n South African Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Review - The challenge of preserving cosmetics in times of change : preservatives : debate

Volume 37, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0257-2028



Preservatives ensure product safety and quality and therefore play an important role in every personal care formulation. Since many cosmetic products cannot be sterile-manufactured or packaged, preservative systems are required. The first purpose of a preservation system is to inhibit microbial growth that leads to product spoilage. The second purpose is to protect the consumer from undesired infection risks.

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