact details are on both.
Oriflame do not use MIT (Methylisothiazolanone) in their products.
Elvive do not use it either. Their anti-dandruff shampoo (blue bottle) is particularly good for the allergic reaction to it. I get a severe reaction on my hands if I touch it. A nurse advised me to get it & was the best advice ever. Most washing-up liquids have it. ASDA own brand doesn't so I use that. Paraffin gel helps moisturise tender skin but if you get an allergy even this will hurt. It took my skin 2 months to settle after I stopped using MIT. I have to be always vigilant to have my own soap & shampoo everywhere I go. Avoid liquid soaps at all costs. Hope this helps :-)
I have had reactions to all Piz Brun products, I now use Morrisons sun creams & after sun - they're fab and a fraction of the price!!
I also had a reaction to Huggies Babywipes, I now use Simple babywipes instead.
After seeing watchdog last night this must be what I am allergic to.
I have trouble with wipes mainly but shampoo more recently.
I use Surcare washing up liquid which is fine.
Thanks for the help, lots of investigating to do.
A friend of mine makes her own natural skin and hair care range which doesn't contain any nasties, she sells online and at markets - www.sheaalchemy.co.uk, also check out sheaalchemy on facebook. She gets great feedback from her customers and offers good discounts from facebook. Good luck!
I use Jason's vitamin e oil or rosado mosqueta rose hip oil as a moisturiser, which I get from my local health shop. Rose water is a great toner. Jason's make a range of shower creams shampoos etc that are free of this, to the cheapest but often on bogof deals in health shops.
I have found many natural and organic brands are safe to use, if they are really 100% natural.
Other product lines I use are:
Natures Gate products
Oil of Olay
Rodin & Fields
My hairdresser and I went through all of her products and made note of which ones I can use, and which I can't. So now i have that on file when i get my hair done, which is such a Relief to not have to worry about it every time. i find that it's not that hard to find products that I can use, it's just a matter of reading labels.
Hi there, just found your notes on Methylchloroisothiazolinone allergy. Baby 8 months old now and my,hands are ruined!! I was wondering if I could have your list of products that do/don't contain this product? I use Clinique and it seems fine - is this on your list as ok? Pretty sure the main issue is the baby wipes - any suggestions of good ones? Pampers sensitive seem ok. Such a relief to see your blog and try and work out how to get my hands back to normal.
I also found I had this allergy after testing through private healthcare last year. The maim trigger for my reactions are baby wipes and baby bubble bath/shampoo..not ideal when you have a 2 & 3 year old. I have since discovered that the baby Simple range is Methylisothiazolinone free as are all Body Shop products (they confirmed this to me via e-mail). I am currently on holiday though and it seems all our suncreams(boots soltan once) are laced with Methylisothiazolinone so I'm itching like mad. Anyone know of any alternatives?
i find this website useful
Hi everyone, Thanks for all the hints. Methyl Isothiazolinones + methylchloro Isothiasolinone does go under various names FYI :2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one.
Euxyl K 100
Fennosan IT 21
Mitco CC 32 L
My big struggle is with finding facial care - moisturisers etc and makeup. Lots of VERY well known barnds include this as a preservative. I guess I can't say here which brands but if you want to know then email me and I can tell you. I can rule out Olay, Nivea and here is the one that upsets many a sensitive soul Eucerin. Also the new "greener" water based paints contain it as a preservative. The list is endless. Sigh.
Googling has been tiresome. So emailing companies directly now to ask specifically if they use this ingredient in their products.
So for all of you that have this allergy I can pass this on if you wish. I am not sure if Mumsnet would be unhappy about posting this info regarding brands on their site? Any advice on that.
I have the same allergy. Have discovered all L'oreal shampoos and conditioners are fine. Most washing detergents are fine but some fabric conditioners have it in (you just have to check labels). All palmolive/radox bath and shower products, liquid soaps etc are fine as far as I know. Also check washing-up liquid - all Asda own brand and indeed most Fairy liquids have it in (I call it the long "M" word as can never remember it unless I see it written down!)
Also watch out for sun creams - many do have it in, though Boots Soltan all seem fine.
Wikaniko also have a great range of health and beauty products with no parabens or nasty chemicals... all online unless you have a local distributor but you can become a co-op customer (free) and buy at wholesale prices. I can supply more info if req'd
It's also worth going to Boots/Superdrug/supermarket and just reading through the ingredients of things. I found a small range of products I could use in my local Tesco, and was also able to rule things out. Googling didn't produce the most helpful information.
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