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Revlon to remove parabens, other chemicals from products

Revlon announced Thursday that it will soon remove harmful ingredients from its makeup.

The company will no longer use two long-chain parabens — isobutylparaben and isopropylparaben — and DMDM hydantoin, a formaldehyde-releasing chemical. Long-chain parabens are linked to endocrine disruption, Time reports, while formaldehyde may cause cancer.

More than 100,000 people signed a petition organized by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, asking that the company stop using the chemicals. The group's executive director said she was thrilled with Revlon's decision, and urges all makeup companies to do the same.