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Chemicals in Cosmetics

By January 15, 2021No Comments

The answer is yes and no, depending what products/ingredients we are talking about.

So part 1 – beauty products. Part 2 – food (on an upcoming post)

From the FDA Website:

“Under the law, cosmetic products and ingredients do not need FDA premarket approval, with the exception of color additives.” (1)

For an example:

Phthalates are a synthetic chemical found in many beauty products. I talk about them often. This is what the FDA has to say about them:

“Phthalates have been studied extensively in animals, and some phthalates have demonstrated no appreciable toxicity. Certain phthalates, however, have been shown to be developmental and reproductive toxicants in laboratory animals.  These phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals in animals and may interfere with the production, secretion, transportation, metabolism, receptor binding, mediation of effects, and excretion of natural hormones that regulate developmental processes and support endocrine homeostasis in the organism. These same phthalates are suspected of being endocrine-disrupting in humans, and effects would depend on the systemic exposure

Humans are exposed to phthalates by multiple routes, including inhalation, ingestion, and to a lesser degree absorption through the skin.  Several observational human studies have reported an association between exposure to certain phthalates and adverse developmental and reproductive effects. The ubiquitous presence of phthalates in the environment and the potential consequences of human exposure to phthalates have raised concerns, particularly in vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and infants.” (2)

The European Commission identified phthalates DBP, DEHP, and BBP as reproductive toxicants and the European Union prohibits their use as ingredients in cosmetics (2)

This is why it’s so important to buy beauty products that nourish the skin, rather than products that many not be the best for it.

1.https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/fda-authority-over-cosmetics-how-cosmetics-are-not-fda-approved-are-fda-regulated
2.https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/limiting-use-certain-phthalates-excipi

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