What is it?
Zinc pyrithione is a bacteriocidal and fungicidal chemical used in personal care products and topical medication.

How do I avoid it?
Skin contact with zinc pyrithione is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing zinc pyrithione 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.

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal 
  • Personal Care Products 
    • Anti-seborrheic and anti-dandruff used in shampoos and hair creams
    • Anti-psoriasis preparations
    • Cleansing products
    • Hair rinses (non-coloring)
    • Eyeliners 
    • Face powder (dusting and talc) 
    • Tonic, dressings, and other hair grooming aids 
    • Hair conditioners 
  • Household antibacterial treated sponges 
  • Outdoor paint with anti-mildew properties
Other names for Zinc Pyrithione:
  • Vancide ZP 
  • Zinc 2-pyridinethiol-1-oxide
  • Zinc omadine
  • Zinc pyridinethione
  • Zincon 
  • Zinc bis(2-pyridylthio)-N-oxide 
  • ZPT
  • Pyrithione Zinc
Potential cross-reacting/co-reaction substances: 
  • Ethylenediamine
  • Piperazine

How safe is it?

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