Formaldehyde is best known as embalming fluid but it is found in many household products including your hair care, skin care, and body care products! It is also found in pressed wood products like particle board. When you walk into a new house under construction that new house smell is formaldehyde.
The FDA just recently added formaldehyde to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer, not that might cause cancer, but does cause cancer. Here is the report from the Department of Health and Human Services http://ntp.niehs.
When you look at products you put on your skin you won’t see formaldehyde listed as an ingredient because nobody would buy a product with that listed, but there are a number of common chemicals which degrade and breakdown fairly readily and when they break down they release formaldehyde. The most popular chemicals are:
- Quaternium 15
- Diazolidinyl urea
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- DMDM Hydantoin