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
Powders / Sprays
Pharmaceutical products - bacteriostatic and fungistatic