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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

Leo Pharma Fucidin Fusidic Acid Airol cream 0.5 Airol Cream GSK Stieva-A Cream Walgreens Ivermectin Lotion ALGENIST GENIUS Liquid Skin Resurfacing 2% BHA Toner Dermaglos (andromaco) Acifusin B Skin Republic Pure Retinol 0.2% Serum Stiefel Stieva-A Tretinoin Cream 0.05% Stiefel Vitanol-A Almirall TAZORAC® (tazarotene) gel, 0.1% Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shine Serum Max Factor Creme Puff Pressed Powder Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss The Chemist Look Booster Retin-E Ziaja Med Nourishing Bath & Shower Oil Airol cream 0.5 Tretinoina Ashley Double Mascara Aviva Pharma Gloriva Facewash Beauty Drops Retinol 0,5% In Squalene Belé Makeup Italia B.One Bronzing Powder Dr. Brandon White Expert Clinical Acne Care Solution Body Care Palmer's Palmers Raw Shea Butter Balm With Vitamin E Preparation H Hemorrhid Gel Maximum Strength Treatment With Aloe Rinopanteina Nasal Ointment Skin Republic Retinoid Complex 1% Serum Skinsmiths Retinol Booster Yolanda Evanescence Soft Matte Cream Concealer BIO one Vitamin C Cream Environ Dual Action Pre-cleansing Oil Galenika Jekoderm Mast 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 Revolution Skincare 1% Retinol Super Intense Serum Salve Parasoft Emollient Lotion Sesderma C-Vit Liposomal Mist Sesderma Reti Age Liposomal Mist ASSOS Tre® %0.05 Krem Bailleul Laboratories Tretin® %0,05 Krem BioBalance Retinol E Superserum Deborah Milano La Cipria Compact Powder Herbaderm Kırışıklık Karşıtı Saf Retinol Super Serum Hipoglos Cuidado Diario Ketrel Tretinoin 0.05 O.TWO.O Velvet Shaping Lipstick Regaliz Solasafe Sunscreen Spf 50+ Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream 0.05% Revlon Orofluido