How safe is it?

What is it?
Polyethylene glycol is a compound with many applications from industrial manufacturing to medicine.

How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with Polyethylene glycol is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Polyethylene glycol 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.

Uses:
  • Glues 
  • Epoxy hardeners 
  • Lubricant sizing agent for textiles
  • Food and food packaging 
  • Paper coatings
  • Polishes 
  • Water paints
  • Insect repellents 
  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
    • Gels, tonics, lotions, and hairdressing products
    • Toothpaste
    • Soaps / Cleansers/ household detergents
    • Shampoos / Conditioners 
    • Moisturizers/lotions 
    • Plastibase 
    • Personal lubricants 
  • Medication 
    • Furacin Soluble dressing powder
    • Preparation for bowel surgery or colonoscopy 
    • Topical anesthetics 
    • Contraceptives 
    • Antifungal and antibacterial topical treatments 
    • Eye drops 
    • Athlete's foot treatment
Other names for polyethylene glycol:
  • Polyethylene glycol 400 Isostearate (PEG 400)
  • Polyethylene (8) Isostearate
  • PEG
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