Date
12 December 2017
Cleansing waters and wipes are widely used to remove makeup, but some contain potentially harmful  preservatives. Photo: Metro Daily
Cleansing waters and wipes are widely used to remove makeup, but some contain potentially harmful preservatives. Photo: Metro Daily

Preservatives in facial cleansers, wipes could hurt skin

More than a fifth of facial cleansing waters and wipes sold in Hong Kong contain preservatives that can cause skin diseases, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

The Consumer Council found that 10 out of 46 brands of cleansers contain the preservatives methylisothiazolinone (MIT) or methylchloroisothiazolinone (CMIT), as do nearly half the samples of no-rinse disposable wipes it examined.

The chemicals can cause redness or inflammation of the skin.

Professor Michael Hui King-man, chairman of the council’s publicity and community relations committee, was quoted as saying that users will not necessarily show symptoms of an allergy. It would depend on factors such as how much of the products they use.

The European Commission has revised cosmetics regulations to allow the preservatives MIT or CMIT to be used only in flushable products, but there are no such rules in Hong Kong, he said.

Dermatologist Chan Hau Ngai suggests consumers bathe and clean the face with water after using cleansing wipes, as they cannot remove dust residue, grease or sweat stains on the skin.

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