Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling chemical often used in skincare and beauty products as a preservative to prevent bacterial growth. It can be found in products such as nail polishes, shampoos, and hair straightening treatments.

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Formaldehyde is a known irritant and allergen, and prolonged exposure to it can cause skin irritation, respiratory issues, and potentially increase the risk of cancer. To avoid formaldehyde exposure, look for products labeled as formaldehyde-free or check ingredient lists for formaldehyde-releasing preservatives like DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and diazolidinyl urea.

When using products that contain formaldehyde, it is important to follow safety guidelines, such as using them in well-ventilated areas and wearing protective gloves if necessary.