You may have been warned against using dimethicones and other dimetho-substituted ingredients in hair products, but now you may be able to get away with it.
The FDA has issued a warning against the use of dimethicone as a preservative in hair care products, according to ABC News.
The company that manufactures the dimethinones told ABC News it was not aware of the warning and that the company was “not aware of any safety concerns.”
But Dimethiconolic-containing ingredients in a number of hair care items have been linked to the development of hair loss.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also warns against the potential for adverse reactions in people who have used dimethico-dioxygenase inhibitors (DDEIs), which contain dimethicons and are often prescribed for patients with hair loss and other hair loss problems.
Dimethicone is also found in cosmetics, but not hair care.
As of March 2018, the FDA’s Cosmetic Ingredient Review Board (CIRB) had not received any reports of hair-related adverse reactions to dimethyl dimethionate, a widely used ingredient in hair-care products.
In 2018, FDA announced that it would phase out the use in hair growth treatments.