Analysis of microbeads in cosmetic products in the United Arab Emirates

Rana Zeeshan Habib, Morog Mohammed Salim Abdoon, Reem Mohammed Al Meqbaali, Furtuna Ghebremedhin, Marim Elkashlan, Wajeeh Faris Kittaneh, Nizamudeen Cherupurakal, Abdel Hamid Ismail Mourad, Thies Thiemann, Ruwaya Al Kindi

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Of 37 common facial and body scrubs in the UAE analyzed for chemical composition, loading and particle size, 30% had microplastic content. Some of the microplastics had low softening points, leading to shape deformation, fusion of particles and changed flotation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113831
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • Facial and body scrubs
  • Microbeads
  • Microplastics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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