What is it?
Titanium dioxide is the naturally occurring oxide of the metal, titanium. It is used in a wide range of applications from paint to sunscreen to food coloring.

How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with titanium dioxide is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing titanium dioxide 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 not enough information, ask your pharmacist or retailer or contact the company directly. At work, request
a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

  • Adhesives
  • Ceramics
  • Coated fabrics and textiles
  • Coatings
  • Floor coverings
  • Foods
  • Gum
  • Marking ink
  • Tattoo pigments
  • Medications (pills and tablets)
  • Paints
  • Papers
  • Personal care products
    • Antiperspirants
    • Bath powders
    • Cosmetic coloring
    • Depilatories
    • Eye liners
    • Face powders
    • Hand lotions
    • Lipsticks
    • Liquid powders
    • Nail polish
    • Protective creams
    • Sunblock and sunscreens
    • Toothpaste
    • White eye shadows
  • Plastics
  • Printing inks
  • Red-colored candy
  • Rubber
  • Varnishes
Other names for titanium dioxide:
  • Titania
  • Pigment white 9
  • Titanium white
  • Titanium (IV) oxide 
  • Rutile
  • Anatase

How safe is it?

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