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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 ALGENIST GENIUS Liquid Skin Resurfacing 2% BHA Toner Dermaglos (andromaco) Acifusin B Stiefel Stieva-A Tretinoin Cream 0.05% Stiefel Vitanol-A Almirall TAZORAC® (tazarotene) gel, 0.1% 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 Palmer's Palmers Raw Shea Butter Balm With Vitamin E Preparation H Hemorrhid Gel Maximum Strength Treatment With Aloe 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 Revolution Skincare 1% Retinol Super Intense Serum Salve Parasoft Emollient Lotion Sesderma C-Vit Liposomal Mist Deborah Milano La Cipria Compact Powder 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 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 Mehron Creamblend Stick Makeup Revolution Skincare 0.5% Retinol Intense Serum 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 Rosken AD Probiotics Cream