A new website and blog for sufferers of allergy to methylisothiazolinone (MI) has been launched, to help the thousands affected by the current epidemic of sensitivity to this preservative.
MI can be found in cosmetics, wet wipes, household cleaning products, paints, varnishes and air fresheners, and sufferers of allergy to MI experience debilitating, painful inflammation and rashes on the skin when exposed to it.
Called MI-Free.com, the new resource is edited by Alex Gazzola, a health journalist and author who specialises in allergies, intolerances and sensitivities.
“People diagnosed with allergy to MI are typically told to avoid the ingredient, and sent on their way,” says Alex.
“But it’s not always easy to spot among cosmetic ingredients lists, and some household products – such as laundry detergents and fabric softeners – are difficult to find in MI-free versions. Certain products, such as paints, aren’t required to be labelled as containing MI either. It’s a minefield.”
MI Free includes directories of safe brands and products, research news, reviews, and information on labelling laws and product launches – in the UK, US, Canada and further afield.
Allergy to MI may affect up to 10% of those with eczema, and in 2013 the American Contact Dermatitis Society named the preservative ‘Allergen of the Year’.