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What is "Tropolone" and what is its utility?

What is "Tropolone" and what is its utility?

Tropolone is an ingredient that can be found in various skincare products. It is used in the formulation of these products due to its bacteriostatic properties. Many consumers are not familiar with the ingredients listed on the labels. We provide some information about this ingredient.

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Published February 2, 2024, by Stéphanie, Doctorate in Life and Health Sciences — 2 min read

Tropolone: What is its purpose?

According to French and European regulations, all ingredients used in the formulation of skincare products must be listed in descending order of their quantity. Furthermore, ingredients are classified according to the terms of the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients). However, these various components are not always known to consumers, such as tropolone for instance.

Tropolone battles against bacteria and ensures the preservation of skincare products. It is used to replace parabens , which are suspected of disrupting the endocrine system, hence are banned in organic skincare products. Tropolone can be found in skincare products such as face creams or body lotions.

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