What is it?
Sodium Benzoate is a preservative bacteriostatic and fungistatic in food, pharmaceutical and personal care products.

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

  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
  • Antiperspirants / Deodorants 
  • Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions
  • Hair Colorants / “Permanents-Relaxers”
  • Soaps / Cleansers
  • Shampoos / Conditioners
  • Moisturizers
  • Make-ups
  • Powders / Sprays
  • Pharmaceutical products - bacteriostatic and fungistatic
  • Toothpastes/mouthwash
  • Silver polish
  • Cough syrups
  • Fireworks
  • Animal foods
  • Preservative in foods:
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Margarine
  • Pickles
  • Soft drinks
  • Syrups
  • Salad dressings
  • Fruit juices
  • Condiments

Other names for sodium benzoate:
  • Benzoate of soda
  • Sodium benzoic acid
  • Antimol
  • AnE211 (food additive)

How safe is it?

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