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Benzoic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in many plants and animals. It is also used as a preservative in food and cosmetics. It is an organic acid that is used to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms.
Benzoic acid is generally considered safe when used in small amounts. However, it can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in some people. It may also cause gastrointestinal upset, headaches, and dizziness.
Benzoic acid is found in many products, including:  ▸ Sodium Benzoate ▸ Potassium Benzoate ▸ Calcium Benzoate ▸ Benzyl Benzoate ▸ Benzyl Alcohol ▸ Benzalkonium Chloride ▸ Benzocaine ▸ Benzoyl Peroxide
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