Why is Lotrimin Restricted in California?

Most Americans don’t even think twice when it comes to slathering on over-the-counter topical medication for a skin ailment. (Hey, anything to avoid a trip to the doctor, right?!) But sometimes we place too much faith in the products that are available to us. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does their best to keep up with the latest safety information, we fall way short of European Union standards. Many ingredients that have been banned for years in Europe in light of scientific discoveries still appear freely in products sold in The United States. One of these ingredients is known carcinogen Diethanolamine, which is found in Lotrimin Antifungal Cream.

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What’s in Lotrimin may sicken you! Image Source: Drugs.com

Californians Have Trouble Buying Lotrimin Antifungal Cream

On July 15, 2013, one Amazon reviewer mentioned, “One of the inactive ingredients, Diethanolamine, was added in 2012 to California’s Prop 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer. I called the company… they said they are reformulating the product for CA and it will be again available in 2014 in CA.”

What Is Diethanolamine?

Diethanolamine is “a chemical that is used as a wetting agent in shampoos, lotions, creams and other cosmetics,” according to the Cancer Prevention Coalition. Manufacturers like using this chemical because it forms a rich, creamy lather consistency. While sitting on your shelf, the chemical can react with other ingredients to form a “potent carcinogen,” the group claims. This carcinogen is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with cancers of the stomach, liver, bladder and esophagus. The Good Guide ranks Diethanolamine as a “High Health Concern,” and they gave Lotrimin a 1/10 score for health.

What Else Is In Lotrimin Cream?

Wired Magazine investigators discovered the following harmful ingredients in Lotrimin:

– Butenafine Hydrochloride: a compound that kills fungus by inhibiting sterol production and increases the permeability of the fungi’s plasma membrane, causing its contents to leak out onto your foot.

– Benzyl Alcohol: a natural anesthetic that is excreted by the fungi in this case, although it is also made for industrial use by hydrolizing benzyl chloride with soda ash.

– Cetyl Alcohol: originally a waxy white cream refined from sperm whale oil, this ingredient is now made from vegetable oil.

– White Petrolatum: a waxy vaseline that clogged up oil drilling rigs, but is now used to accelerate skin healing.

– Sodium Benzoate: a preservative that is restricted for use in cosmetics in Japan.

Go “UV” Instead Of Using Antifungal Creams!

As you may have figured out by now, we’re not big fans of topicals for athlete’s foot or toenail fungus prevention. Instead, we advocate the use of natural remedies. Our product, the SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer, uses natural UV rays to eliminate fungi, bacteria, and viruses harbored in hot, sweaty, dark shoes. Our protective shoe bags completely encapsulate your footwear and our auto-shut-off feature protects you from ever coming into contact with the UV light. We use the same type of sanitization that hospitals and water treatment plants utilize to kill pathogens. Try a shoe sanitizer for 30 days risk-free to help prevent toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, diabetic foot ulcers, shoe odor, and foot infections.