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Whats the fuss about Polyethylene glycol or PEG?

Updated: Jun 19



what is PEG (polyethylene glycol)


What is PEG?


Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a chemical substance made from petroleum-based sources. It's a synthetic polymer found in many skincare formulations.

Why is it used in formulations?


PEG is often used in skincare formulations to improve the texture of creams and for its solubilizing and stabilizing properties. It greatly helps in increasing the shelf life of the product.


What's the fuss?


Skin concerns


Some individuals may be sensitive or allergic to PEG. Allergic reactions can manifest as skin irritation, redness, or itching.


Health Concerns



https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredients/726229-ETHYLENE_OXIDE/


During the production of PEG, ethylene oxide is used, and it is possible for trace amounts of ethylene oxide to remain in the final product. Ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen, and its presence in minute quantities has raised some concerns.


Environmental concerns


The production of ethylene oxide and, by extension, PEG involves petrochemical processes, which can have environmental implications. The extraction and processing of crude oil or natural gas contribute to environmental concerns such as air and water pollution, habitat disruption, and greenhouse gas emissions.


In 2021, Environmental Science and Technology Letters tested 231 cosmetic products for fluorinated compounds. High levels of fluorine would indicate that PFAS are likely present.
Of the cosmetics tested, they found the highest levels of fluorine in foundations, concealers, lip products and other face products such as blush, bronzers and powders. When they tested products with the highest fluorine levels, they all contained at least four types of harmful PFAS. The majority of the products analyzed had no PFAS listed on their labels.

What Are the Health and Environmental Risks?



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Here are some tips to lower your PFA exposure



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We at Bambouberry do not use PEG in any of our products!


How do you know if your product has PEG?


Read the label!



Do you read a cosmetic label before making a purchase?

  • Yes! I am a concious consumer!

  • No! I am blindly influenced by celebrities!



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