Trisodium EDTA


Chelating Agent

No known benefits

Trisodium EDTA description

Trisodium EDTA is similar to tetrasodium EDTA. Used as a water-softening and chelating agent (a compound that binds and separates metals, keeping them from bonding to other ingredients).

Trisodium EDTA references

  • Journal of Applied Polymer Science, October 2020
  • Advances in Wound Care, July 2015, pages 415-421
  • International Journal of Toxicology, December 2001

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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