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One of the most essential steps you need to take every night as you’re getting ready for bed is to take off your makeup and properly wash your face.

But…are the particular face wipes you’re using packed with health risks instead of healthy nutrients?

Turns out, a preservative called methylisothiazolinone, which helps control bacteria in pre-moistened facial wipes, may come with health risks.

“Over the last year or two, we’ve seen an explosion in the number of contact dermatitis cases caused by MI,” says Matthew Zirwas, MD, director of the contact dermatitis center at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “It’s unbelievable, and it’s by far the most significant allergen I’ve ever seen.” In fact, MI was named the 2013 allergen of the year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

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