What is it?
Diethanolamine is found in products as an emulsifier for a creamy texture and foaming action.

How can I avoid it?
Skin exposure with Diethanolamine is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Diethanolamine should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the U.S. for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it. 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.

  • Detergents – laundry and dishwashing
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Corrosion inhibitor
  • Occupational exposure for
    • Metal workers
    • Refinery workers
    • Textile processing
  • Skin care products/cosmetics
    • Cosmetics
    • Hair conditioner
    • Shampoo
    • Soaps

Other names for Diethanolamine:
  • DEA
  • 2,2´-Dihydroxy Diethylamine
  • Diaethanolamine
  • Diolamine
  • Iminodiethanol
  • Bis(2-hydroxyethyl)amine

How safe is it?

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