Concerns over Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)

An example of why I value EWG Skin Deep database. It’s not perfect, but has helped me learn a LOT about ingredients of concern. Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)- sounds harmless, right? It comes from fruit. I never would’ve thought twice about being alarmed when seeing it on an ingredient label, except in the process of looking things up in EWG I noticed they rate it a 6 which is very high… Sharing a couple of links below for those interested to learn more about why it receives this rating.
Those critical of EWG usually say the organization is paid off to give good ratings to certain companies. My response: Don’t browse by company, browse by ingredients you’re interested in… It’s not a final answer on anything, but as I said, a great starting point, and I like that they like to usually hundreds of PubMed studies to back up their numbers.
EWG listing: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701433/CITRUS_GRANDIS_%28GRAPEFRUIT%29_SEED_EXTRACT/
One of several articles you can find listing concerns over this ingredient: http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/most-controversial/2010/1/27/the-truth-about-grapefruit-seed-extract.html
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