Researchers: Some Moist Wipes Cause Allergic Reactions

By CNN News Wire

Published 04/16 2014 06:19AM

Updated 04/16 2014 06:29AM

CNN -- There are a lot of personal products out there that make life a little easier, but with convenience, sometimes come complications.

Recently doctors have found that certain moist wipes could be causing serious allergies

Researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have found that wipes could cause painful breakouts in some people.

"So the typical thing is going to be red, very angry, weeping, scaling skin that is just itching like crazy and driving these people nuts,” says Dr. Matthew Zirwas. “The other thing is that it looks just like, when we see it in babies, it looks like a horrible diaper rash that just won't get better, no matter what they do."

The cause of the allergic breakouts is a popular preservative known as MI or methylisothiazolinone. It's found in some baby care products, makeup remover towlettes even moist flushable wipes.

"They have to keep coming up with new preservatives,” says Zirwas. “This was a new one that was developed, they thought that it was going to be very safe and it was only after it started to be used a lot that we find out that this was probably the worst preservative that we've seen on the market."

Doctors recommend if you start to see breakouts on your face, fingers or fanny, it’s best to see a doctor and stop using the wipes until a diagnosis has been made

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