Our database includes 741 products that contain BHA.

You should know

What it is



This BHA stands for butylated hydroxyanisole. If you are looking for the beta-hydroxy acid, aka as Salicylic Acid, click here.

In cosmetics, butylated hydroxyanisole is used as a perservative. It also has antioxidant properties. The concentrations usually used in skincare are low and do not penetrate through skin.

However, it is considered a carcinogen when ingested.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole is a synthetic and waxy petrochemical. It is used as a preservative in foods and cosmetics.

Also known as: Butylated Hydroxyanisole

BHA is a rare cosmetic ingredient, with about 2.5% of the products in our database containing it.

What it does:

Masking, Antioxidant

Community Stats

1113 people from our community have liked or disliked this ingredient.

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Combination Oily

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Oiliness • Pores • Texture • Acne

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Combination

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Seborrheic Dermatitis • Sensitivity • Dullness • Texture

Where it's used

BHA is most often found as ingredient number 25 within an ingredient list.

These are the categories of products that use BHA the most:

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 32184
  • INCI Name: BHA
  • INN Name: butylated hydroxyanisole
  • EC #:  246-563-8
  • All Functions: Antioxidant, Masking
What is CosIng?

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

SkinSort uses CosIng to source some of it's data on ingredient names and functions.