A new project aimed at reducing the amount of preservatives in cosmetics could have the potential to alleviate allergic reactions, according to the Danish EPA.
In a report by ChemicalWatch it stated that the MiKoKo project, a partnership between cosmetics manufacturer Dermapharm and the Danish Technological Institute and funded by the Danish EPA, could have the potential to have ‘positive results’ in reducing allergies in consumers.
While cosmetics contain preservatives that protect products from microbial degradation, these can potentially cause life-long hypersensitivity. However, the study was found to achieve positive results by controlling the acidity of the product to be certain that some ingredients function at the optimal level. Indeed, even minute changes were said to affect the properties of a substance.
Magnus Løfstedt, head of the EPA, is calling for industry action to incorporate the results further into product development, while DermaPharm is already said to be developing products based on the study results.
According to DermaPharm CEO Mikkel Egelund Jensen “solutions must be tailored to the individual product” due to the complex nature of cosmetic formulations.