Monday, July 19, 2010

Non-occupational sources of sodium metabisulfite

Cosmetics (hair colours and bleaches, skin fading/lighteners, false tan lotions, antiageing creams and moisturizers, facial cleansers, around-eye creams, body washes/cleansers, hair sprays, perfumes, blush, bronzers/highlighters).

Swimming pool water

Food preservatives/additatives (avoid everything in the 220's)

  • E 220 = sulfur dioxides = May cause allergic reactions in asthmatics, destroys vitamin B1, typical products are beer, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar, potato products
  • E 221 = sodium suflite
  • E 222 = sodium bisulfite
  • E 223 = sodium metabisulfite
  • E 224 = potassium metabisulfite
  • E 225 = potassium sulfite
  • E 226 = calcium sulfite
  • E 227 = calcium hydrogen suflite
  • E 228 = potassium bisulfite (SOURCE)

Madan, Vishal et al., Contact Dermatitis, 2007: 57: 173-176.


  1. HI Shawna,
    Did you have to change the cosmetics you used on your skin due to your husband's sensitivity? Did what you use on yourself affect him or was it just products put directly on his skin?

  2. No. His sensitivity is triggered by ingesting sulfites. We avoid sulfates just to be on the safe side.