What is Benzalkonium Chloride?
This ingredient is commonly used as a surfactant and antibacterial agent, and is commonly found in household cleaning products.
Benzethonium Chloride has replaced Triclosan as the new “antibacterial” agent in cosmetic and commercial soaps and santizers. The toxicity and dangers triclosan brings to the human body when absorbed via the skin have become commonly known.
What is the chemical formula of benzalkonium chloride?
C27H42NO2.Cl or C27H42ClNO2
What is benzalkonium chloride used for?
Benzalkonium Chloride is primarily used as a preservative and antimicrobial agent, and secondarily used as a surfactant. It works by killing microorganisms and inhibiting their future growth, and for this reason frequently appears as an ingredient in antibacterial hand wipes, antiseptic creams and anti-itch ointments. In cosmetics, its antimicrobial properties are employed to protect products from spoiling. It’s mostly used in personal care products like rash creme, foot odor powder, facial lotion, cleanser, makeup and sunscreen.
What are the side effects of benzalkonium chloride?
Effects of short-term exposure, Benzethonium chloride is corrosive to the eyes and is irritating to the skin. Long-term effects from repeated exposure may cause dermatitis.