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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

GSK Stieva-A Cream Dermaglos (andromaco) Acifusin B Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss The Chemist Look Booster Retin-E Ziaja Med Nourishing Bath & Shower Oil Beauty Drops Retinol 0,5% In Squalene Belé Makeup Italia B.One Bronzing Powder Rinopanteina Nasal Ointment Skinsmiths Retinol Booster Huapont Viaminate and Vitamin E Cream Medik8 Retinol 3 Tr O.TWO.O Four Colours Grooming Powder #02 Pharmaceris A Duo Concentrate With Vit. A & E Prairie Bliss Botanicals Breakout Rescue Cleanser Sesderma C-Vit Liposomal Mist Deborah Milano La Cipria Compact Powder Hipoglos Cuidado Diario O.TWO.O Velvet Shaping Lipstick Regaliz Solasafe Sunscreen Spf 50+ Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream 0.05% Revolution Skincare Fine Line Correcting Serum - 0.2% Retinol Revolution Skincare Retinol Serum Solasafe Silicone Sunscreen Twenty Eight Street Pore Refining Facial Toner 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 Linco Care Re-Gen Oil Orva Azelderm Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil Atrimed Sorion Herbal Cream Max Factor Crème Puff Pressed Powder Pelladerma Sorafine Recover Antiaging Antiarrugas Intensivo SVR [A] Microscrub Lift Purifying 3 In 1 Mask Sesderma Snailas Serum Happy Event Antenatal Massage Lotion RubyKisses Pot O'Miracle Lip Revitalizer TIS farmaceutic Lipstick Propolis Ziaja Orange Butter Lip Balm NYX Proof It Eyeshadow Primer Transparent Sesderma Azelac RU Liposomal Serum Sesderma Reti Age Serum Sudocrem Healing Cream Bee Beauty Sleep Mask Elastalift Encapsulated Retinol OCEDERMA ™ Silicone Sunscreen Gel Water Resistant And Non- Greasy Sunscrren Gel Spf 50 Pa+++ Perfecta Diamond Lift 4D Mask