What is it?
Dodecyl gallate is an antioxidant and preservative in personal care products and foods, especially those containing fats or oils.

How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with dodecyl gallate is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing dodecyl gallate 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, 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 Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

Direct contact with foods or products containing dodecyl gallate may cause symptoms including burning, irritation and redness. Direct contact may occur on the skin, lips, or mouth. It is possible, but rare, that ingestion of this substance could cause generalized symptoms such as itching or redness of the skin.

  • Foods
    • Margarine
    • Peanut butter
    • Oils
    • Broths and instant soups
    • Gravies
    • Instant potato products
    • Marzipan and marzipan-like products
    • Chewing gum
    • Flavoring agents
    • Antioxidant in flour
  • Antioxidant
    • Cosmetic cream
    • Emulsions
    • Lip balm
    • Sunscreen
    • Lipstick
    • Facial cleanser
    • Mouthwash/Toothpaste
  • Pharmaceutical creams and emulsions
  • Topical medications
  • Various fats, oils, and waxes
  • Paint and lacquer industry
  • Paper industry
  • Pet care
Other names for Dodecyl Gallate:
  • Benzoic acid 3,4,5-Trihydroxy-dodecyl ester
  • Laurylgallate
  • Progallin LA (NIPA)
  • 3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoic acid, dodecyl ester
  • Dodecyl 3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoate
  • Gallic acid, dodecyl ester
  • Gallic acid, lauryl ester

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Other gallate ester compounds

How safe is it?

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