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* A counter-irritant that causes redness (safely)
Methyl Nicotinate is a nicotinic acid methyl ester, used as rubefacient in cosmetics to produce a redness or inflammation for a short period of time, often in lip plumpers or other lip products (Drugs.com). According to Wikipedia, a rubefacient works by that producing redness of the skin after topical application from dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation. This effect also categorizes Methyl Nicotinate as a counter-irritant, or an ingredient that causes irritation (albeit intentionally, and at a safe level).
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
Very little research is available regarding Methyl Nicotinate's side effects, although as a counter-irritant, some irritation is expected. It is not known to cause any adverse reactions beyond a temporary inflammation, and is FDA approved. However, the EWG reports that Methyl Nicotinate has been shown to cause toxicity in mice and may increase the risk of exposure to other additives that are often included in formulas along with Methyl Nicotinate.
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