Get To Know Your Ingredients: Tocopheryl Acetate

Tocopheryl Acetate

Also listed as:

3,4-DIHYDRO-2,5,7,8-TETRAMETHYL-2- (4,8,12-TRIMETHYLTRIDECYL-2H-BENZOPYRAN-6-OL, ACETATE; D-A-TOCOPHERYL ACETATE; D-ALPHA-TOCOPHERYL ACETATE; DL-A -TOCOPHERYL ACETATE; DL-ALPHA-TOCOPHERYL ACETATE; VITAMIN E ACETATE; ACETATE 3,4-DIHYDRO-2,5,7,8-TETRAMETHYL-2- (4,8,12-TRIMETHYLTRIDECYL-2H-BENZOPYRAN-6-OL; TOCOPHEROL ACETATE; TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, DL-ALPHA; ALPHA-TOCOPHERYL ACETATE; DL-ALPHA TOCOPHERYL ACETATE

Tocopheryl acetate is a derivative of vitamin E, not to be confused with tocopherol. Tocopheryl acetate is carcinogenic.  It is cheaper and longer lasting than the natural form of vitamin E, hence its popularity.  It has a high potential of being contaminated with hydroquinone, another carcinogen, during its manufacturing process.  Tocopheryl acetate can also Be a skin irritant.

Tocopheryl acetate can be found in lipstick, lip gloss, skin creams, anti-aging treatments, sunscreen, foundation, eye shadow, facial cleanser, and mascara.

Instead, choose products with vitamin E that list it as vitamin E or tocopherol.

Get to know what your products contain.  You can ELIMINATE  your tocopheryl acetate intake.