Know Your Ingredients: Benzalkonium Chloride

by Gio

Benzalkonium_chloride

What it is
Benzalkonium Chloride is a mixture of alkylbenzyldimethylammonium chlorides.

What it does
Benzalkonium Chloride is a preservative: it kills bacteria and prevents them from growing in cosmetic products.
In addition, it is also used as a foam booster and as a cleansing agent, helping water mix with dirt and oil so that they can be rinsed away.

Side effects
Benzalkonium Chloride can cause irritations in some people.

(Source: cosmeticsinfo.org)

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