Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative  in many skin care products.

Synonyms: Phenoxetol; Phenoxyethyl Alcohol; Arosol; Ethylene Glycol (Mono-)Phenyl Ether; 1-Hydroxy-2-Phenoxyethane; Phenylmonoglycol Ether.

EMERGENCY OVERVIEW WARNING!
  • Harmful if swallowed.
  • Causes skin irritation.
  • May cause central nervous system depression.
  • May cause kidney damage.
  • May cause respiratory and digestive tract irritation.
  • Target Organs: Kidneys, central nervous system.

POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS

Skin Contact:
  • Severe irritation or burns.
Eye Contact:
  • Severe irritation or burns.
Ingestion:
  • May cause gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • May cause central nervous system depression,
  • May cause headache, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea.
  • Advanced stages may cause collapse, unconsciousness
  • May cause coma and possible death due to respiratory failure.
  • May cause kidney failure.
  • May be harmful if swallowed.
  • Lesions may appear in the brain, lungs, liver, meninges and heart.
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