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2D structural formula of Selenium sulfide


What is it?

“Selenium disulfide has a composition that approximates to SeS2 and is sometimes called selenium sulfide.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

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Selenium sulfide is banned/restricted for use in cosmetics in Japan, and restricted for use in cosmetics in the European Union. The maximum concentration allowed by CosIng, the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients, is 1 %.

Selenium sulfide is on the Red List* from Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (previously the Breast Cancer Fund). They list the substance as a probable and reasonably anticipated carcinogen.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) identifies that the substance ”is fatal if swallowed, is fatal if inhaled, is very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, and may cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.”

* “The Red List includes chemicals found in personal care products that pose serious, chronic health concerns including cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive and developmental harm. The list also flags chemicals that are banned or have use restrictions by the U.S. or other world governments, ingredients that adversely impact worker health, and ingredients that are widely used in products marketed to women of color.” – Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

How is it used?

Selenium sulfide is used as an anti-dandruff agent and hair conditioning agent, mostly found in anti-dandruff shampoos, medicated shampoos and OTC drug products.

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