FDA Regulations To Lead In Beauty Products
Well there’s no way around it, lead is a natural element from the earth which means its in foods, drinks, and even beauty products. Having a little lead in various things is not the problem, it’s the products that are over the recommended toxic amount that’s the cause for concern. With all elements in the earth it’s the amount of what our bodies can handle that screams importance and the FDA’a job is to regulate the exposure to our products OR inform us that the product is over the safety limit. Let’s give the FDA a big round of applause by protecting our health.
What Are The Regulations? Good Question!
Information below is from FDA.gov
FDA regulates cosmetics under a law passed by Congress: the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. This law does not require cosmetic products or most ingredients to have FDA approval before they go on the market. The only exception is for the color additives used in cosmetics. But cosmetics must be safe when consumers use them following directions on the label, or in the customary or expected way.
If a cosmetic contains an ingredient or impurity that may make the product harmful to consumers when they use it according to the labeling or in the customary or expected way, that product is considered “adulterated” under the law. Misuse of color additives also makes a cosmetic adulterated. It’s against the law to market an adulterated cosmetic.
FDA can take action when we find out about a cosmetic with a safety problem. But first, they need to have reliable scientific information proving that the product is adulterated under the law.
There are four subjects the FDA regulates: Color Additives, Kohl, Kajal, Al Kahal, Surma Tiro, Tozali, or Kwalli, Lip products and other external cosmetics, & Progressive Hair Dyes. Let’s take a look at each subject more closely.
Color additives that are approved by the FDA are placed on a list called the ‘Listing Regulation.’ That regulation describes the color additive, tells how it is permitted to be used, and provides limits on impurities. Typically, color additives used in cosmetics are limited to 10 to 20 parts per million (ppm) lead as an impurity. Check out the ‘color additives and cosmetics ‘ to see the further details on the FDA’s regulation for color additives in cosmetics. Also for a list of safety requirements click the ‘color additives permitted for use in cosmetics.’
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Kohl, Kajal, Al Kahal, Surma Tiro, Tozali, or Kwalli
If any of your products contain these elements stop using them right away! They are mainly found in traditional eyeliners and are very popular in many parts of the world. They are not allowed for sale in the USA, but that doesn’t mean they don’t find their way here. Do not buy these online for shipment in the USA and if you live elsewhere do not buy. They have been linked to lead poisoning as well as other heavy metal toxicity. FDA has an Import Alert advising import inspectors to be on the lookout for shipments of these products, and we’ve posted information to alert consumers to the dangers of using them.
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Lip products and other external cosmetics
This regulation includes cosmetics applied to the skin, such as eye shadows, blushes, shampoos, and body lotions. The maximum amount a product can contain of lead is 14 ppm, although the FDA’s guidance would like all products to contain less than 10 ppm (14 ppm is the detection level/law/requirement). The data shown by the FDA testing shows that ‘in the USA’ the beauty products contained less than 10 ppm of lead, so that’s good!
Progressive Hair Dyes
Below paragraph is copied word for word from FDA.gov
Under the law, coal-tar hair dyes don’t need FDA approval, unlike color additives in general. But hair dyes from plant or mineral sources do.
Lead acetate is a color additive that is approved for use in coloring hair on the scalp. It is used in progressive hair dye products that darken the hair gradually over time, with repeated applications. But because of the dangers of lead exposure, hair dyes that contain lead acetate as an ingredient must have a special warning on the label:
“Caution: Contains lead acetate. For external use only. Keep this product out of children’s reach. Do not use on cut or abraded scalp. If skin irritation develops, discontinue use. Do not use to color mustaches, eyelashes, eyebrows, or hair on parts of the body other than the scalp. Do not get in eyes. Follow instructions carefully and wash hands thoroughly after each use.”
For ALL information: food, drinks, medicine, cosmetics, etc… please feel free to visit FDA.gov
I wrote this post after I spoke to someone about lead in products, and of course my curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to find out as much as possible because our health is the #1 important thing as well as the earths’ health… got to take care of ourselves and our home/planet!
Take care readers!
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