Toxic Skincare & The FDA

 

THE FDA DOES NOT REGULATE SKINCARE PRODUCTS. 

Companies in the U.S. are allowed to put ingredients into personal care products with no required safety testing, and without disclosing all the ingredients.

 

ALWAYS CHECK PRODUCT INGREDIENTS. Don't just rely on the brands name or advertising. Just because a brand may be well-known or trusted, doesn't mean that it is safe. Marketing plays a very important role in our society and lots of companies hide behind it.


For example, the well-known and trusted brand Johnson & Johnson has been used for generations and has recently been found to use cancer-causing ingredients in their baby products. Below are some links where you can read articles and watch videos to learn more about it.

Johnson & Johnson Admits Their Baby Products Contain Cancer Causing-Formaldehyde
Johnson & Johnson to Pay $72m For Cancer Death Caused By Talcum Powder
Toxic Cancer Causing Ingredients Found in Children's Bath Products
Johnson & Johnson- Toxic Ingredients- Time Magazine


Two chemicals that have been linked to cancer, formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane, have been found in dozens of leading baby shampoos and bath products. Companies should be using the safest possible ingredients, and the government should be holding them accountable to that, but they aren't. 


In Europe, you won’t find talc in many baby powders, the skin-lightening ingredient hydroquinone in skin creams, lead acetate in hair dye, or many other toxic substances because they are banned from personal care products. Here, you can find those substances in personal care products, with no health warnings.


In the U.S., the Cosmetics Ingredient Review Panel, a non-governmental body that shares offices with the cosmetics industry trade association, is in charge of determining whether ingredients are safe. Even if they do recommend against using one, companies are free to ignore their recommendations.

 

So it is up to you, the consumer, to check all product labels before purchasing to ensure you're using the safest products possible on yourself and on your loved ones.