DMDM hydantoin is an odourless, white, crystalline that works as an antimicrobial agent that helps preserve and maintain the longevity of some hair products. That sounds like a good thing right? But what if we told you that this ingredient has been linked to hair loss and right now there’s a class action lawsuit in the U.S. because of this one ingredient...
Imagine how devastating it must be to see your hair falling out and not releasing that the very products you’ve bought to maintain your hair have actually been doing all the damage?! To say it is heart breaking is a massive understatement!
SO WHAT ACTUALLY IS DMDM AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
DMDM is an organic compound that slowly releases formaldehyde and essentially prevent microbes from growing in water-based products (hence anti-microbial) however, it can be absorbed through your skin and here is where it’s not so good.
Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen (meaning it can cause cancer) and when used on the scalp can cause irritation, contact dermatitis and in some cases hair loss.
That’s right, this ingredient is known to be linked to cancer and yet it is still used in some hair and beauty products.
WHAT PRODUCTS USUALLY CONTAIN DMDM?
There are a range of beauty and personal care products that can contain DMDM. Below we’ve listed the most common (but we’re not saying all these products will absolutely have this in it):
Hair Smoothing Serums
Hair Shampoo & Conditioner
WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK OUT FOR TO SEE IF YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN DMDM?
While the above list contains beauty and hair products we all use on a day to day basis, not all of these will include DMDM and in fact there is a move towards cutting this from all hair and beauty products, with Sweden and Japan banning it entirely. If you want to check if any of your products contain this ingredient then look for the following listed ingredients:
Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol).
In addition, choose nail products that are labelled formaldehyde-free or “toxic-trio-free” (formaldehyde, toluene and DBP).
Don’t use expired cosmetic products or store cosmetic products in the sun because this can cause more formaldehyde to be released.
Ultimately, no body wants to endure hair loss of any degree and if you do find your hair products or any of your beauty products contain this ingredient we urge you to get rid as soon as. It’s just not worth risking your hair and your health. There are so many alternatives (not just our products) but many ethical companies that refuse to use this ingredient and believe us when we say your hair and scalp will thank you for ditching these products and choosing something that supports and nurtures your hair.
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