Polyacrylamide

SCA endorses products with the Toxic-Free Tick, that do not contain polyacrylamide and it's derivatives. Polyacrylamide is considered non-toxic, however, it has the potential to excrete acrylamide, a toxic chemical. It is used in paper making, screen printing, as a soil conditioner and a as dermal filler in cosmetic surgery.

CLASSIFICATION

CAS No: 28501-56-6. Other names: Acrylamide, methacrylamide copolymer; and "Polyacrylamide is a synthetic polymer of acrylamide; and Synonym(s): 2-PROPENAMIDE, HOMOPOLYMER; 2PROPENAMIDE, HOMOPOLYMER; ACRYLAMIDE HOMOPOLYMER; HOMOPOLYMER 2-PROPENAMIDE; POLYACRYLAMIDE; POLYACRYLAMIDE; 2-PROPENAMIDE, HOMOPOLYMER; PAA" - EWG

HOW IS IT USED:

Polyacrylamide is derived from acrylamide; it is used in the formulation of many cosmetic products to help stablise and bind  products like foundation, eye shadow, blush, eyeliner, skin cleansers, moisturisers, lotions, creams, self-tanning products, hair care and nail care products. It is also used to treat water. Polyacrylamide is considered safe to use with less than 0.01% acrylamide monomer.

RESEARCH - WHAT EXPERTS SAY

WHAT IS POLYACRYLAMIDE?

  • A known neurotoxin. "Children are vulnerable to the detrimental health effects of polyacrylamides. For one, acrylamides have been detected in breast milk and can cross the placenta. For another, neurodevelopmental deficiencies have been observed in the infants of animals exposed to acrylamides." - Chemicals.News

  • Polyacrylamide is considered non-toxic, however, it has the potential to excrete acrylamide, a toxic chemical. It is used in paper making, screen printing, as a soil conditioner and a as dermal filler in cosmetic surgery.

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