What Is It?

Alcloxa is an aluminum containing compound. In cosmetics and personal care products, Alcloxa is used in the formulation of cleansing products, deodorants, shampoos, personal cleanliness products and skin care products.

Why Is It Used?

Alcloxa induces a tightening or tingling sensation of the skin by functioning as an astringent.

Scientific Facts

Cosmetic Astringents are cosmetic ingredients intended to induce a tightening or tingling sensation on skin. They are normally included in products such as aftershave lotions and skin toners. The term astringent also has been used in OTC drug products that reduce the release of liquids or blood from minor wounds and abrasions by coagulating proteins.

Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permits the use of Alcloxa as an active ingredient in Over-the-Counter (OTC) anorectal drug products. Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) has deferred evaluation of this ingredient because the safety has been assessed by FDA. This deferral of review is according to the provisions of the CIR Procedures.

FDA allows Alcloxa to be used in OTC anorectal drug products as a keratolytic agent at concentrations of 0.2 to 2%. A keratolytic agent causes loosening or sloughing of the surface cells of the skin.

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Alcloxa may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union.

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More Scientific Information

Alcloxa is a heterocyclic organic compound that contains aluminum. In cosmetics and personal care products, Alcloxa functions as a cosmetic astringent. Alcloxa, the aluminium salt of allantoin, combines the astringent and mild antimicrobial properties of aluminium with the anti-irritant, soothing, healing properties of allantoin. More information about aluminum.


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