What is it?
Benzyl-4-hydroxy-benzoate is an ingredient used as a preservative in food, cosmetics and therapeutic products. It is a member of the paraben family.

How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with Benzyl-4-hydroxy-benzoate is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Benzyl-4-hydroxy-benzoate should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is no information ask your pharmacist or call the company directly. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

  • Antiseptic agent
  • Disinfectant
  • Foods and flavorings
  • Skin care products/Cosmetics
    • Antiperspirants/Deodorants
    • Make-ups
    • Moisturizers
    • Powders/Sprays
    • Shampoos/Conditioners
    • Shaving products
    • Soaps/Cleansers
    • Sunscreens and self-tanners

Other names for Benzyl-4-hydroxy-benzoate:
  • 4-Hydroxybenzoic acid benzyl ester
  • Benzyl-p-hydroxybenzoate
  • Benzylparaben
  • Benzyl paraben
  • Benzyl Parasept
  • Benzyl Tegosept
  • p-Hydroxybenzoic acid benzyl ester
  • Parosept
  • Solbrol Z

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Other parabens

How safe is it?

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