Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is found in many domestic products, such as baby wipes and is used as an anti-bacterial and water retention agent. It is also present in all water-based paints.
The cases of contact dermatitis caused by MI both through touch and via airborne particles are on the increase. Dr J. Cahill from the Skin & Cancer Foundation in Australia found that over 11% of people tested positive for a reaction to MI in 2013, compared with just 3.5% in 2011.
Cases of MI reaction have become so common that in 2013 the New York Times named MI the “Allergen of the year” and MI is now one of the leading causes of contact dermatitis.
Biofa Ireland's Solimin interior wall paint is 100% MI Free as it is mineral based and does not need a water retention agent.
Our Primasol interior wall emulsion is 99.9% MI Free (just 0.1% is needed to maintain water content). This is possible due to the paint being almost entirely made from plant-based materials.
If you suffer from an MI allergy then our range of interior wall paints, oils and woodcare products are made for you!