It looks like there is an internet fear-campaign underway about a commonly used skin-care ingredient called Butylene Glycol (BG).
Some companies under their own name or indirectly through some other organization are claiming that Butylene Glycol is bad for your skin and then present their own products as free of this ingredient. The skin care industry might be attractive to lots of people who want to make a fast buck. Lacking real scientific know-how and not backed by real scientific research they resort to “fear and smear” campaigns. It takes years of research by top scientists in sophisticated labs to make any real scientific breakthroughs. It is not something you can do in your kitchen on your kitchen stove. Lacking a real humanitarian mission and making money being their only goal, it would seem that these companies do not have a choice but to follow this path.
Many of the symptoms being reported in the negative assessments of BG are for someone drinking Butylene glycol. We are using it in skin care and not for internal use. The consumer advocacy group Environmental working Group ( EWG), with no affiliation to any industry, companies or organization rates Butylene Glycol as 0 (zero) on its health concern scale (0=10 Scale). This means zero effect on the skin.
Further, Cosmeticsinfo.org reports:
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permits Butylene Glycol to be used as a synthetic flavoring and adjuvant for direct addition to food…The safety of Butylene Glycol and related ingredients has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that Butylene Glycol…are (is) safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products. In 2004, the CIR Expert Panel considered available new data on Butylene Glycol and the related ingredients and reaffirmed the above conclusion.
CIR Safety Review: The CIR Expert Panel noted that Butylene Glycol can be metabolized and used as a source of calories. The results of acute, subchronic, and chronic oral toxicity studies indicated a low order of toxicity for these glycols. Results of parenteral injection, inhalation, and acute and subchronic cutaneous toxicity studies likewise supported a low order of toxicity.”
US Advanced Medical Research Inc. with its brand names Hylunia and Hymed uses pharmaceutical grade - USP Grade Butylene Glycol which is the purest form available for drug manufacturing and will not cause any inflammation. Everyone who is familiar with Hylunia/Hymed formulation knows that our goal is to minimize inflammation which can contribute to DNA alteration on long term use. This is why we have “Truth and Honesty based on Science” as one of our core values. US Advanced Medical Research has reviewed all published scientific research and consider Butylene Glycol as safe with no irritation (inflammation) potential. Also it is not a sensitizer like propylene Glycol. Hylunia / Hymed was started to help humanity by manufacturing skin care products that do not having any toxins or inflammatory ingredients. We are also focused on making products that work. We have never sold products by creating fear and based on misleading information. We are committed to our mission for the past 27 years and will continue to honor our mission for the years to come.