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FDA and CosmeticsPurchase your cosmetics from reputable stores, skin care manufacturers, physicians or skin care professionals.  Don’t be swayed by the ease of purchasing over the internet or at bargain prices.  Your health depends upon it.

The FDA is asking consumers to beware of purchasing cosmetics online because there is no way to know the safety or efficacy of the product ingredients.  Cosmetics sold on Amazon, eBay or other sites may have passed their expiration date or kept at incorrect temperatures that could cause the product ingredients to break down making them harmful to the skin or cause systemic reactions.  The FDA has stopped some products of unlicensed Botox that was shipped from China, Canada, Britain and Brazil from entering the U.S.  Mascara that was purchased online was tested and found to have lead, copper, arsenic, mercury and cadmium which could pose serious health issues.

Cosmetics fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and they are responsible for making sure cosmetics are safe to use.  They investigate labeling issues, dangerous ingredients and contamination issues.  The FDA does not approve cosmetics for sale, but steps in when they receive complaints from consumers; especially about adverse reactions, unpleasant smells or if the cosmetic does not look right.

Over the past year, companies like Avon, L’Oreal and Almay have been warned by the FDA regarding making exaggerated anti-aging claims on their labels and in advertising campaigns (see earlier blog articles).

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Gray, S. (2013).  Wear TV, “FDA investigating cosmetic problems”. Retrieved November 20, 2013, from: http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/fda-investigating-cosmetic-problems-38296.shtml