Do Band Aids Have PFAS?

Do band aids have pfas


Adhesive bandages, or Band-Aids as they are generically called after the brand produced by Johnson & Johnson, have protected cuts and blisters hygienically since their invention in 1921!

But, a new study by Mamavation and Environmental Health News in the USA (link below), has found they may actually be harmful to our health.

Forty bandages from different brands were sent to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified lab. The lab found that 65% of the bandages contained detectable levels of PFAS “forever chemicals” in the adhesive sticky portion and the absorbent pads.

So, do band aids have PFAS?  Unfortunately, yes, despite the health and environmental risks being well documented for many years, some Band-Aids do contain PFAS!  

PFAS are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances that are stain-resistant, oil-resistant, grease-resistant, and water-resistant chemicals.  They are used in a wide variety of consumer goods from Teflon non stick pans to waterproof outdoor clothing, cosmetics, menstrual products, dental floss and more.  They do accumulate and persist due to their resistance to degradation.

Their use in adhesive bandages is concerning because the PFAS is placed on open wounds and absorbed into the body.

While traditional band aids may contain trace amounts of PFAS in their adhesive, some brands have been taking steps to eliminate or reduce these chemicals from their products. In fact, some brands now offer PFAS-free options for families concerned about toxin exposure.

Why care about PFAS in band aids?

Research suggests that exposure to PFAS may be linked to a range of health issues, including developmental delays, immune system disorders, and various cancers and liver disease.  

While the amount of PFAS in Band-Aids is typically minimal, every little bit counts when it comes to safeguarding your child's health.

What to do to minimise exposure to PFAS

As many band aids do have PFAS, look for Band Aids labeled as PFAS-free or made with safer adhesive alternatives.  

One of the brands tested by Mamavation was Patch Bamboo Bandages, which had no detection of organic fluorine on the absorbent pad and sticky flaps of the bandages.  You can find the full range of Patch Bandages at Biome.

By staying informed about potential toxins in everyday products like Band-Aids and making conscious choices, we can create a healthier environment for our families to thrive in.

The original Johnson & Johnson Band-Aids were a world-changing invention—but it's time for truly socially responsible corporations to ensure they do not use known harmful chemicals.


Find the Mamavation Report on PFAS in bandaids here 

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