There is now a Loreal recall on their Ideal Moisture Dry and Sensitive Day Cream, with lot number 20K609, according to Health Canada.
“People who are allergic to the lotion should not use it until further notice.” “The cream contains a high concentration of methylisothiazolinone (MI) which is against the limit set by Health Canada. MI is a potent sensitizer that could cause an allergic response or skin irritation.”
In the last year, over 55,000 products have been sold. Thousands of women may have been exposed to a chemical that can make them sick; this should not affect people who have already been diagnosed with MI allergy. People with an allergy to MI would avoid the product anyway.
A recall is when the company tells people to stop using the product. I think that this might happen because it is severe. L’Oreal Canada put a warning on their website, but it’s not on the page with the product. I’m not sure if they are doing enough or not.
There is a guarantee that “no known incidents” have been reported. But I do not know what these might be. Sensitivities? Reactions? We can’t tell whether any women were sensitized due to the use of this product or by using a sample that had higher levels of methylisothiazolinone.
Another issue to consider is timeframes. The product in question has been on the market for almost three years. Why has the potential issue been identified just now?
I do not know if other countries may be affected by this. More updates will come.
Update 2020: The Product is no longer sold under Loreal Website
What you should do with Recalled Product
Consumers should stop using the recalled cosmetics and return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
For more information, consumers may reach L’Oreal at 1-888-456-7325