benzoic acid

Benzoic acid is used as a preservative in food and skin care products; it is considered less likely to cause sensitivity than some other forms of cosmetic preservatives.

References for this information:

Code of Federal Regulations, April 2020, ePublication
International Journal of Toxicology, November 2017, pages 5S-30S

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