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Also-called-like-this: Butylated Hydroxy Anisole
What-it-does: antioxidant, preservative


It's the acronym for Butylated Hydroxy Anisole. It's a synthetic antioxidant that's used as a preservative

It's a somewhat controversial ingredient: The U.S. National Institutes of Health says that BHA is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals" (source: wikipedia). But, and this is a big but: these experiments were made on animals and BHA was used in high doses as part of their diet. There is no evidence that the same is true when used in tiny amounts in cosmetics products. So you probably have nothing to worry about, but if you are a better safe than sorry type there are plenty of nice products without BHA to choose from. :) 

Products with BHA

Medik8 Retinol 3 Tr Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream 0.05% Revolution Skincare Fine Line Correcting Serum - 0.2% Retinol Frank Body Anti-Makeup Cleansing Oil Graftobian Hd Foundation Revolution Skincare Extra 0.5% Retinol Serum With Rosehip Seed Oil Ziaja Natural Olive Cream omega pharma Dermosan Orva Azelderm Atrimed Sorion Herbal Cream Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream Circadia Vitamin A Boosting Cream Mario basescue Ginseng Moist Cream Sesderma Reti Age Eye Contour Venusia Squalane Aloe Vera and Vitamin E Acetate Cream Gerocossen Dou Care Biologique Recherche Lait U Ziaja Natural Olive Body Lotion sudocream Antiseptic Healing Cream Natio Wellness Body Lotion Ceramol 311 Face And Body Cleansing Oil Pharmaceris Pureretinol 0.3 Biopelle Dark Circle Relief Cream 1 Percent Vitamin K Oxide Monu Beauty Balm Dermaceutic Active Retinol 0.5 Tutti Frutti Pineapple & Coconut Nourishing Body Lotion Zo skin health Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair Farmec Romania Doina Clasic Lapte Nutritiv Vitaminizant G.M. Collin Exfozyme QEI+ Lightening Cream Tube Power Gold Hands & Feet Sesderma Azelac Ru Serum Gerovital Multivitamin Nourishing Cream UNT Cosmetics Prime Master Face Primer Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 1% Sesderma Ferulac Liposomal Serum JAN MARINI Marini Luminate® Eye Gel Pannobase + Retinol First Aid Beauty Fab Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate Mediceutics Protecteur Jour Spf 25 Ziaja Rose Butter Day Cream Nip+Fab No Needle Fix Night Cream Aslavital Crema Antirid Antipoluare Pixi Retinol Eye Cream Neutrogena Cellular Boost Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Sesderma Azelac Ru Liposomal Serum Trx Ziaja Rose Butter Night Cream Super Facialist Retinol + Anti-Ageing Restoring Serum Kate Somerville +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer Mario Badescu Healing And Soothing Mask SVR A Lift Ampoule