Propyl gallate is a preservative. They are used in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries as an antioxidant to prevent oils and fats from becoming rancid.
How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with Propyl gallate is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Propyl gallate 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.
Cereals, including oats
Cocoa products, including imitations and chocolate substitutes
Cooked pasta and noodles
Dairy-based desserts (pudding and flavored yoghurt)
Egg-based desserts (custard)
Herbs, spices, seasonings, and condiments
Rice and tapioca pudding
Water-based flavored drinks including “Sport and Energy” drinks