Acrylates

SCA endorses products with the Toxic-Free Tick, that do not contain acrylamide and it's derivatives. The National Library of Medicine HSDB Database states “Acrylamide is toxic and an irritant. Cases of acrylamide poisoning show signs and symptoms of local effects due to irritation of the skin and mucous membranes and systemic effects due to the involvement of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems.” - www.toxnet.nlm.nih.gov

CLASSIFICATION

CAS No: 79-06-1. Acrylic Amide; and "Synonym(s): 2PROPENAMIDE; 2-PROPENAMIDE; 2-PROPENAMIDE (9CI) ; ACRYLAMIDE (ACGIH:OSHA) ; ACRYLAMIDE MONOMER; ACRYLIC AMIDE; AKRYLAMID (CZECH) ; AMID KYSELINY AKRYLOVE (CZECH) ; ETHYLENECARBOXAMIDE; PROPENAMIDE; PROPENOIC ACID AMIDE" - EWG

HOW IS IT USED:

In cosmetics acylamide is reported to be used in cosmetics at 0.05% to 2.8% (journals.sagepub.com). Acrylamide is a known neurotoxin that is used as a binder, film former and as a viscosity increasing agent including in eyelash adhesives, artificial nail builder and binders, as a film former and suspending agent in creams and other emulsions, in hair spray as a fixative and as an anti-static agent in aerosols.

RESEARCH - WHAT EXPERTS SAY

WHAT ARE ACRYLATES?

  • Acrylates are a family of polymers, a type of vinyl polymer. Acrylamide is considered a neurotoxin and skin irritant; formed during high temperature cooking such as frying, roasting and baking; used in making plastics, paper, dyes, contact lenses; widely used in industrial processes, plastics, water treatment, drinking water and treating wastewater, aids, thickeners, soil conditioning agents, sewage. Known to cause adverse skin, eye, throat reactions; is a probable human carcinogen. For an overview see: ScienceDirect.com

  • Environmental disaster; plastics are persistent pollutants damaging the ocean and marine life. Plastics take thousands of years to break down.


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