Get To Know Your Ingredients: Toluene

Toluene

Can also be listed as:

BENZENE, METHYL-; METHYLBENZENE; TOLUOL; METHYL- BENZENE; BENZENE, METHYL; ANTISAL 1A; BENZENE, METHYL-; CP 25; METHACIDE; METHANE, PHENYL-; METHYLBENZENE

Toluene is a highly toxic solvent used to thin paints and is a chemical commonly found in nail care products. Toluene is easily inhaled and emanates a distinctive, sweet smell.

The European Union has banned toluene from use in cosmetics due to its harmful effects.  It is not banned in the United States.

Exposure to toluene can result in nausea, headaches, skin irritation, eye irritation, and respiratory problems.  Long term or increased exposure can result in birth defects, seizures, slower neurological responses, chest pain, vomiting, jaundice, muscle pain, liver damage, and kidney damage.

You can find toluene in many nail polishes, nail care products, gasoline, acrylic paints, adhesives, paint thinners, varnishes, glues, rubber cement, and shoe polish.

Get to know what your products contain.  You can limit your toluene intake.

Comments

  1. I thought toluene had been banned in the United States, when I saw it included in several over the counter skin sprays for athletes foot/fungal infections. One product, (Lam….) did not use it as an ingredient. It is not a necessary antifungal ingredient Buyer beware- read your labels, don’t put toluene on or in your body. BHT, another toluene combination to avoid. (Butylated hydroxy Toluene)