Propylene Glycol

INCI Name
Propylene Glycol
Ingredient origins
Hydrocarbons
Role
Common name
Propylene Glycol
EWG score
What is EWG score?
The EWG score is a hazard score ranging from 1-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard) published by the Environmental Working Group. Their data is sourced from the Skin Deep® database and studies published in open scientific literature.
Nasty
This ingredient has been classified as hazardous to health, and is not used in ecostore products.
Ingredient details
Propylene glycol has many functions such as a solvent or solubilizing aid. It can be irritating to the skin with studies showing it can provoke allergic reactions in patients with eczema and other skin allergies. Extended exposure to propylene glycol has also been linked to the development of asthma and allergic reactions in children. Having a small molecular weight, it can be absorbed through the skin. It has been shown to cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage in laboratory animals.