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What preservatives release formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde was infamously named the “allergen of the year” in 2015. To maintain a reasonable shelf life, preservatives are added into products, especially into those products that are water based. However, these preservatives in skincare products may release formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. Formaldehyde is also found in building materials like paint for walls, cabinets, and furniture, etc. - something you definitely wouldn't want to breathe in daily!

Short term effects of formaldehyde include skin irritation, watery eyes, coughing, nausea, and burning sensations. When exposed to formaldehyde long term, you will have an increased risk of cancer. Because of these adverse effects, it is important to take your skin health seriously by seeking out toxin free skincare.

Infants and salon workers are most susceptible to the effects of formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. When shopping for baby shampoo, body soap and wash, hair gel, and nail products, watch out for “Quaternium-15,“ “toluene,” and “DBP.” These are known as the toxic-trio. Salon-based products are exempt from labeling laws unlike other products, so skip hair-smoothing products especially if sold in a salon. Storing cosmetic products in the sun can even cause more formaldehyde to be released.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your little ones is to be informed. Always read the ingredient label. EWG provides safety ratings for consumer products. LEMYKA is given a rating of 1, which is considered to be the safest. Reach out to us at if you have any questions about our products. We pride ourselves as a toxic-free company and we dedicate ourselves to create gentle yet effective products for kids and adults with common skin issues.


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