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Fact Sheet: Formic Acid

INCI name: Formic Acid
Function: Preservative, masking agent, pH adjuster.
Origin: Synthetic.
Concentration allowed by European regulations : Up to 0.5% (as acid) in finished cosmetic products.
Where to find it / them? : Shampoos, shower gels/creams, liquid soaps, hair dyes, face serums, eye creams.
Risks to health: Suspected endocrine disruptor, potential irritant, toxic by inhalation.
Risks to the environment : /
More information : Also used as a food additive (E236).