2D structural formula of Hydrogen peroxide

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

What is it?

“Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound with the formula H2O2. In its pure form, it is a colourless liquid, slightly more viscous than water.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the groups:

Hydrogen peroxide is restricted for use in cosmetics in Japan, Canada, and the EU. In EU, oral products containing the substance may not be used on a person under 18 years of age.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have registered that hydrogen peroxide “causes severe skin burns, may cause fire or explosion (strong oxidiser), is harmful if swallowed and is harmful if inhaled, causes serious eye damage, is harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects and may cause respiratory irritation.”

How is it used?

Hydrogen peroxide can be found in all kinds of cosmetics*; hair products, skin products, oral products (mouth rinses, toothpaste and whitening), nail hardening products, and eyelash products. The chemical is generally used in these kinds of products as an antimicrobial agent and cosmetic biocide (disinfectant).

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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