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Are Wet Wipes Safe

Apr 11, 2020

Nowadays, wet wipes have become a common item on the street and in bags. Especially in summer, it is cool and convenient to wipe off the sweat beads on the face with cool wet wipes. But wet wipes have been rumored to be very harmful due to additives, so what are the ingredients of wet wipes? Are wet wipes safe?


Composition of wet wipes

≥Water-refined water, pure water, RO pure water

The content of the medicinal liquid in wet tissues generally accounts for about 80%, and the content affects the wetness of use. More than 90% of the drug solution is water. In order to avoid the reaction between the water and the drug solution, the water in the wet tissue must be specially treated water.


≥Moisturizing agent-propylene glycol

Propylene glycol is a solvent and a humectant. It can help the effective substances in the drug solution to dissolve in the water, so that the moisture is not easily volatilized, and it has antibacterial and antiseptic effects, so it is included in almost all wet tissues used.


≥Preservatives-phenoxyethanol, etc.

Wet wipes contain a lot of water and different substances. In order to maintain the activity of effective substances, preservatives (phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, paraben) must be added, but usually the content is very low and will not produce negative influence.


≥Antibacterial agent-sodium lactate, eucalyptus leaves

There are many types of antibacterial agents, both chemically synthesized and natural antibacterial agents. As the name implies, it eliminates bacteria and inhibits bacterial reproduction.


≥Nonionic surfactant——polyoxyethylene hydrogenated castor oil

Washing powder and most detergents contain nonionic surfactants (polyoxyethylene hydrogenated castor oil and polyether), which are used to remove dirt and grease for cleaning purposes. In addition, there are other natural ingredients, such as chamomile oil to soothe and anti-inflammatory; aloe vera essence, moisturizing


Propylene glycol is a chemical agent widely used in antiperspirants, deodorants, sunscreens, shaving creams, and beauty creams. Benzalkonium chloride is a quaternary ammonium salt cationic surface active broad-spectrum fungicide with strong bactericidal power. As to whether the propylene glycol and benzalkonium chloride in wet wipes will cause harm to human health, some experts said that there are inevitably some chemical additives in wet wipes. Propylene glycol is mainly used for moisturizing and benzalkonium chloride is used for sterilization, but The toxicity is extremely low, and it will not affect the human body under normal use.


However, doctors and experts also reminded that when using wet tissues in daily life, care should be taken to avoid eye, ear and skin wounds. Therefore, in the process of use, remember to avoid frequent use and avoid sensitive skin.


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