Things to know about the composition of wet wipes

Wednesday, 10/11/2021
Currently, wet wipes have really become convenient items in care and hygiene for both adults and children.
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The demand for this product is increasing day by day and since then people have paid much attention to the chemical composition. Wet wipes are mainly made of water (>90%) with a certain concentration of preservatives and flavoring added to prevent the reproduction of harmful bacteria and molds. Among the substances used, Parabens and Phenoxyl Ethanol are two names that sometimes receive mixed publicity about their safety for human health.

Common & Safe Preservatives

Both Phenoxyl Ethanol and Parabens are commonly used as preservatives in the cosmetic and skin care industries to prevent bacteria, fungi, yeasts, prevent infection and protect product quality.. In fact. After being manufactured, products also go through a process of transportation, distribution and are displayed on shelves before reaching consumers. If there are no preservatives, bacteria and mold will arise during this time and cause harm to the user. The problem is how much concentration must be used to be effective and still ensure the safety of consumers' health?
To answer this question, documents from FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), ANSM (French Agency for Drug Safety), international journals of the US and Europe European toxicological studies such as International Journal of Toxicology, Journal of the American College of Toxicology ..., all regulate the safe concentration of Parabens derivatives (usually manufacturers will combine many parabens such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben). to reduce the dose of this substance while increasing its antibacterial and antifungal properties), from 0.01% to 0.3% With Phenoxyl Ethanol, the safe concentration is less than 1%.

Become a smart consumer

Currently, the pharmaceutical & cosmetic regulatory agencies in the US, EU and ASEAN still allow the use of Phenoxylethanol and Parabens if the right concentration is safe. These agencies in the world and in Vietnam (Drug Administration, Ministry of Health) all recognize that there is no scientific evidence that Phenoxyl Ethanol and Parabens are harmful at the above-mentioned permissible doses.

"So far, the European Community and ASEAN have not received any evidence that the products are not safe. The product contains 05 Paraben derivatives: isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, phenylparaben, benzylparaben and pentylparaben with prescribed levels that are not safe for users. Therefore, the products will continue to be circulated on the market in the European Community as well as in ASEAN member countries and Vietnam until the new roadmap is applied". In Vietnam, in the latest press release dated May 21, 2015 of the Drug Administration of Vietnam, the Ministry of Health stated.

To protect the health of themselves and the people around them, consumers should buy products from reputable manufacturers, with clear origins, the secret to choosing the right safe products is to carefully check the information. manufacturing, especially ingredient formulation, on product packaging.
Wet wipes should be used with detailed ingredient notes with clear chemical names. Once fully stated on the packaging, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to declare the concentrations of these substances in the Base Standard of the product. Users should also be wary of products with vague labels, such as “preservatives, flavourings, …” or without clear and accurate manufacturer information. When referring to ingredients and permissible safe concentrations, Internet users can also find reliable information on the websites of competent regulatory agencies, such as the Ministry of Health in Vietnam, the Department of Health and Safety. EU pharmaceutical or US Food and Drug Administration FDA. Reputable and honest manufacturers are also available to answer your specific questions about product ingredients and concentrations relevant to the health of you and your family.