I’m not a scientist, chemist, pharmacist or any expert when it comes to chemicals and creating skin care formulas. However, I do my best to help share any and all ingredient related information that I know. Having recently spent some time researching toxins and various ingredients associated with toxic chemicals, I’ve recently discovered Triethanolamine.
What Is Triethanolamine?
For those unfamiliar with Triethanolamine aka TEA, it’s an amine which is considered to be a derivative of ammonia. This ingredient is created by combining ammonia and ethylene oxide.
The ingredient is known to help balance pH levels and that’s why most skin care companies include it within their formulas. There are other reasons that they use this ingredient as well. Some use it as a surfactant. Others may use it as a buffering agent or even a fragrance.
There are many types of products which this ingredient can be found in some of which may be eyeliners, eye shadows, hair care products, fragrances, blushes, mascara, makeup foundations and more. Based on a small amount of research done on the ingredient, I’ve determined that it’s also used in sunscreens, shaving creams, and many other skin care products.
The ingredient has also been known to be used as an assistant in an emulsion, helping water and oil mix better.
This ingredient is not found in concentrations greater than 5% when consistent and prolonged contact between the ingredient and the skin are necessary. However, Triethanolamine has been labeled safe for use in skin care products and cosmetics when discontinuous use is the applied.
Are There Side Effects To Using This Ingredient?
Considering that the Cosmetics Database has labeled this ingredient as being a moderate hazard, I would be concerned with using products that contain Triethanolamine. There are some real risks involved with using any products containing this ingredient which are directly related to your skin, immune system, and respiratory system.
It’s quite possible that this ingredient may cause your hair and skin to dry out. If used over long periods of time, it may become toxic to your body. There are concerns of burning, itching, hive development, and even skin blisters. Should you have any of the following symptoms mentioned, I strongly suggest that you contact your doctor immediately.
Is This The Most Dangerous Ingredient?
Honestly, I haven’t got a clue but if I had to take a wild guess I would say that this is definitely not the most dangerous skin care ingredient being used on the market today. However, in my humble opinion, any ingredient that you have to think twice about ingesting or putting on your skin is one that you’ll want to try and avoid.
The best thing for you to do would be to examine all the ingredients that you’re currently using today. Take an inventory of those that contain Triethanolamine and determine just how many contain this ingredient. Take all the products that contain the ingredient and bring them to your dermatologist office. Ask he or her to rate the products in terms of safety and use.
Assuming they approve of use, then continue to do so. In the event that they have an alternative product that doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients, then you’re much better off using those alternatives instead.