We’ve got another ingredient to share with you. This one here is commonly used to better preserve both skin and hair care products. It’s called Tetrasodium EDTA and it’s super common to find on product labels today.
Though many praise this ingredient for its ability to help reduce the amount of deterioration that takes place of products and the mold growth that destroys products to the point of being unusable, some people have valid concerns about the use of this ingredient.
You’re probably wondering what specifically. Well, some believe that Tetrasodium EDTA might cause cancer and also impact reproduction. One of the main issues with this ingredient is that it typically does not play an active ingredient role which makes it often difficult to spot on an ingredients label.
Since this ingredient is so widely used in lotions, bath and shower cleansing products, as well as skin creams, it’s crucial that you investigate those types of products before making a decision to purchase any product containing the ingredient.
How Does Tetrasodium EDTA Work Exactly?
There is one specific end goal that this ingredient must accomplish when used. Its job is to simply prevent a product from becoming rancid as well as growing mold. The ingredient is not found naturally, it’s actually made through combining three specific chemicals e.g. ethylenediamine, formaldehyde and sodium cyanide.
There are meta ions that exist within skin care products are what can cause skin care products to spoil or go bad. Tetrasodium EDTA does a great job in neutralizing these meta ions.
While all that might sound fine and dandy, it doesn’t mean that all positives come from this. The ingredient has been known to cause health problems from use over a long period of time. Sure, it can help neutralize skin care products and make formulas safer for overall use, but it can cause issues with how the body typically functions.
What Else Does It Do?
Aside from preserving products, Tetrasodium EDTA does a great job of making it easier to penetrate your natural skin barrier. As a result, other ingredients are able to penetrate the skin and work as effectively as possible. This may help them work better, but I’m not 100% on that.
One other thing to remember about Tetrasodium EDTA and penetrating the skin barrier is that although it may help products penetrate your skin better, it can also assist in transporting dangerous ingredients into your body as well. This type of thing may be one of the reasons why it poses serious health concerns.
Tetrasodium EDTA is also commonly used in processed foods as well as textile manufacturing. With regards to skin care, you’ll need to perhaps do a cost-benefit analysis of things to determine whether the benefits outweigh the potential long-term risks.
While no one wants to get sick from bacteria or mold, they also don’t want to get ill in the long term from overuse of a skin care product.
What Types Of Products Contain This?
There are plenty of types of products that contain this ingredient. The list of products includes shower and bath gels, face creams, hair products and other personal beauty care products.
There are plenty of side effects to using this ingredient. Some people can get irritated skin and others may even develop cancer if used over a long period of time. You’ll have to make a personal decision to either sporadically use the products that contain this ingredient or avoid it completely.
As far as alternatives are concerned, there really aren’t many that companies use these days. Some have started using vitamin E because it’s considered to be a natural preservative.