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

Official CosIng Information


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

GSK Stieva-A Cream Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss Ziaja Med Nourishing Bath & Shower Oil Huapont Viaminate and Vitamin E Cream 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 Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil Atrimed Sorion Herbal Cream RubyKisses Pot O'Miracle Lip Revitalizer Sesderma Reti Age Serum Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream Azeclear 20% Azelaic Acid Cream Cantu Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment 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 Dermal Therapy Lip Balm Ziaja Natural Olive Body Lotion sudocream Antiseptic Healing Cream Babaria Retinol Serum Circadia Full Circle Eye Night Cream Mesoestetic Anti Stress Face Mask Micro Labs Kojivit Ultra Natio Wellness Body Lotion Sesderma Reti Age Anti-Aging Cream Start Kleb Honey Cream Ve cosmetics Primer Beach Hut Face Ultra-Sensitive Hypoallergenic Sunscreen Spf65 Sesderma Hidraderm Hyal Creme Soap & Glory Sugar Crushâ„¢ Body Scrub Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream Ceramol 311 Face And Body Cleansing Oil HIRUDO DERM White Expert African extracts Rooibos Nourishing Night Cream Avoskin Miraculous Retinol Ampoule L300 Dry Skin Cleansing Mousse Pharmaceris Pureretinol 0.3 Avoskin Ultra Brightening Cream Biopelle Dark Circle Relief Cream 1 Percent Vitamin K Oxide Institut Esthederm Hydra Replenishing Cleansing Milk