Ingredients 101: Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol or Propane-1,2-diol

What is it?

It’s anti-freeze! Solvent, penetration enhancer, conditions skin, controls viscosity + keeps products from melting in high or freezing when it is cold.

What’s it in?

Over 7,800 products! Lotions, shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, cosmetics, deodorants, personal lubricants, sunscreens, styling gels + hair color. 
It’s also in processed foods, medication + injectable drugs.

What’s the problem?

It alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin, increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream; animal studies show reproductive effects, positive mutation results, brain + nervous system effects + endocrine disruption.

Is it necessary?

No. Avoid this beauty-baddy like the plague! Healthier alternatives do exist. Look for PG-free, or products that use Vegetable Glycerin instead.

How to avoid it?

Find product alternatives without this ingredient on The Glamorganic Godddess.

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