Cosmetic Safety: What you don’t know may harm you. What is a cosmetic?. skin care (creams, lotions, powders, and sprays) fragrances eye makeup manicure products makeup other than eye (e.g., lipstick, foundation and blush) hair coloring preparations
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a government agency
responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety,
efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products,
medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that
The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping
to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective,
safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate,
science based information they need to use medicines and foods to
improve their health.
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There are a few exceptions…
It is up to the cosmetics company to conduct product
safety testing on their products and clearly label their
product if it has not been tested:
"Warning: The safety of this product has not been determined."
Did you know….
In general, except for color additives and those ingredients which are prohibited or restricted from use in cosmetics by regulation, a manufacturer may use any ingredient in the formulation of a cosmetic provided that the ingredient and the finished cosmetic are “safe,” the product is properly labeled, and the use of the ingredient does not otherwise cause the cosmetic to be adulterated under the laws that the FDA enforces.
There are some organizations whose primary purpose
is to educate the consumer about cosmetic safety
Campaign for Cosmetic Safety