PEGs are safe?

I have a fear about PEGs. Does it cause cancer and are they safe?

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  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    edited August 6
    No they don’t cause cancer.
    Yes they are safe.

    You can find reliable safety data here 
    https://cir-safety.org/ingredients
  • fotis83fotis83 Member
    edited August 6
    Perry said:
    No they don’t cause cancer.
    Yes they are safe.

    You can find reliable safety data here 
    https://cir-safety.org/ingredients
    Thank you very much Mr. Perry. Why am I asking? I have the Crothix™ Liquid thickener and it is Peg. And another one without peg that I had that did not have a good performance is this ANTIL® Soft SC MB (Sorbitan Sesquicaprylate) I had to spend quite a bit on crothix and it is much more expensive

  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Where did you get the idea that PEGs were not safe?
  • fotis83fotis83 Member
    Perry said:
    Where did you get the idea that PEGs were not safe?
    From many cosmetic companies and of course from the mass media.
  • vitalysvitalys Member
    @fotis83 Your case is another example of how fear mongering works. The fear mongering is one of the favorite tools in hands of some cosmetic companies and media to manipulate people. Of course, the facts are not always on a top of the pile, but they exist. 
    Crothix is not pure PEGs, but just PEG's derivatives, which are different compounds. And it is still safe as well as a range of pure PEGs. 
  • vitalysvitalys Member
    @fotis83 When you read some articles you can recognize words that are "red flags" to warn you that you are reading the fear mongering trash. The one of the most popular is "cancer"... I don't have an idea why they intimidate people with cancer, but they use it widely. There is a plethora of other dangerous conditions... But they like this scary word to emphasize the danger. 
  • they are safe but 1,4-dioxane does not meet the current green trend. 
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    That's a big challenge in our industry. There are numerous companies that benefit from convincing consumers to be afraid of certain chemicals in their products.

    It is illegal to sell cosmetics that are unsafe.
  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist
    edited August 7
    https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/potential-contaminants-cosmetics/14-dioxane-cosmetics-manufacturing-byproduct

    You can make perfectly good cosmetic products without using PEGs.  But, if you do, they are safe
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals & Clean Beauty arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program/Clean At Sephora/Credo Clean guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

    See website for details www.desertinbloomcosmeticslab.com
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